The Norfolk Admirals won the Calder Cup last season but still got the boot as the affiliate of the National Hockey Leagueís Tampa Bay Lightning.

And despite a new affiliation with the Anaheim Ducks, the Admirals havenít missed a beat so far in this young American Hockey League season.

Norfolk (5-1-0) are currently tied with the Syracuse Crunch, Tampa Bayís new affiliate, for first place in the East Division, three points ahead of the Binghamton Senators. The Crunch (4-1-1-1) were Anaheimís affiliate last season.

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