Both Norfolk Admirals staff and fans alike today received some surprising news in the form of an announcement that the Admirals had been sold by the OIlers Entertainment Group (OEG) to Mango Media Group. The group was created by members of Chestnut Holdings, a real-estate investment group based in New York.
Ardon Wiener, 27, was named the team's owner.
"We are pleased to have found a great buyer in Mango Media Group," said Oilers Entertainment Group CEO & Vice Chair Bob Nicholson. "We’re excited to continue our relationship with Norfolk as our affiliate. It is a great hockey town and a great place for player development."
"We are excited and looking forward to this new opportunity. The Admirals have a long successful history in Norfolk," said Mango Media Group Partner Ardon Wiener. "We are committed to the team and look forward to working with the community, season ticket holders, fans and the city to continue the Admirals success."
The Norfolk Admirals' administrative staff remains mostly intact with one exception, the departure of Joe Gregory from his role of team vice president.
Bill Scott of the Edmonton Oilers said that while the organization wanted the Admirals to stay in Norfolk, geography became an issue affecting the focus on ownership from across the continent. Ardon Wiener expressed that there is no interest in moving the team, a belief shared by the Oilers as well.
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I'll have another update soon regarding the hiring of the Admirals' new coach Rod Aldoff and an up-to-date roster. The puck drops in Norfolk on Friday, October 14th against the Kalamazoo Wings (Tampa Bay Lightning).
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