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Fire & Ice: Part I

The Road to the Battle of the Badges for the Fire Fighters started on January 9, 2018 with the largest turnout in team history. Some will take to Nashville for the 2018 Heroes Cup Tournament in Nashville at the Ford Ice Center on February 23-25 a week ahead of the Milwaukee Admirals Battle of the Badges at the UW-Milwaukee Panther Arena on March 4, 2018. (Photo Credit: Daniel Lavender)

The Milwaukee Admirals will be hosting the annual Battle of the Badges at the UW-Milwaukee Panther Arena on Sunday 4 March, 2018. The Fire Fighters and Law Enforcement go head-to-head in a pair of games, 12:00 PM CST and 1:30 PM CST, with proceeds for attendance all going to a great cause.

Fans have two choices. All tickets purchased through the Fire Fighters will support Burn Camp and the Professional Fire Fighters of Wisconsin’s efforts to fight cancer. Tickets purchased through the Law Enforcement will support C.O.P.S. Kids Camp and Cops for Kids.

You can view more details courtesy of the Milwaukee Admirals Battle of the Badges page. You can then allow me to be your guide for what actually goes into all that happens from one side of the rink and off of it. Prior to the Fire Fighters first practice as a team I was contacted by Milwaukee area fire fighter Tony Scott to see if I would like to help promote this year’s event. In year’s past I only sat back and watched these games and saw it as a special treat that I could finally watch a game without the thought of work. After having taken up Scott’s offer now I have a tremendous amount of respect for the magnitude of what the Fire Fighters do to prepare themselves as a hockey team all while keeping us here in Wisconsin that much safer.

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Fifteen with Bobby Butler

(Photo Credit: Jeff Hanisch)

The Opening Ceremonies for the 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang take place tomorrow night. There will be a few former Admirals making that walk. Stefan Elliott with Canada. Martin Erat with the Czech Republic. Jani Lajunen for Finland as well as an 18-year old Eeli Tolvanen who could be a future Admiral in time. Peter Ölvecký with Slovakia. Both Magnus Hellberg and Viktor Stålberg will make the walk with Sweden. The Admirals last Olympian, Simon Moser, will once again represent Switzerland. And Bobby Butler, Jonathon Blum, and Ryan Zapolski will walk out for USA.

“When you say it it sounds pretty cool,” is what Butler told CBS 58 this past week when hearing his name an the term ‘US Olympian’ attached to it. At 30-years of age the eight-year pro has seen and experienced a lot to reach this big of a stage. His final scheduled game before leaving for South Korea was Tuesday night and he managed to record a goal for his 200th career AHL point. He helped contribute to the Admirals snapping a six-game losing streak and earning a 3-2 shootout win over one of the best teams in the league this season, the Manitoba Moose, and did it all hours before he took flight. His focus is on the here and now. And now it is time for a dream to be realized.

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Fifteen with Jake Paterson

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In the most recent off-season the Milwaukee Admirals announced the signing of 23-year old goaltender Jake Paterson. It felt like one of those goaltending projects that could have a nice pay-off. Paterson was stuck in the Detroit Red Wings system and never really was afforded the chance to show what he could do on the AHL stage. It has been a rotation heavy time for both Admirals goaltenders behind Anders Lindbäck but lost in that is this has been the longest time spent operating in the AHL in Paterson’s career. It has been an opportunity to learn and to grow.

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Fifteen with Tyler Moy

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Tyler Moy has barely scratched the surface of his professional career. Yet, it hasn’t taken that long for all of us from the outside to see what a Renaissance Man he is. He arrived out of his collegiate career at Harvard University still grinding away with online classes while making his pro debut with the Milwaukee Admirals in order to graduate on time. And he did with a degree in Human Evolutionary Biology.

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Admiral of the Month: January

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The Milwaukee Admirals month of January started off with such promise. Despite loads of up-down stretches in December there were overtime games and narrow results by month’s end that felt as though the Admirals were slowly turning a corner. January was reflecting that change and the Admirals were able to get a season high four-game winning streak in the process. Yet, ups and downs is the theme that is plaguing the 2017-18 season. It has been the most consistent element of all. And that is why it almost didn’t feel shocking to see the month of January end with a season low in a four-game losing streak which remains active once play resumes after the AHL All-Star break.

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Fifteen with Anders Lindbäck

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Tonight is the start of the 2018 AHL All-Star Classic festivities from Utica, New York. The event begins with the AHL All-Star Skills Competition at 7:00 PM CST tonight and is followed by the AHL All-Star Challenge tomorrow night at 6:00 PM CST. The Milwaukee Admirals will have two representatives for the event: Anders Lindbäck and Emil Pettersson.

We’ve already had the chance to get to know Pettersson a bit better earlier this season. Now it is time to chat with the Big Swede himself whose journey from being drafted to being an AHL All-Star has been an incredible one to follow.

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Fifteen with Tyler Kelleher

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The first professional playing season for Tyler Kelleher has been bittersweet. He had an amazing showing during the Nashville Predators Rookie Development Camp, continued that form into Pre-Season Training Camp, and hit the ground running with the Milwaukee Admirals. Unfortunately he has lost over a month’s time due to a knee injury.

Kelleher is on the comeback trial right now. He is slowly edging towards a return in the coming weeks. When he gets back to the ice it will be a great boost for the Admirals. The future is a bright one for the 5’6″ forward from Longmeadow, Massachusetts.

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2017-18 Mid-Season Review

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The Milwaukee Admirals 2017-18 season is officially at its halfway point. It’s been a difficult season to really gauge. October was great. November and December saw a nonstop sequence of ups-and-downs. Lately, things have started to turn for the better. Based on the two months previous to this upward trend it only feels hard to trust that this form will last. Hopefully time will tell.

The Admirals record is 20-14-4-0 (44 points, 0.579 points percentage). They are currently second in the Central Division and fourth in the Western Conference standings. For right now: that’s good. It has been a slightly turbulent season as the results have shaken out but -if- the lessons learned from those down moments are learned from it could mean good things for the second half of the season. The Admirals have a really young defense At times the team’s performance appears to reflect just how well or not well that young defense plays. These early experiences can go a long way into making the overall team stronger.

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Admiral of the Month: December

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The Milwaukee Admirals trend of ups and downs continued from November into December. If anything, they picked up a brand new habit of playing games beyond regulation. The Admirals played 13 games in December and logged 7 games that went to overtime. Their record this past month was 5-4-4-0 (14 points, 0.538 points percentage). It was up from November (0.500) and still far off of how good they started in October (0.714).

It’s in moments such as the last two months when the choices for top performers feel limited. It isn’t the quality that is suspect it is just the consistency of that quality that makes things difficult. Luckily for Admirals fans, and myself giving the monthly award, the choice for The Real Estate Center‘s Admiral of the Month Award for the past two months has actually been quite easy. The most consistent and best player for the Admirals right now is Anders Lindbäck. It’s not even close. And that is why he is the Admiral of the Month for December.

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The Then & Now Report

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It ’tis the season where we take a step back and check in on a good few former Milwaukee Admirals players. As we can often find ourselves in our own organizational bubble, myself included, it can be a bit of surprise to see how well or now well so many of these players have been performing. Let’s check in on last year’s departures and a good handful of others.

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