NORFOLK, Va. – The Norfolk Admirals announce today that the club has signed right wingers Josh Currie and Jonathan Lessard, left winger Jordan Kremyr, forward Andrew Radjenovic and defensemen Joe Marciano and Gabriel Verpaelst for the 2015-16 season.
The Admirals are the ECHL affiliate of the National Hockey League’s Edmonton Oilers and the American Hockey League’s Bakersfield Condors.
Currie, 22, recorded 42 points (14g-35a) in 71 contests for Bakersfield last year in his second full professional season. The year prior, Currie began his career in Gwinnett by scoring 31 points (15g-16a) as a rookie after a four-year run with Prince Edward Island of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League. With the Rocket, the 5-foot-11, 190-pound right winger played 237 games and produced 185 career points (97g-88a).
Kremyr, 29, brings four seasons and 191 games of ECHL experience to Norfolk. Following four years at Providence College, Kremyr called Alaska home from 2011-14 as a left winger for the Aces before landing in Bakersfield for 2014-15. The 6-foot, 195-pound forward has collected 80 points (41g-39a) over a five-year career highlighted by 16 games in the AHL with Abbotsford two years ago.
Lessard, 24, turned pro in 2012-13 and saw action in 31 games for San Francisco and Utah. The 6-foot-1, 190-pound right wing from St. Eustache, Quebec had 57 points (28g-29a) in 62 games for the Allen Americans of the Central Hockey League in 2013-14. Lessard also played for the Condors last season, finishing with 41 points (19g-22a).
Marciano, 25, enters his third season as a pro out of Colorado College where he skated in 152 games over four years. The 6-foot-2, 210-pound blueliner moved on to the professional ranks in 2013, making three appearances for Orlando. An Alta Loma, Calif. native, Marciano spent the subsequent two years in Bakersfield, and played 158 games in which he totaled 18 points (5g-13a).
Radjenovic, 24, is still classified as a rookie despite suiting up in 22 games for the Condors in 2014-15. After three seasons and 71 points (36g-35a) at Brock University, the Hamilton, Ontario product managed to post eight points (5g-3a) to begin his professional career. At 6-foot-1, 190 pounds, Radjenovic provides the Admirals with another scoring option, as he scored 10 or more goals each season at Brock.
Verpaelst, 21, is the third former player of Admirals head coach Eric Veilleux from Veilleux’s time as bench boss of Baie-Comeau Drakkar in the QMJHL. For Veilleux, Verpaelst generated some offense as a defenseman, tallying 73 points (21g-52a) over a four-year major junior career in Baie-Comeau. Verpaelst, a gritty 6-foot and 190-pounder, missed only six games in last year’s rookie season for Bakersfield, one in which he finished with 10 points (3g-7a) and 141 penalty minutes.