Norfolk Admirals announce new ownership

NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) – The Norfolk Admirals have announced that they are now under new ownership in a press release on Thursday afternoon.

The Oilers Entertainment Group have sold their ECHL Membership in Norfolk to Mango Media Group. The Admirals will remain the ECHL affiliate of the Edmonton Oilers of the NHL.

Mango is a real estate group based out of New York.

The Admirals were a member of the AHL from 2000 to 2015 when the team then moved to San Diego. In 2015, it was announced that the Oilers would move their ECHL affiliate from Bakersfield to Norfolk.

Joe Gregory, the General Manager of the Tides, was also the Vice President of the Admirals, but he will no longer be in that role with the new ownership group of the Admirals and he assures fans the team has no plans of leaving Hampton Roads.

“I don’t see this as a threat at all, I think they have a great organization there,” Gregory said. “I think everyone realizes Norfolk is a great market, there’s a great building, great history, I could not imagine a better place to have a minor league hockey team than Norfolk so I don’t think there is any reason to be concerned.”

The rest of the current Admirals office staff is expected to remain with the organization.

Norfolk will begin the 2016 – 2017 season on October 14 at the Scope hosting Kalamazoo.

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