Known as “The Original Admiral,” Dennis McEwen was one of the first players to skate on the ice at Norfolk Scope Arena in October 1989 during the team’s inaugural season. McEwen spent the better part of the next ten years with the Admirals and was a member of all three championship teams.
A solid two-way forward and a team leader, McEwen was a fan favorite in Hampton Roads for parts of seven seasons. He appeared in 262 regular season games with the Admirals, scoring 76 goals and 126 assists. He is one of just seven players to have recorded more than 200 points in an Admirals career.
Some of McEwen’s greatest Admirals contributions came in his 40 playoff games. On March 17, 1990, McEwen became the first ECHL player to record a playoff hat trick as he netted four goals – including the overtime game-winner – in a 5-4 win over the Erie Panthers. As of 2009, no player in ECHL playoff history has ever topped four goals in a game. In each of the next two seasons, McEwen ranked in the top five of team scoring as the Admirals captured the 1991 and 1992 Riley Cup Championships.
After briefly retiring following the 1991-92 season, McEwen returned for parts of four more seasons with the Admirals from 1993-99 and was briefly a member of the 1997-98 Admirals Kelly Cup Championship squad. McEwen ranks fourth in games played, sixth in goals, eighth in assists and seventh in points in Hampton Roads Admirals history.