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New Norfolk Admirals Owner Set for Introduction

Norfolk Admirals

Hockey’s Norfolk Admirals (ECHL) have been sold to a group led by former player Patrick Cavanagh, with a formal introduction set for next week.

Cavanagh, a former Hampton Roads Admirals player and owner of the Chilled Ponds skating complex in Chesapeake, is the leader of an ownership group that has purchased the Admirals from Mango Media. An ownership change had been taking shape in recent months, and the Admirals are now moving forward with plans to unveil new ownership to the public.

On Thursday, the organization revealed that Cavanagh will be introduced at a press conference on Tuesday morning. More from The Virginian-Pilot:

The Admirals, in an email Thursday, said Cavanagh will be introduced at a press conference at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at Chilled Ponds in Chesapeake. Cavanagh, who played for the Hampton Roads Admirals, bought the Chilled Ponds skating complex in 2003.

Mango Media, a New York group, never found traction in three years in Norfolk, and team sources told The Pilot in April the ECHL voted to approve the ownership switch.

“The Admirals are a big part of me,” Cavanagh told The Pilot in April. “I’ve been here 30 years, from 1989-2019, and they represent the first years I was here.”

Mango Media had owned the Admirals since 2016, when it purchased the club from Oilers Entertainment Group.

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