When heâ€™s not picking up pucks after a morning skate or sweeping the bus after a road trip, Norfolk Admirals defenseman Mark Barberio is slowly making his way to becoming a NHL card-carrying member.
It's quite a change for Barberio, whose status as an American Hockey League (AHL) player was once in doubt. Norfolk coach Jon Cooper said Barberio was nearly headed to the Florida Everblades (ECHL) to hone his skills.
â€œHeâ€™s is the youngest player on the team at 20,â€ said Cooper, who is behind the bench in his first professional season after coaching in juniors. â€œWe thought that maybe he should go to the ECHL to get some time there, but we had some injury troubles and it has worked out fortunately."