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Milwaukee Signs NHL Vet For Playoff Run

by Staff Writer / Nashville Predators

Ads, Houston Begin West Division Finals Tonight

Milwaukee, WI - The Milwaukee Admirals announced today that team has signed center Bryan Smolinski to a professional try-out contract. The Toledo, OH native is poised to make his Admirals debut when the team hosts Houston tonight in game one of the West Division Finals at 7:00 pm at the Bradley Center.

A veteran of over 1000 NHL games over 16 seasons, Smolinski joins the Admirals after playing in 21 contests for the Port Huron Icehawks in 2008-09. He averaged over a point a game with the Icehawks, posting nine goals and 21 assists for 30 points to go along with 18 penalty minutes. Smolinski’s last season in the NHL was in 2007-08 when he notched 25 points (8g-17a) in 64 regular season games for Montreal and three points in 12 playoff contests with the Canadiens.

The Boston Bruins first round pick in the 1990 Entry Draft totaled 274 goals and 377 assists for 651 career NHL points in 1056 regular season games for the Bruins, Pittsburgh Penguins, New York Islanders, Los Angeles Kings, Ottawa Senators, Chicago Blackhawks Vancouver Canucks, and Canadiens. Smolinski played in 75 or more games in ten different seasons and topped the 50 point barrier in five campaigns. His most productive offensive season came in 1995-96 when he totaled 64 points on 24 goals and a career-high 40 assists. He cracked the 30 goal plateau with 31 markers for the Bruins in 1993-94 and had 20 or more tallies in five other seasons.

Smolinski has also picked up 52 points (23g-29a) and 60 PIMs in 123 career post-season contests. As a member of the Penguins in 1995-96 he had five goals and four assists in 18 playoff games as the Pens made it all the way to the conference finals before losing in seven games to Florida. The Michigan State University alum made it to the conference finals again in the 2002-03 season Ottawa, contributing nine points (2g-7a), but lost in seven games again this time to the New Jersey Devils.

Fans can purchase individual tickets for tonight’s game by calling Ticketmaster at (800) 745-3000, online at , or in person at the Admirals office (510 W. Kilbourn Ave) or at the Bradley Center Box Office. Groups of ten or more still get a minimum of $2 off the price of each ticket. For more information on group tickets or to book a group fans should call the Admirals office at (414) 227-0550.

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