The Admirals 25th home opener on October 11 is just 23 days away! So we are counting down the days recognizing 25 memorable moments in the 25 years of Admirals Hockey, in a segment we call 25 in 25. Each day we will highlight a great moment in the Admirals proud 25-year history to get you set for the 2013-14 home opener!
#23 – November 22, 1989
Forward Tom Bissett only appeared in five games for the Admirals, but he certainly made the most of them. Bissett totaled 14-points during that five-game span, but accrued nine of those points in one single game against the Greensboro Monarchs at the Norfolk Scope on November 22, 1989.
Bissett scored the first of his six goals on the night in the final minute of the first period. He wasted little time in the second period, scoring his second marker of the night just 36 seconds into the middle frame.
Nearly two minutes later, Bissett sealed the natural hat-trick. He then scored his fourth consecutive goal for the Admirals to extend his team's lead to 6-2 just 5:20 into the second period.
In the third period, Bissett added two more tallies on the power play to conclude his six-goal night. He finished the game with three assists to cap off a nine-point performance in a 10-2 Admirals victory.
The nine-point night by Bissett set an ECHL record, which would eventually be broken by former Admiral Trevor Jobe while he was a member of the Nashville Knights, with a 10-point game at Roanoke Valley.
Bissett and Brad McCaughey (Toledo, 1991) currently hold the ECHL record for most goals scored in a single game with six.
Other notable stats from the game, was Brian Martin's eight-point night (2g, 6a), and Dennis McEwen's six assists.
The game marked the first ever meeting between the Admirals and the Monarchs. After the 10-2 defeat, many thought Greensboro would be the pushovers of the ECHL. However, the Monarchs rallied in the second half of the season, and went on to win the Riley Cup.
The Seattle, Washington native Bissett went on to play five games in the National Hockey League for the Detroit Redwings. Prior to joining Hampton Roads, he posted a 103-point season with the Waterloo Black Hawks of the USHL in 1984-85. Bissett's linemate that season was former Admiral great Rod Taylor who posted 83 points, and set a single-season goals record of 54. Bissett also played four seasons at Michigan Tech. After several years playing overseas in Europe, Bissett retired in 2003.
Tomorrow on 25 in 25, we will relive moment #22 as we countdown to the Admirals home opener on October 11!
The 25th season of Admirals hockey opens on October 5 at Hartford. The Admirals home opener will take place on Friday, October 11 at 7:30 p.m. against the Binghamton Senators. The Admirals play host to the Charlotte Checkers in a preseason exhibition at Scope on September 28, beginning at 7:15 p.m. Preseason game tickets are on sale now for $10. Regular season single game tickets will go on sale beginning on Wednesday, September 25.
Game tickets are available through the Norfolk Scope Box Office, all Ticketmaster Outlets, charge-by-phone at 1-800-745-3000 and online at ticketmaster.com.
Don’t miss a minute of Admirals action by purchasing your season tickets today. Stop by the Admirals’ Administrative Offices at Scope, or call (757) 640-1212 Office hours are Monday - Friday from 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Fans can also visit us online at www.norfolkadmirals.com