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Ducks announce AHL affiliation with Norfolk

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The Anaheim Ducks announced Thursday that they have signed a multiyear affiliation agreement with the Norfolk Admirals of the American Hockey League, beginning in the 2012-13 season.

"We are excited to be affiliating with the Admirals in a great hockey market such as Norfolk, Virginia,? Ducks executive vice p and general manager Bob Murray said in a statement. ?We look forward to working with the Norfolk organization and continuing the winning tradition the team has created at Norfolk Scope Arena. We would also like to thank the Syracuse Crunch and its fans for their support over the last two seasons."

Anaheim?s AHL affiliate has combined for a 240-176-25-35 record in 476 games (.567 winning percentage) since the 2005-06 season. The Ducks were affiliated with the Syracuse Crunch from 2010-12, posting a 72-67-8-9 record in 156 games. From 2005-08, Anaheim was affiliated with the Portland Pirates, then spent 2008-09 affiliated with the Iowa Chops.

The Admirals, who entered the AHL in 2000, were affiliated with the Tampa Bay Lightning for the past five seasons and won the Calder Cup in 2012 after setting a professional hockey record by winning their last 28 regular-season games. The Lightning signed an affiliation agreement with Syracuse earlier this month.

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