Victory Celebration and St. Baldrick’s Beard Shaving to Take Place Wednesday
NORFOLK, Va. – The victory celebration for the 2012 Calder Cup Champion Norfolk Admirals will take place on Wednesday, June 13, from 4:30 – 7:00 p.m.
The festivities will begin at 4:30 p.m. with a parade on Granby Street. The parade will begin on Plume Street and conclude on the Norfolk Scope Plaza at 5:00 p.m. The Honorable Mayor Paul D, Fraim will preside over the festivities, which will include entertainment, food and beverage available for purchase, and the chance to purchase Admirals Calder Cup Champion gear.
In addition to the celebration, the Admirals have teamed up with the St. Baldrick’s Foundation to shave the Admirals’ playoff beards to benefit pediatric cancer research. Admirals players and staff such as Eric Neilson, Scott Jackson, Mike Angelidis, Ken Young and Joe Gregory will have their beards shaven off on the Scope Plaza with donations benefitting the St. Baldrick’s Foundation. Fans may donate at the parade or by visiting shavetheadmirals.com.
In the event of inclement weather, the celebration will be moved inside Norfolk Scope Arena.
The Norfolk Admirals have won the 2012 Calder Cup Championship after defeating the Toronto Marlies in the best-of-seven Calder Cup Finals, four games to zero. Norfolk earned its first ever American Hockey League championship last Saturday afternoon at the Ricoh Coliseum in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, after a 6-1 victory over the Marlies in Game 4.
The Admirals, who won the Macgregor Kilpatrick Trophy as the AHL’s regular season champions with a 55-18-1-2 record, reached the Calder Cup Finals after defeating the Manchester Monarchs in four games in the best-of-five Eastern Conference Quarterfinals, the Connecticut Whale in six games in the best-of-seven Eastern Conference Semifinals and the St. John’s IceCaps in four games in the best-of-seven Eastern Conference Finals.
Norfolk, the AHL affiliate of the Tampa Bay Lightning, won its last 28 regular season games to establish a North American professional hockey record. The Admirals then went 15-3 in the 2012 Calder Cup Playoffs en route to the first Calder Cup Championship in Virginia history. Norfolk brings a professional hockey championship back to Hampton Roads 14 years after the Hampton Roads Admirals of the ECHL won their third championship (1991 and 1992 Riley Cup, 1998 Kelly Cup).
Norfolk becomes the 28th different city to win the Calder Cup in the 76-season history of the American Hockey League’s championship trophy. The Admirals recorded the 17th sweep in Calder Cup Finals history (15th in a best-of-seven format).
Reserve your 2012-13 Admirals season tickets with a deposit of as little as $100 per seat today. Stop by the Admirals’ Administrative Offices at Scope, call (757) 640-1212 weekdays from 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. or visit norfolkadmirals.com anytime!