AHL president David Andrews given five-year contract extension to 2015

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. – David Andrews will continue to run the American Hockey League through 2015.

The league president was given a five-year contract extension on Friday, keeping him in a job he’s held in 1994. He’s the second-longest serving president in AHL history behind Jack Butterfield.

“During his tenure, the AHL has become a critical step on the career path for virtually every young player en route to the NHL,” said Rick Pych, governor of the San Antonio Rampage. “We are all thrilled that Dave will continue to lead us through the exciting years that lie ahead.”

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The AHL will reach an all-time high of 30 teams next season. Since Andrews took over, the league has expanded outside of its traditional base on the Atlantic seaboard and recorded record attendance numbers.

Prior to working for the AHL, Andrews coached the WHL’s Victoria Cougars and served as general manager of Edmonton’s AHL affiliate, winning the Calder Cup in 1993.

He is a member of both the British Columbia Hockey Hall of Fame and Nova Scotia Sport Hall of Fame.