The Admirals 25th home opener on October 11 is just 11 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!
#11 John Brophy
Bring up the old Hampton Roads Admirals days, and it is likely that at some point the name John Brophy will come up. Almost every Admirals fan, and really anyone who had crossed paths with him at some point will have a story to tell about John Brophy. No Admirals countdown could be without recognizing the achievements of one of the most colorful and fiery personalities in the game.
From the team’s founding in 1989 through the move to the American Hockey League in 2000, there was only one Admirals head coach: John Brophy.
During an 18-season playing career, Brophy skated in over 1,200 games and accumulated more than 4,000 penalty minutes. After retiring as a player, Brophy coached for 20 seasons with jobs in the SHL, WHA, CHL, AHL and with the NHL’s Toronto Maple Leafs. One of Brophy’s first head coaching jobs was with the SHL’s Hampton Gulls, who played at the Hampton Coliseum from 1975-77.
On February 8, 2000 in a game against Trenton, Brophy won his 400th ECHL game. While coaching the Wheeling Nailers, he coached his 800th ECHL game on March 13, 2002.
Brophy joined the Admirals for their first season in 1989-90. In 11 seasons, he led Hampton Roads to a regular season record of 416-250-72. However, he is best known for leading the Admirals to three ECHL championships. In the team’s second season, the Brophy-led Admirals won the 1991 Riley Cup in front of the Scope crowd. The Admirals repeated as Riley Cup champions in 1992. The 1998 Kelly Cup Championship holds special significance, as Brophy’s Admirals were the last team to qualify for the playoffs but went 14-4 in the postseason to capture their third ECHL title.
His 1,027 career coaching wins are the second most in professional hockey history, trailing only Scotty Bowman.
He may also be the only ECHL coach, who spray-painted his hair blue for a playoff series...
Tomorrow on 25 in 25, we will relive moment #10 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. 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