(WAVY) – As the Norfolk Admirals wrap up their final season in the American Hockey League, it was announced today that next year’s team will play in the ECHL’s East Division.
Ken Young told the Sportswrap said he was forced to sell his AHL Admirals team to the Anaheim Ducks, which will in turn move the Norfolk team to San Diego next season.
The move is part of a new California division for the NHL’s west coast affiliates and to have them closer to their parent clubs.
To replace the AHL Admirals, Young has made a deal with the Edmonton Oilers to move their ECHL team from Bakersfield, California to Norfolk. Edmonton will own the team, Young will operate it.
Norfolk’s “new” team, which we presume will still be called the Admirals will join the East Division of the ECHL’s Eastern Conference along with teams from Adirondack New York, Manchester, New Hampshire, Elmira, New York and Reading Pennsylvania. Adirondack, Manchester and Norfolk are currently playing their final seasons in the AHL.
Norfolk played in the ECHL for over a decade, and still has more championships than any other team in that league.
And all but two of the 16 players, coaches and owners in the Admirals Hall of Fame, played for the team during it’s ECHL years.
The ECHL has 28 teams in 20 states and one in Canada