BOSTON, Mass. – Eight former Norfolk Admirals players hoisted the Stanley Cup last night in Boston as the Chicago Blackhawks defeated the Boston Bruins, 3-2, in Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Finals, winning the series, four games to two.
Facing a one-goal deficit in the final minutes of regulation, the Blackhawks received goals from two former Admirals forwards to earn the Game 6 victory. Bryan Bickell tied the game at 2-2 with 1:16 remaining in regulation. Less than 18 seconds later, Dave Bolland scored the go-ahead and eventual Cup-clinching goal to put Chicago ahead, 3-2. Both Bickell and Bolland made their professional debuts with the Admirals during the 2006-07 season. Bolland becomes the second former Admiral to be credited with a Stanley Cup-clinching goal (Travis Moen, Anaheim Ducks, 2007).
Bickell and Bolland were joined by defensemen Duncan Keith and Brent Seabrook, as well as goaltender Corey Crawford, as five former Admirals hoisted the Stanley Cup as players for the Blackhawks. All five players made their professional debuts with the Admirals. Crawford played every minute of the playoffs for Chicago, leading the NHL in games played (23), wins (16) and goals-against average (1.84) in the 2013 Stanley Cup Playoffs. Bickell and Crawford will have their names engraved on the Stanley Cup for the first time. Bolland, Keith and Seabrook will have their names engraved on the NHL’s championship trophy for the second time, as they also won the Stanley Cup with Chicago in 2010.
In addition, Admirals Hall of Famers Al MacIsaac and Mark Bernard also won their second Stanley Cups as members of Chicago’s front office. MacIsaac, who was a player, assistant coach and General Manager for the Admirals, is currently Vice President/Assistant to the President for the Blackhawks. Bernard, who was a player, assistant general manager and Vice President for the Admirals, is General Manager of Minor League Affiliations for the Blackhawks. Finally, Jamie Kompon, who played for the Admirals in their inaugural ECHL season in 1989-90, won his second consecutive Stanley Cup as an assistant coach, following up his victory with the Los Angeles Kings last year (also as an assistant coach).
Below are pertinent notes and statistics for the five former Admirals players who won the Stanley Cup last night with the Blackhawks. Once the engravings are completed later this year, 24 former Admirals players or staff will have their names on the Stanley Cup a total of 32 times. A complete list can also be found below.
BRYAN BICKELL (LW): Admirals statistics (2006-07): 48 GP, 10 G, 15 A, 25 PTS, 66 PIM, +14
- Made professional debut with Admirals in 2006-07 Chicago statistics (2013 playoffs): 23 GP, 9 G*, 8 A, 17 PTS*, 14 PIM, +11*
*Ranked 2nd in goals, 5th in points and 5th in plus/minus in the NHL in the 2013 Stanley Cup Playoffs
DAVE BOLLAND (C): Admirals statistics (2006-07): 65 GP, 17 G, 32 A, 49 PTS, 53 PIM, -2
- Made professional debut with Admirals in 2006-07 Chicago statistics (2013 playoffs): 18 GP, 3 G, 3 A, 6 PTS, 24 PIM, -2
- Second former Admiral to score a Stanley Cup clinching goal (Travis Moen, Anaheim, 2007)
COREY CRAWFORD (G): Admirals statistics (2005-07): 108 GPI, 60 W, 43 L, 3 SOL, 2.88 GAA, .904 SV%, 2 SO
- Made professional debut with Admirals in 2005-06
- Ranks third in wins and fourth in goaltender games played in AHL Admirals history Chicago statistics (2013 playoffs): 23 GPI*, 16 W*, 7 L, 1.84 GAA*, .932 SV%, 1 SO
*Led NHL in games played, wins and goals-against average in the 2013 Stanley Cup Playoffs
DUNCAN KEITH (D): Admirals statistics (2003-05): 154 GP, 16 G, 35 A, 51 PTS, 122 PIM, -8
- Made professional debut with Admirals in 2003-04 Chicago statistics (2013 playoffs): 22 GP, 2 G, 11 A*, 13 PTS, 18 PIM, +10**
*Ranked 7th in assists and 6th in plus/minus in the NHL in the 2013 Stanley Cup Playoffs
BRENT SEABROOK (D): Admirals statistics (2004-05): 3 GP, 0 G, 0 A, 0 PTS, 2 PIM, -3
- Made professional debut with Admirals in 2004-05 Chicago statistics (2013 playoffs): 23 GP, 3 G, 1 A, 4 PTS, 4 PIM, -1
*Tied for the NHL lead with two overtime goals in the 2013 Stanley Cup Playoffs – including the series-clinching goal in Game 7 of the Western Conference Semifinals against Detroit
FORMER ADMIRALS WITH NAMES ENGRAVED ON THE STANLEY CUP*: Anton Babchuk, Mark Bernard (2), Bryan Bickell, Dave Bolland (2), Troy Brouwer, Adam Burish, Dustin Byfuglien, Corey Crawford, Aaron Downey, Colin Fraser (2), Mike Haviland, Jordan Hendry, Kent Huskins, Andrew Hutchinson, Duncan Keith (2), Jamie Kompon (2), Al MacIsaac (2), Chris McAlpine, Travis Moen, Darren Rumble, Brent Seabrook (2), Shawn Thornton (2), Kris Versteeg, Valeri Zelepukin
*Includes 2013 Stanley Cup winners, whose names will be engraved on the Cup later this year
The Hampton Roads Admirals were members of the ECHL from 1989-90 through 1999-2000, winning three ECHL championships. The Norfolk Admirals have been members of the American Hockey League since 2000-01, winning the 2012 Calder Cup. Since 1989-90, 131 former Admiral players have graduated to play at least one game in the National Hockey League, earning nearly 6,000 NHL points and 1,000 NHL goaltending victories in nearly 19,000 NHL games.
The Admirals are entering their second season as the American Hockey League affiliate of the NHL's Anaheim Ducks. In 2012-13, nine players donned both the Admirals and Ducks jerseys: Emerson Etem, Viktor Fasth, Jordan Hendry, Peter Holland, Patrick Maroon, Brandon McMillan, Kyle Palmieri, Devante Smith-Pelly and Sami Vatanen. The puck will drop at Norfolk Scope Arena for the 25th season of Admirals hockey next October. 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.