No player has recorded more assists and no defenseman has recorded more points in AHL Admirals history than Marty Wilford. The offensive blueliner led all team defenseman in scoring in each of the four seasons he played with Norfolk from 2000-01 to 2004-05. In 318 games played, Wilford recorded 32 goals, 141 assists and 173 points with Norfolk.
Selected in the sixth round (149th overall) by the Chicago Blackhawks in 1995 NHL Entry Draft, Wilford first joined the Norfolk Admirals for their inaugural AHL season in 2000-01 after splitting his first three professional seasons between the IHL and ECHL. He posted seven goals and 48 points in 80 games in his first season with the Admirals. After being traded prior to the 2001-02 season, Wilford returned to Norfolk in 2002-03 as an alternate captain (a distinction he would retain for the remainder of his Admirals playing career) and equaled his 48-point output with 13 goals and 35 assists in 80 games. Wilford's 48-point seasons in 2000-01 and 2002-03 stood as single-season records for AHL Admirals defensemen until 2011-12.
Wilford is also one of the most durable players in Admirals history. He played 168 consecutive regular season games from Oct. 11, 2002 – Oct. 31, 2004 – the longest consecutive games played streak in AHL Admirals history. His 318 total games played ranks third in AHL Admirals history. Wilford is the AHL Admirals all-time assists leader (141) and leads all Admiral defensemen in goals (32), points (173) and games played (318).
The Admirals made the playoffs in each of Wilford’s four seasons with the team. In 32 career Calder Cup Playoff games with the Admirals, Wilford ranks second all-time in games played (32), tied for second in points (16) and leads all Admirals in assists (15).
Wilford appeared in 539 combined AHL games with Norfolk, St. John’s, Milwaukee, Hartford, Manchester, and Iowa from 2000-01 – 2006-07, tallying 47 goals and 275 points. He then spent four seasons playing in Europe and retired following the 2010-11 season. After that time, Wilford joined the Anaheim Ducks organization as an assistant coach for the club's AHL affiliate. When the Ducks moved their affiliation to Norfolk this season, the Cobourg, Ontario native returned to the Admirals as an assistant coach.