The Tampa Bay Lightning, parent club of the Norfolk Admirals, have re-signed right wing Norm Milley to a one-year contract, Lightning Executive Vice President and General Manager Jay Feaster announced on Tuesday.
Milley, a 6-foot, 195-pound native of Toronto, Ontario, served as team captain for the Springfield Falcons, the former American Hockey League affiliate of the Lightning, last season. The 27-year-old notched 26 goals and added 34 assists for 60 points in 73 games with the Falcons in 2006-07. He was tied for the Springfield lead with ten power play goals and finished second in scoring, goals and assists.
Milley originally signed as a free agent with Tampa Bay on August 18, 2005. He has appeared in 14 games for the Lightning, registering two goals and an assist.
"Norm Milley is a very solid veteran and leader at the AHL level and has demonstrated that he is on the doorstep of becoming a regular in the NHL," Feaster said. "We are very pleased that he has chosen to remain with our organization and we look forward to seeing him in Training Camp in September where he will have an opportunity along with a number of other players to make our team. Norm is a high-character player who consistently puts the team first."
Originally drafted by the Buffalo Sabres in the second round (47th overall) of the 1998 NHL Entry Draft, Milley spent five seasons in the Sabres' system between Buffalo and their American Hockey League affiliate, the Rochester Americans. He appeared in 15 games with Buffalo and had three assists.
In 493 career AHL games between Rochester and Springfield, Milley has 131 goals and 180 assists for 311 points and 301 penalty minutes. He has scored 20 or more goals in three AHL seasons. He has also appeared in 34 Calder Cup Playoff contests, notching ten goals and 11 assists with 24 penalty minutes.
Milley also played 259 games in four seasons with Sudbury of the Ontario Hockey League and scored 167 goals and added 201 assists. He surpassed the 30-goal plateau in each of his junior seasons and scored 50 or more in two consecutive seasons.