The Anaheim Ducks have signed a multi-year affiliation agreement with the Norfolk Admirals of the American Hockey League beginning in the 2012-13 season.

The Ducks were most recently affiliated with the Syracuse Crunch from 2010-12.

"We are excited to be affiliating with the Admirals in a great hockey market such as Norfolk, Virginia," said Ducks executive vice president/general manager Bob Murray. "We look forward to working with the Norfolk organization and continuing the winning tradition the team has created at Norfolk Scope Arena. We would also like to thank the Syracuse Crunch and its fans for their support over the last two seasons."

The Admirals were affiliated with the Chicago Blackhawks from 2000-07 and the Tampa Bay Lightning from 2007-12. They won their first Calder Cup championship in 2012.

"We are excited to have the Ducks as our partner and look for a terrific long- term relationship," said Admirals president Ken Young. "The Ducks have the nucleus of an excellent club in Anaheim and have a great system of prospects that we will see develop in Norfolk. We look forward to continued top-level hockey in Hampton Roads as Anaheim's top affiliate."