NORFOLK, VA – The Norfolk Admirals have re-signed center Bracken Kearns and signed forward Jay Rosehill to AHL Standard Player’s Contracts for the 2008-09 season, Admirals General Manager Mike Butters announced today.
"In order for a player to call himself an Admiral next season, he will have to compete every night and show a lot of heart," said Admirals Head Coach Darren Rumble. "Last season, these two players proved that they would exceed those standards and we are happy to have them back in Norfolk."
"I can sum up Bracken Kearns in one word: heart. He is a multidimensional player who will be especially vital on the penalty kill and in important faceoff situations."
“Jay Rosehill is a competitor who went above and beyond the call of duty many times last season. He matured quite a bit in the second half and we expect him to play an essential role in Norfolk this season."
Kearns, a 6-foot, 195-pound center from Vancouver, British Columbia, appeared in 53 games for the Admirals last season, registering nine goals and 16 assists with 40 penalty minutes. Kearns also chipped in two power play goals, one shorthanded goal and two game-winning goals. He was originally signed to a Professional Tryout Contract on December 14 and earned a Standard Player’s Contract on January 25. By late March, Kearns was one of Norfolk’s alternate captains.
Kearns has appeared in 133 career American Hockey League games between Norfolk, the Milwaukee Admirals and Cleveland Barons, scoring 20 goals and adding 32 assists with 99 penalty minutes.
Last season, Kearns also played 17 games with the ECHL’s Reading Royals, scoring five goals and 13 assists for 18 points and 47 penalty minutes. He led the Royals in assists and ranked second in points before being summoned to the Admirals in December. In 88 career ECHL games between Reading and the Toledo Storm, Kearns has 38 goals and 49 assists with 83 penalty minutes.
Kearns earned a roster spot as a walk-on at the University of Calgary in 2001-02 and became team captain as a senior. In 136 career collegiate games, he scored 31 goals and added 52 assists for 83 points and 56 penalty minutes. Kearns is the son of longtime NHL defenseman Dennis Kearns, who remains tied for the career lead in scoring by a Vancouver Canucks defenseman.
Rosehill, 23, is a 6-foot-3, 195-pound forward from Olds, Alberta. Rosehill led Norfolk with 194 penalty minutes in 66 games last season. He also registered professional highs with three goals, one game-winning goal and seven points. All of Rosehill’s scoring last season came in his final 34 games played.
Rosehill will enter his fourth professional season in 2008-09. In 176 career American Hockey League games between Norfolk and the Springfield Falcons, Rosehill has four goals, eleven assists and 347 penalty minutes. He has also appeared in eight career ECHL games between the Johnstown Chiefs and Mississippi Sea Wolves, going scoreless with 21 penalty minutes.
Rosehill was drafted in the seventh round (227th overall) of the 2003 NHL Entry Draft by the Tampa Bay Lightning. He began his pro career as a defenseman but played primarily as a forward in 2007-08.
Rosehill played two seasons of junior hockey in the Alberta Junior Hockey League with the Olds Grizzlys, notching eight goals and 13 assists with 376 penalty minutes in 91 games. Rosehill also spent one season with the University of Minnesota Duluth, appearing in 34 games with five assists and 103 penalty minutes.
The twentieth season of Admirals hockey starts this October. Don’t miss a minute of the action by purchasing your 2008-09 season tickets today. Stop by the Admirals’ Administrative Offices at Scope or call (757) 640-1212 weekdays from 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. or visit norfolkadmirals.com anytime!