NORFOLK, Va. – The Norfolk Admirals announced that the team has signed five players for the 2015-16 season. Goaltender Philippe Cadorette, center Marcus Hinds, left wing Christophe Lalonde, defenseman Jordan McNaughton and right wing Alexandre Ranger each agreed to terms with Norfolk.
The Admirals are the ECHL affiliate of the National Hockey League’s Edmonton Oilers and the American Hockey League’s Bakersfield Condors.
Cadorette, 20, graduates to professional hockey following four seasons with Baie-Comeau Drakkar of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League, including two seasons under current Admirals head coach Eric Veilleux. A 5-foot-11, 193-pound netminder, Cadorette finished his career in Baie-Comeau with a 107-58-13 record,a 2.82 goals-against average and a .903 save percentage. He earned CHL Goaltender of the Week honors twice as well as a First and Second All-Star Team selection, and had the highest save percentage among all QMJHL goalies in 2013-14.
Hinds, 21, is a 6-foot-2, 188-pounder out of Toronto with three years of experience in the QMJHL. In 176 games for Blainville-Boisbriand and Cape Breton, Hinds compiled 99 points (44g-55a) and a +31 rating. Hinds joins the Admirals fresh off his most productive season in major junior, scoring 43 points in 43 regular season games.
Lalonde, 21, concluded a long junior career in the QMJHL this past season by appearing in two AHL games with Adirondack. Lalonde tallied 207 points (110g-97a) in 290 career games in the QMJHL with Lewiston, Moncton and Shawinigan. A prolific option on the attack, the St. Eustache, Quebec local eclipsed the 25-goal plateau in three of his five seasons, including a 2014-15 campaign that consisted of 73 points (35g-38a) in just 50 games.
McNaughton, 21, begins his professional career as a decorated blueliner from the Truro Bearcats of the Maritime Junior A Hockey League. The offensively-minded McNaughton logged the most goals (16), assists (40) and points (56) of any league defenseman in 2013-14 and capped the year with a league championship. Last season, the 5-foot-11, 195-pounder from Komoka, Ontario was named the MJAHL’s Best Defenseman and a First Team All-Star on the heels of a 19-goal, 56-point season.
Ranger, 19, is reunited with both Cadorette and Veilleux after spending two seasons as a part of Baie-Comeau Drakkar from 2012-14. The right winger leaves the QMJHL following 224 games across four seasons, three with Baie-Comeau and one with Chicoutimi. The 5-foot-9, 185-pound product of Chateauguay, Quebec accumulated 133 points (65g-68a), and is another Admiral newcomer coming off his best season ever, a 55-point output in 56 games.