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Phil Wittliff
"Mr. Admiral", Player, Coach, VP, GM
Born - May 1, 1948 in Port Huron, Michigan

Phil was with the team in some manner from 1972 until his retirement in July 2006, making him an easy pick to add to the hall of fame.

He played linebacker on Notre Dame's football team, but switched sports to play on their new hockey team. He went on to become the first Fighting Irish alum to become a hockey pro. After an unsuccessful try at making the roster of the Philadelphia Flyers in 1971, he signed with the Chicago Cougars of the World Hockey Association and moved to nearby Milwaukee, where he would eventually call home.


His scoring numbers rank among the top in Admirals history, despite the fact the seasons were considerably shorter back in the 70's. He was named the USHL rookie of the year in 1974 and won two USHL scoring titles. His jersey #9 was retired in 1977 after he announced that he was hanging up the skates in order to take a front office job with the Admirals. He would become the general manager of the Admirals in 1980, and served five different stints as the head coach from 1980-97. In 1984, he was instrumental in forming the first ever NHL top affiliation with an IHL team when the Blackhawks and Admirals had a deal for one season.

After the passing of team owner Jane Bradley Pettit in 2001, he did all he could to keep the Admirals from going out of business. A year after a new ownership group took over, he decided to retire as he felt that the future of the team was in stable condition.


Season   Team                Lge    GP    G    A  Pts  PIM
1968-69  Notre Dame          NCAA   24   31   16   47   41      
1969-70  Notre Dame          NCAA   30   29   19   48   19      
1970-71  Notre Dame          NCAA   31   12   17   29   38      
1971-72  Jersey Devils       EHL    13    5    3    8    7
1971-72  Port Huron Wings    IHL     6    0    2    2    2
1972-73  Milwaukee Admirals  Indt        38   48   86          
1973-74  Milwaukee Admirals  USHL        46   47   93     
1974-75  Milwaukee Admirals  USHL   47   43   58  101   28      
1975-76  Milwaukee Admirals  USHL   48   35   44   79   48      
1976-77  Milwaukee Admirals  USHL   48   20   48   68   10