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TAMPA BAY – Tampa Bay Lightning Assistant General Manager Claude Loiselle will serve as General Manager of the American Hockey League’s Norfolk Admirals, it was announced by Lightning Executive Vice President & General Manager Jay Feaster. In addition, Rob Kennedy has been named assistant equipment manager for the Lightning, while Pete Henderson will serve as head equipment manager and Rodney Bogart will serve as head medical trainer in Norfolk.

Loiselle, Bogart and Henderson will join Head Coach Steve Stirling and Assistant Coach Darren Rumble to comprise Norfolk’s Hockey Operations Staff for the 2007-08 season. The Admirals will enter their eighth season in the American Hockey League and their first as the Lightning’s top affiliate this October.

Loiselle is entering his third season as Assistant General Manager of the Lightning. He is responsible for the overall, comprehensive and day-to-day management of and compliance with all aspects of the Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA). In addition, Loiselle negotiates NHL, minor league, entry-level and various staff member contracts, assists in all other contract negotiations and handles all immigration issues for players, coaches and staff. He also is responsible for all salary arbitration preparation, including maintenance of detailed comparable player information throughout the season, and serves as a pro scout on an as-needed and as-directed basis.

“Claude Loiselle has done a great job this summer building our depth and assembling what we believe will be a very competitive team in Norfolk,” Feaster said. “He has been actively involved, along with Director of Player Personnel, Bill Barber, in all aspects of our minor league operations for some time now, and we are confident that he will do an outstanding job managing our on-ice operation in Norfolk. While he will continue to be based in Tampa, he will spend a great deal of time both in Norfolk as well as scouting the AHL.”

Loiselle played 13 seasons in the NHL from 1981-82 through 1993-94 with Detroit, New Jersey, Quebec, Toronto and the New York Islanders. In 616 career NHL games he recorded 92 goals, 117 assists and 1,149 penalty minutes. He also appeared in 41 career Stanley Cup Playoff games, and was a member of two Patrick Division Championship teams (New Jersey – 1988; Islanders – 1993).

Prior to making the jump to the NHL, Loiselle played three seasons with the Ontario Hockey League’s Windsor Spitfires, and he spent parts of four seasons with the American Hockey League’s Adirondack Red Wings. In 103 career AHL games, Loiselle had 51 goals and 63 assists with 115 penalty minutes. He also appeared in 22 Calder Cup Playoff Contests and won the 1986 Calder Cup with the Adirondack Red Wings.

Before joining the Lightning, Loiselle spent seven years as associate director of hockey operations for the NHL and was heavily involved in salary arbitration, discipline, player transactions and collective bargaining while also serving as the NHL hockey operations liaison with the AHL. An Ottawa native, Loiselle began his undergraduate studies while playing for the Islanders in 1992 and earned his law degree from McGill University in Montreal in 1998, the same year he was admitted to the New York State Bar.

Kennedy spent the past two seasons with the Florida Panthers organization after two years as the head equipment manager for the AHL’s Cleveland Barons. Prior to joining the Barons he served as head equipment manager of the Muskegon Fury for three years, where he earned a Colonial Cup Championship in 2002.

Henderson brings more than 20 seasons of experience as a professional equipment manager to the Admirals. He served nine seasons as the head equipment manager for the NHL’s Boston Bruins from 1998 to 2006. He also has 10 years of experience as a head equipment manager at the American Hockey League level with the Maine Mariners and Providence Bruins. Henderson served as equipment manager at the 1995 American Hockey League All-Star Game in Providence. He was also the head equipment manager with the International Hockey League’s Peoria Prancers and as assistant equipment manager with the NHL’s New Jersey Devils. A native of Camden, Maine, Henderson received a bachelor’s degree in history from the University of Prince Edward Island and is a certified member of the Athletic Equipment Managers Association.

Bogart spent last season as the head medical trainer for the Johnstown Chiefs, former Lightning ECHL affiliate. Prior to joining the Tampa Bay organization, Bogart spent five seasons as a head athletic therapist in the Ontario Hockey League. He worked four seasons with the Sault St. Marie Greyhounds and one season with the Belleville Bulls. Following graduation from the University of Western Ontario with a degree in Kinesiology, the Hamilton Tiger-Cats of the Canadian Football League hired Bogart as an assistant athletic therapist.

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