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Milwaukee Admirals
250px-Milwaukee Admirals.svg
City: Milwaukee, Wisconsin
League: American Hockey League
Conference: Western Conference
Division: Midwest Division
Founded: 1970 as an amateur team
Home Arena: Bradley Center
Colors: Black, ice blue, white

              

Owner(s): Group headed by
Harris Turer
General Manager: Paul Fenton
Head Coach: Kirk Muller
Media: WSSP (1250 AM)
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Affiliates: Nashville Predators (NHL)
Cincinnati Cyclones (ECHL)
Franchise history
1970 (amateur): Milwaukee Wings
1973–1977 (United States Hockey League: Milwaukee Admirals
1977–2001 (International Hockey League (1945–2001): Milwaukee Admirals
2001–present (American Hockey League: Milwaukee Admirals
Championships
Regular Season Titles: 1 AHL (2003–04)
Division Championships: 4 IHL (1982–83, 1992–93, 1994–95, 1995–96)
4 AHL (2003–04, 2005–06, 2008–09, 2010–11)
Conference Championships: 2 (2003–04),(2005–06)
Calder Cups: 1 (2003–04)
Playoff Championships: 1 USHL title (1975–76)

The Milwaukee Admirals are a professional ice hockey team in the American Hockey League. They play in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA at the Bradley Center.

Official Milwaukee Admirals Website: http://www.milwaukeeadmirals.com/

HistoryEdit

The Admirals first took to the ice in the winter of 1970 as an amateur club known as the Milwaukee Wings. They lost their first game on January 25 when the Madison All-Stars beat them 17–7. They got their first win five days later when they defeated the Milwaukee Winter Club 10–8.

The next year the team was sold by the original owner Reed Fansher to a group of investors. One of the investors, Erwin J. Merar, owned an appliance store. The team was renamed the "Admirals" after a brand of household appliances sold in Merar's store.

Beginning with the 1973–74 season the Admirals joined the newly formed United States Hockey League. Their first season in a league was not particularly successful as they ended the season in last place in their division. They won only 11 games, lost 35 games, and tied 2 games that season.

The Admirals won the USHL league championship in 1976, winning seven straight games in the league's playoffs. In the off-season, the team was purchased by former Chicago Blackhawks announcer Lloyd Pettit and his wife, Jane Bradley-Pettit.

For the 1977–78 season the Admirals joined the International Hockey League as the USHL was becoming a strictly amateur league. The Admirals appeared in the IHL's Turner Cup finals only once (1983), where they lost to Toledo in six games.

They stayed a part of the IHL until it joined the American Hockey League for the 2001–02 season when the IHL ceased operations. Five other IHL franchises also joined the AHL that season.

They won their first Calder Cup in 2004 when they defeated the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins. Prior to the Finals, Milwaukee needed seven games to defeat the Cincinnati Mighty Ducks in the first round. Then the Admirals defeated the Chicago Wolves in six games to advance to the Conference Finals. The Admirals then eliminated the Rochester Americans four games to one. Milwaukee then swept the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins to win the Calder Cup. The Admirals completed a rare postseason run in which they needed one fewer game to eliminate their opponents in each subsequent series.

The Admirals were purchased in June 2005 by a group of investors, led by Harris J. Turer, including Milwaukee Brewers owner Mark Attanasio, assistant general manager Gord Ash and pitcher Ben Sheets. The Brewers subsequently became the sole uniform sponsor of the Admirals, and the Admirals wear a Brewers logo patch on their sweaters.

The Admirals won their second division title as a member of the American Hockey League in 2006, clinching the title on the last day of their schedule with a win over the Grand Rapids Griffins.

After narrowly winning a seven-game playoff series over the Iowa Chops, Milwaukee swept both the Houston Aeros and Grand Rapids Griffins to advance to their second Calder Cup final series. To their disappointment, the Admirals would lose 4–2 to the Hershey Bears.

On August 1, 2006, the Admirals unveiled their newest logo to the public at the Henry Maier Festival Park (also known as the Summerfest grounds). The logo came with a radical color change for the team, away from red and blue hues to one of black, white and light blue. They also unveiled their new slogan, "Never Say Die".

NHL AffiliationEdit

The Admirals have been the top-level affiliate of the Nashville Predators since that team's founding in 1998. On February 22, 2010, the clubs signed a new agreement that will extend that relationship through the 2011-2012 season with a mutual option for the 2012-2013 season. Coincidentally but unrelated, the two cities' baseball franchises share a reverse affiliation, as the Nashville Sounds are the AAA affiliate of the Milwaukee Brewers.

During the 2006–2007 season, the Admirals were also part of an unusual affiliation agreement with the Edmonton Oilers, who used five partial affiliates in the AHL for the 2006–07 season. These five affiliates include the Milwaukee Admirals, the Grand Rapids Griffins, the Iowa Chops, the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins, and the Hamilton Bulldogs. This arrangement lasted one season, as the Oilers announced a three-year affiliation with the Springfield Falcons on March 19, 2007. The Oilers are now affiliated with the Oklahoma City Barons.

Season-by-Season ResultsEdit

  • Milwaukee Wings 1970 Independent team
  • Milwaukee Admirals 1970–1973 Independent team
  • Milwaukee Admirals 1973–1977 (United States Hockey League)
  • Milwaukee Admirals 1977–2001 (International Hockey League)
  • Milwaukee Admirals 2001–present (American Hockey League)

Regular SeasonEdit

Season Games WonLostTiedOTLSOLPoints Goals
For
Goals
Against
Standing
19701587 016—-—-Independent
1970–712214 7 1 29—-—-Independent
1971–72241112 1 23167117Independent
1972–733226 5 1 53228145Independent
1973–74481135 2 241923185th, South
1974–75481830 0 362412883rd, South
1975–76482325 0 462792703rd, South
1976–77482323 2 482312411st, South
1977–7880273815 692572993rd, South
1978–7980214811 532603914th, South
1979–8080294110 683274023rd, South
1980–8182323515 793543713rd, West
1981–82824134 7 913853512nd, IHL
1982–83824330 9 984073121st, West
1983–84824630 61014033352nd, IHL
1984–85822552 5 602923899th, IHL
1985–86824828 1 51023683062nd, West
1986–87824137 4 0 683423583rd, West
1987–88822154 7 492884304th, West
1988–89825423 51133993232nd, West
1989–90823639 7 793163703rd, West
1990–91823643 3 752753164th, West
1991–92823836 8 843063093rd, East
1992–93824923101083292801st, Midwest
1993–9481402417 973383022nd, Midwest
1994–9581442710 983172981st, Central
1995–9682403210 902903071st, Midwest
1996–97823836 8 842532984th, Midwest
1997–98824334 5 912672623rd, Northwest
1998–9982382816 922542654th, Midwest
1999–00823736 9 832222465th, Eastern
2000–01824233 7 912442175th, Eastern
2001–02803035 10 5 751982075th, West
2002–03803227 14 7 852472514th, West
2003–04804624 7 31022691911st, West
2004–05804724 5 4 1032472072nd, West
2005–06804921 6 41082682341st, West
2006–07804125 410 962272303rd, West
2007–08804429 43 952312124th, West
2008–09804922 36 1072291951st, West
2009–10804130 2 7 912372204th, West
2010–11804422 6 8 1022261941st, West
2011–12764029 2 5 872101905th, West

PlayoffsEdit

SeasonPrelim1st Round2nd Round3rd RoundFinals
1970 Independent team.
1970–71 Independent team.
1971–72 Independent team.
1972–73 Independent team.
1973–74 Out of playoffs.
1974–75 Out of playoffs.
1975–76 W, 2–0, SC W, 2–0, TC W, 3–0, GB
1976–77 W, 2–0–2, GB L, 1–2–3, GR
1977–78 L, 1–4, TOL
1978–79 L, 3–4, GR
1979–80 L, 0–4, SAG
1980–81 L, 3–4, FW
1981–82 L, 1–4, SAG
1982–83 byeW, 4–1, KAL L, 2–4, TOL
1983–84 byeL, 0–4, FLI
1984–85 Out of playoffs.
1985–86 L, 1–4, PEO
1986–87 L, 2–4, SLC
1987–88 Out of playoffs.
1988–89 W, 4–2, KAL L, 1–4, SLC
1989–90 L, 2–4, SLC
1990–91 L, 2–4, PEO
1991–92 L, 1–4, MUS
1992–93 L, 2–4, KC
1993–94 L, 0–4, ATL
1994–95 W, 3–2, SD W, 4–1, LV L, 1–4, DEN
1995–96 L, 2–3, PEO
1996–97 L, 0–3, LB
1997–98 W, 3–1, HOU L, 2–4, CHI
1998–99 L, 0–2, MTB
1999–00 L, 1–2, CLE
2000–01 L, 1–4, CHI
2001–02 Out of playoffs.
2002–03 W, 2–1, ROCH L, 0–3, HOU
2003–04 W, 4–3, CIN W, 4–2, CHI W, 4–1, ROCH W, 4–0, WBS
2004–05 L, 3–4, CIN
2005–06 W, 4–3, IOWA W, 4–0, HOU W, 4–0, GR L, 2–4, HER
2006–07 L, 0–4, CHI
2007–08 L, 2–4, CHI
2008–09 W, 4-0, ROCK L, 3-4, HOU
2009–10 L, 3-4, CHI
2010–11 W, 4-2, TEX L, 3-4, HOU
2011–12 L, 0-3, ABB

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