NORFOLK, VA – Norfolk Admirals General Manager Mike Butters announced today that the Admirals have signed forwards Brock Hooton and Mac Faulkner and defenseman Steve Ward to Professional Tryout Contracts (PTOs). All three players will join the Admirals from the ECHL’s Reading Royals and will be in uniform tonight when the Admirals take on the Philadelphia Phantoms. In addition, the Admirals have released forward Paul McIlveen and defenseman Wes Cunningham from their Professional Tryout Contracts.
Hooton, 25, is a 6-foot-2, 205-pound right wing out of Nanimo, British Columbia. The third-year pro has played the majority of this season with the Royals, leading the team with 47 points (18 goals and 29 assists) in 49 games. He has also appeared in his first three career AHL games between the Providence Bruins and Albany River Rats, scoring one goal.
Hooton has appeared in 179 career ECHL contests between Reading and the Phoenix Roadrunners, scoring 61 goals and 87 assists. He has also played in 17 career Kelly Cup Playoff contests, recording seven goals and four assists.
Faulkner, 25, is a 6-foot-1, 205-pound center out of King City, Ontario. The fourth-year pro has spent the entire season in Reading, scoring 17 goals and 20 assists in 58 games. In 239 career ECHL games, Faulkner has scored 62 goals and 97 assists. He also has appeared in 12 career Kelly Cup Playoff games, scoring five goals and seven assists.
Faulkner has skated in eight career AHL contests between the Binghamton Senators and Toronto Marlies and has four penalty minutes.
Ward, 23, is a 6-foot-0, 190-pound defenseman out of Scarborough, Ontario. The sophomore pro has appeared in 38 games with Reading this season, scoring six goals and 18 assists. He has also played in ten AHL contests between the Albany River Rats and San Antonio Rampage, recording one assist and four penalty minutes.
Ward appeared in 28 regular season games with the River Rats last season, scoring one goal and adding seven assists. He also skated in every game of Albany’s first round Calder Cup Playoff Series against the Philadelphia Phantoms, recording one assist in seven games.
In 38 career AHL games, Ward has one goal and seven assists. In 83 career ECHL games, he has scored seven goals and 31 assists.
McIlveen and Cunningham both made their AHL debuts last night in Norfolk’s 3-1 victory at Bridgeport. McIlveen had two shots and two penalty minutes while Cunningham had three shots. Both players will return to ECHL Elmira.
Norfolk concludes a four-game road trip tonight in Philadelphia. The puck drops against the Phantoms at 7:05 p.m. Please note that this game, which was originally scheduled for April 12, will be played at the Wachovia Center.
The next home action for the Admirals will come on Friday and Saturday nights when Norfolk hosts the Lowell Devils, AHL affiliate of the New Jersey Devils. The puck drops for both games at 7:15 p.m.
Friday night is Military Appreciation Night. Individuals may show their military ID at the Scope Box Office and receive $8 Red Level Tickets. Groups or commands who would like to sit together may contact the Admirals Group Sales Department at (757) 640-1212 ext. 23. For more details, please visit norfolkadmirals.com.
Saturday night is AAA Member Night. AAA members can receive $3 off Red Level Tickets at the Scope Box Office only. For more details, visit AAA online at AAATidewaterVA.com.
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