AHL extends CEO Andrews' contract
SPRINGFIELD, Ma. (CP) - The American Hockey League has extended the contract of league president and chief executive officer David Andrews for five years.
Andrews, from Digby, N.S., will continue at the helm of the professional hockey league to the 2009-10 season. He became president in 1994.
``The decision was based on his having one of the best track records in sports today, and his experience and guidance which has brought the AHL to its strongest position ever,'' AHL executive committee member Bill Torrey said Monday in a release.
The AHL serves as the minor pro development league for the NHL's 30 clubs. The AHL expanded to Philadelphia in 1996 and since 2001 has expanded into Toronto, Chicago, Winnipeg, Houston, Milwaukee, Cleveland and San Antonio.
Attendance has risen 135 per cent since 1994, according to the league.
Prior to 1994, Andrews served for seven years as the director of operations for the Cape Breton Oilers, the Edmonton Oilers' affiliate, and built the team into a Calder Cup champion in 1993.