The Edmonton Oilers Hockey Club announced today they have agreed to move their ECHL affiliate from Bakersfield, California to Norfolk, Virginia.
Oilers President of Hockey Operations Kevin Lowe says, "We are very excited to open a new chapter with our ECHL team moving to Norfolk, a city with a deep history for the game. Norfolk is a great place for our young players to learn and develop and we look forward to working with the fans and the city of Norfolk.”
Admirals hockey returns to the ECHL after a 15-year membership in the AHL. Known as the Hampton Roads Admirals from 1989 until 2000, the team won three ECHL championships, including back-to-back Riley Cups in 1991 and 1992, and the first-ever Kelly Cup in 1997. The Admirals are currently tied for the most ECHL championships by any franchise in league history and also lead with nine inductees to the ECHL Hall of Fame that have been members of the Admirals organization.
"The Norfolk Admirals are proud to be able to continue to bring professional hockey to Norfolk as we start a new chapter in our rich history," said Admirals Vice President Joe Gregory. "We remain committed to providing quality hockey and affordable family entertainment to Hampton Roads. The Edmonton Oilers and the ECHL are both tremendous partners. We look forward to working together with them next year and for years to come."