MILWAUKEE — The Admirals are opting out of the 2021 AHL season. Yes, they are the AHL champs. But for Owner Harris Turer and Team President Jon Greenberg, last year's shutdown was more difficult than this one.
"To be quite honest, it's like, I'm still more down about the failed opportunity of our team, from last season, not able to compete for the Calder Cup," Admirals Owner Harris Turer says. "And it was a great team. We were having a great season, leading up to when we had to put a stop to it. And it was just unfortunate. You don't get many opportunities. You know, the first year I owned the team, we went all the way to the Finals and lost in Game 6. And you know, you almost think well is this going to happen all the time, and it hasn't, and last year was a team I thought had a real opportunity to do something special, which would have been fun."
"You know, we have the trophies still in our office that we won last year," Admirals President Jon Greenberg says. "We will always remember this team in the picture behind me as one of the best we've had in our time here. And seeing these guys develop is always the real joy of it. The beauty of it now is we're going to watch them in Nashville. And a lot of them, whether they're playing on the roster during the season or on the taxi squad and have a chance to jump in and I'm sure that many will. We know that that road started here, and we know that come the fall that road will continue here. It's just taking a little bit of a detour at this point."
To Turer's credit, he is keeping all 19 full-time employees on the payroll during the pause.