Post by Pounce Needs Pals on Jul 19, 2019 8:06:47 GMT -6
The team will wear specialty jerseys with a refrigerator on the front to pay homage to the origin of their nickname. Back in 1970 the team was purchase by local businessman Erwin Merar, who owned an appliance store with a top selling brand of Admiral. A sports marketing pioneer ahead of his time, Merar decided to get his store some publicity and thus the Admirals nickname was born.
Post by nickpanther on Jul 19, 2019 10:56:18 GMT -6
Team was called the Wings their first season, then changed to the Admirals the next season. Norfolks team was also called the Admirals, but since the Milwaukee nickname was older , they didn't have to change it
Post by Duct_Tape_Pounce on Dec 28, 2019 12:59:42 GMT -6
I’m not sure how many hockey fans are on this board, but the Admirals sure have been fun to watch so far. Milwaukee will probably never have an NHL team, but this year’s team (at least so far) is probably as close as we’ll see to one for a long time.
Milwaukee SHOULD have an NHL team. the city has a long history of supporting minor league teams then transitioning to the majors. see minor league Brewers to Braves in the 50s.
Unfortunately, the support the Admirals isn't that strong. Even with a relatively low ticket price (by AHL standards) and a centrally located arena, the Admirals are currently 20th in attendance among the 31 AHL teams this year. And from my experience, the Admirals do a really good job of running the business; their ticketing team is attentive, they have things going on all the time at the arena for their games, etc., but are still only attracting a little over 4,600 fans per game. By comparison, the league leader in attendance is Cleveland with 8,242 fans per game and followed by Hershey with 8,003 fans per game. The only comparable-sized cities below Milwaukee in attendance are Tucson and San Jose (who already has an NHL team). I just don't think Milwaukee has a big enough fanbase for hockey to even consider an NHL team if we are in the bottom half among AHL teams.