NORFOLK, VA – With the team off to a 2-11-4 start, the Norfolk Admirals have made a change behind the bench. Rod Aldoff has been fired and in his place, former NHL head coach Robbie Ftorek has been hired.

Since returning to the ECHL, the Admirals have a record of 32-48-8-1 in 89 regular season games and are now on their third head coach. Eric Veilleux left the Tidewater to become the assistant coach with the San Antonio Rampage during the offseason. Aldoff was hired in early June, after leading the Pensacola Ice Flyers to the Southern Professional Hockey League championship.

“The Admirals appreciate Rod’s contributions to the organization and are committed to assisting him and his family with this transition.  We look forward to Robbie joining the staff as the team’s new head coach,” said Admirals President Michael Santos.

Assistant coach Ben Boudreau will remain with the Admirals in the same role.

Ftorek coached with the Los Angeles Kings from 1987-89, sporting a record of 65-56-11 and making the Stanley Cup playoffs both years. From there, he was an assistant for the Quebec Nordiques and New Jersey Devils, before going to the AHL and winning a Calder Cup with the Albany River Rats in 1995.

He returned to the NHL bench with the New Jersey Devils in 1996 as an assistant, before taking over the reigns from Jacques Lemaire after the 1998 season. From there, he spent the parts of the next four seasons on the NHL bench with New Jersey Devils & Boston Bruins, before being fired during the 2002-03 season.

After being fired from Boston, Ftorek returned to the River Rats bench, where he spent two-plus seasons at the helm. In all three seasons on the River Rats bench, the team missed the Calder Cup playoffs.

Prior to his coaching career, Ftorek played 707 games of professional hockey in the NHL and World Hockey Association. His very first stop in his career came with the Virginia Wings of the AHL, back in 1972.

The 64-year-old Ftorek returns to the bench this weekend against the Reading Royals at The Scope.

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