Admirals coach Robbie Ftorek signs two-year deal

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NORFOLK (WAVY) — The Norfolk Admirals announced on Tuesday that head coach Robbie Ftorek has signed a two-year contract to remain with the team.

Ftorek took over as Admirals head coach 17 games into the 2016-17 season, replacing Rod Aldoff who was fired.

During Ftorek’s time as Admirals head coach the team has posted a 50-68-8-1 record, missing the playoffs both seasons.

“We’re thrilled to be able to bring a coach of Robbie Ftorek’s caliber back,” Admirals President and CRO Trent Ferguson said in a statement released by the team.

“Our mission is to bring championship hockey back to Hampton Roads and we believe this is a step in that direction.  Robbie’s experience and dedication are going to be fundamental in helping the Admirals be a perennial power in the ECHL once again.”

Ftorek’s playing career actually began in Norfolk when he played for the Virginia Wings of the AHL in 1972.

Ftorek also played professionaly in the NHL, WHA and CHL. After his playing career was over, Ftorek moved into coaching.

His coaching resume in the NHL includes stints as head coach of the LA Kings, New Jersey Devils and Boston Bruins. He compiled a 229-152-44-18 record in his NHL coaching career.

Ftorek is also only one of two coaches to win AHL Coach of the Year in consecutive seasons.

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