Amherstburg Admirals unveil name, logo and jersey

 

By Joel Charron

 

More than two months after the Ontario Hockey Association approved the Jr. C hockey transfer of Kingsville to Amherstburg, the team finally has its name.

Owners Gaspare Spada and Joe Donato announced the team’s new name, team colours, hockey operations staff and captain at the United Communities Credit Union Complex last Thursday afternoon.

Adrmirals jersey

The logo  featured a cannon character wearing a general’s hat. The team’s colours are dark blue and light blue and will feature a jersey similar to the Pittsburgh Penguins third jersey.

“We had about 30 or 40 different suggestions,” said Spada. “We narrowed it down to about four or five then voted on the name with staff and family. We choose this name to keep in theme with the town of Amherstburg and the heritage of the town.”

“I like it,” said Donato. “You have the big A in the logo for Amherstburg, you have the admiral hat on the cannon. I think this logo is very fitting for the team.”

Junior C hockey makes its return to Amherstburg for the first time since 1997. Deteriorating attendance in Kingsville prompted a request to relocate to Amherstburg. The club has already sold 250 season tickets to excited hockey fans.

Amherstburg head coach Greg Prymack said the Admirals are here to contend for a championship.

“Essex is a powerhouse and Belle River is a very, very strong team, but make no mistake, we definitely want to compete for a championship.”

Prymack said the Admirals had 88 prospects out for a prospects camp last month and could return as many as 16 players from last year’s squad.

“I don’t think it’ll be long before they’re talking about Amherstburg,” said Prymack.

Prymack introduced Brandon Jamieson as assistant coach from Kingsville, while Chris Leeming, who was an assistant coach for the junior B LaSalle Vipers last season will also be on staff as an assistant coach.

Laine Parent, who had an 80-save performance against Essex in the first round of the playoffs, will join the team as the goalie coach and Mike Heikkinen will be the team’s assistant general manager and director of player development.

Amherstburg native Kyle Morand, who is entering his fourth season with the franchise will serve as the Admirals’ first captain.

The Admirals will make Sunday nights its home date with 7:30 p.m. starts.

“The amount of interest that’s been created, we’re so please they have selected Amherstburg to bring Jr. C hockey to our community,” said Mayor Wayne Hurst. “This is great for the town of Amherstburg, the people living in Amherstburg and enhance our region.”

“I think Sunday nights in Amherstburg is going to become an event,” said Prymack. “I can guarantee the guys on the ice are going to play hard every night.”

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