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January 25, 2013

Anaheim Reassigns Sami Vatanen to Admirals


ANAHEIM, Calif. – The Anaheim Ducks, NHL parent club of the Norfolk Admirals, have reassigned defenseman Sami Vatanen to the Admirals.

Vatanen, 5-foot-10, 185 pounds, has appeared in 32 games for Norfolk in 2012-13, scoring four goals and 21 points with 30 penalty minutes. He leads all club defensemen in goals, assists and points, and leads all club rookies in assists and points. Vatanen is skating in his first North American professional season after three years playing in the Finnish Elite League (SM-liiga).

A 21-year-old native of Jyväskylä, Finland, Vatanen was selected by Anaheim in the fourth round (106th overall) of the 2009 NHL Entry Draft. Vatanen was named the SM-liiga defenseman of the year and was named to the league’s postseason All-Star team in both 2010-11 and 2011-12. In 156 career games with JyP Jyväskylä in the SM-liiga, Vatanen posted 32 goals and 103 points with 144 penalty minutes.

The Bridgeport Sound Tigers provide the next opposition to the Admirals tonight and tomorrow night at Norfolk Scope Arena. The puck drops tonight at 7:30 p.m. The first 2,000 fans through the gates tonight will receive the second set of 2012-13 Admirals trading cards, courtesy of Michael and Son Services and JPM Financial Services/John's Tax Service.

Tomorrow, the annual Guns and Hoses game to benefit Children's Hospital of the King's Daughters takes place at 4:00 p.m. before the Admirals and Sound Tigers play at 7:15 p.m. A ticket to one game gets you into the other for free. Plus, the third post-game skate with the Admirals of the season takes place after the conclusion of Saturday's Admirals contest. A limited number of skates will be available or you may bring your own skates.

Don’t miss a minute of Admirals action by purchasing your season tickets 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.


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