From 1991 to 2007, few faces were as familiar at Norfolk Scope than that of Al MacIsaac.
MacIsaac, a defenseman, had great success in junior and collegiate hockey, winning the 1986 Memorial Cup with the Guelph Platers (OHL) and being named 1991 Male Athlete of the Year at St. Francis Xavier University. MacIsaac joined Hampton Roads for his first professional season in 1991-92. That year, the Admirals won their second consecutive Riley Cup Championship with MacIsaac leading all defensemen in scoring. The following season, he played in the ECHL All-Star Game and won the American Hockey League’s Calder Cup Championship with the Cape Breton Oilers.
In 1994, MacIsaac retired from playing after only 113 games with the Admirals, scoring 24 goals and 63 assists. He became the Admirals’ assistant coach and assistant general manager in 1994 and was promoted to general manager in 1996. In 1998, MacIsaac won his fourth championship when the Admirals won the Kelly Cup.
MacIsaac remained in Norfolk as general manager when the Admirals moved to the AHL in 2000. For the next seven seasons, MacIsaac oversaw the day-to-day hockey operations of the Admirals’ players and staff while also serving as a scout for the NHL’s Chicago Blackhawks.
MacIsaac helped to establish the Admirals tradition of excellence during the team’s infancy and carried it with him to the AHL. During his tenure with the Admirals, MacIsaac was involved in 1,262 combined regular season and playoff games as a player, assistant coach, assistant general manager and general manager.