Minor League Hockey

AHL extends president's contract

Springfield, MA (Sports Network) - American Hockey League president David Andrews has agreed to terms on a contract extension that will keep him in his position through June, 2015.

"All of us with an interest in the American Hockey League -- our owners, our management, our fans, our partners and more -- are extremely fortunate to have had the benefit of Dave Andrews' leadership over the last 16 years as President and CEO," said Rick Pych, governor of the AHL's San Antonio Rampage. "During his tenure, the AHL has become a critical step on the career path for virtually every young player en route to the NHL. We are all thrilled that Dave will continue to lead us through the exciting years that lie ahead."

Andrews, who began his presidency in 1994, has been instrumental in bringing all 30 NHL teams' top developmental affiliates under the AHL umbrella. In 2001, he led one of the largest expansion efforts ever in professional sports, bringing nine new cities into the fold, including six from the former International Hockey League.

The enterprise expanded the league beyond its traditional Atlantic seaboard borders to locations such as Chicago, Toronto, Cleveland, Houston, San Antonio, Winnipeg and Milwaukee. The league is scheduled to further expand in 2010-11 to Charlotte and Oklahoma City.

In addition, Andrews' leadership has spawned growth in television coverage and corporate sponsorship, including a multi-million-dollar, multi-year partnership with Reebok which remains the foundation for the AHL's marketing, licensing and on-ice branding strategies.

07/09 11:38:36 ET

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