Admirals add Finnish flare; Sign d-man Airikainen

by Admirals Staff

The West Sound Admirals, newest member of the Western States Hockey leagues Northwest Division, have reached into Finland to sign their next defenseman.  The former West Sound Warrior Julius Airikainen has signed with the Admirals for this season.  Julius and Head Coach Dave Daniello have been in discussions since West Sound was annouced to the league.

Airikainen will be relied upon to solidify the D-Core for West Sound.  "I am excited to have Julius as an Admiral!" said Head Coach and GM Daniello.  "Julius and I have built a strong relationship in our communications.  I believe he understands what his role will be here, and I expect his prescence will make us a better team.  He adds an element to our game we just dont posses right now.  His veteran prescence will be an asset for certain."

Julius is no stranger to Bremerton, as he played 13 games for the Warriors last season.  When asked about becoming an Admiral, Julius had this to say "”[It's] nice to be back and start a new chapter in Bremerton hockey. Looking forward to meet my old friends and all the new guys, and the staff!”

Airikainens'signing comes in the middle of the teams first week of training camp.  "The guys are working hard so far." said General Manager Daniello.  "This is a marathon, not a sprint.  We have a long way to go and we are behind everyone else by a week or two.  The guys are getting pushed to the limits both physically and mentally in an effort to get us into playing shape by October 12th.  I'm excited about the possibilities for the team!"

The West Sound Admirals home opener is October 14th against the Bellingham Blazers.  Tickets can be purchased online or at the door.

For more information on the Admirals contact General Manager Dave Daniello by emailing, by calling 207-542-7899, or go to