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Dave Andrews' Blog: NHL-AHL partnership has never been stronger

Dave Andrews' Blog: NHL-AHL partnership has never been stronger

by Dave Andrews - December 16, 2010 1:52 PM EST

From affiliation agreements to referee programs, the NHL and AHL are moving forward together as we hit an exciting time of year for both leagues.
As we approach the end of 2010 I am thankful for what has been a very special year for the American League. We are celebrating our 75th anniversary season and it is notable we are doing so with 30 teams in the league partnered up with 30 NHL franchises for the first time in our history.


Dave Andrews' Blog: Looking back at a banner year in the AHL

Dave Andrews' Blog: Looking back at a banner year in the AHL

by Dave Andrews - June 22, 2010 5:55 AM EDT

The American League's CEO and president caps off what was an historic season for the development league as it prepares for another in 2010-11.
The 2010 Calder Cup has been presented to the Hershey Bears, capping what has been arguably the most successful season for any team in the 74-year history of the American League.


Dave Andrews' Blog: Managing and growing the AHL

Dave Andrews' Blog: Managing and growing the AHL

by Dave Andrews - February 12, 2010 10:10 AM EST

The American League's president talks about moving franchises, the outdoor game, increasing exposure and suspensions.
Sharing an inside look from the office of a league president was one of the perspectives editor in chief Jason Kay proposed when suggesting I submit periodic blogs to THN.


Dave Andrews' Blog: Benefit of playing in the AHL is clear

Dave Andrews' Blog: Benefit of playing in the AHL is clear

by Dave Andrews - November 3, 2009 10:41 AM EST

The American League's president explains why letting players develop, rather than rushing them to the show, is the way to go.
“Give the kids time to grow,” says Ken Campbell in the Nov. 2 issue of THN. The facts certainly support the case that Ken makes for placing top prospects in the American League, as does his reference to the NHL stars who clearly benefitted from additional ice time and additional responsibilities during the lockout of 2004-05.


Dave Andrews' Blog: AHL achievements

Dave Andrews' Blog: AHL achievements

by Dave Andrews - March 1, 2009 11:00 AM EST

The American League's president looks at some of the the good work done by players and beyond in the world's second best circuit.
Jason Kay, the trusty editor in chief of THN, is never far from reminding me my blog is overdue. This is necessary because my BlackBerry does not have a THN alarm built into the calendar.


Dave Andrews' Blog: Dealing with head shots and player safety

Dave Andrews' Blog: Dealing with head shots and player safety

by Dave Andrews - January 11, 2009 9:25 AM EST

The commissioner of the American League explains what his circuit did to cut down on concussions and help protect its members.
Concussions in hockey have become a very serious concern for everyone in the game. There is a long list of players whose careers have ended because of recurrent concussions, and clearly there is an obligation on the part of the league, team management and the players themselves to actively address this issue.


Dave Andrews' Blog: AHL prospects ready to make the jump

Dave Andrews' Blog: AHL prospects ready to make the jump

by Dave Andrews - November 25, 2008 10:00 AM EST

The president of the American League looks at a few of the top prospects who will soon be skating in the NHL.
While I am now in my 15th year as president of the American League, I was previously a coach in the Western League and a GM in the AHL, so I can’t help but continue to see games from the perspective of a team executive.


Dave Andrews' Blog: The AHL and the spiraling economy

Dave Andrews' Blog: The AHL and the spiraling economy

by Dave Andrews - October 10, 2008 11:45 AM EDT

The president of the American Hockey League talks about its health and what impact the weakening economy might have on it.
The predominant question I’ve been asked in recent weeks is how the crisis in financial markets and the significant downturn in the economy are going to affect business in the American League.


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