Eagles win AHL Western Conference Excellence in Community Service Award

Jul 22, 2022

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. … The American Hockey League held its 2022 awards gala during the annual meeting of the Board of Governors in Hilton Head Island, SC on Thursday night, presenting several awards for excellence and service.

The gala, which was part of the first in-person annual meeting in three years, also featured a celebration of the career of david andrewswho retired as president and CEO of the AHL in 2020.

Jon Greenbergpresident of the Milwaukee Admirals, was selected as the winner of the James C. Hendy Memorial Awardawarded to the outstanding executive of the American Hockey League for 2021-22.

Greenberg brought the Admirals back to work last fall after an 18-month hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic. After managing his staff through a 2020-21 season in which the team chose to remain inactive, Greenberg led the organization to one of the most financially successful seasons in its history in 2021- 22, and positioned her for more success in the future as well. .

Greenberg, who also won the Hendy Award in 2006-07, is a longtime resident of the Milwaukee area and has worked with the Admirals since 2005, overseeing day-to-day business operations for the team.

The James C. Hendy Memorial Award is named after the late Jim Hendy, Hockey Hall of Famer and AHL Hall of Famer and longtime AHL statistician and historian who won four Calder Cups as general manager of the Cleveland Barons. .

Springfield Thunderbirds General Manager Kevin McDonald was honored with Thomas Ebright Award in recognition of career contributions to the AHL.

McDonald joined the St. Louis Blues organization in 2001 and has overseen Blues affiliates in the AHL for the past 17 seasons. Highly regarded for his professionalism and tireless dedication, McDonald quickly forged a strong partnership with the Blues’ newest affiliate, the Springfield Thunderbirds, and worked through a difficult 2021-22 season – once again hit by the effects of the pandemic. of COVID-19 – to ice one of the most successful teams in the long history of AHL hockey in Springfield.

The Thomas Ebright Award honors Tom Ebright, former owner and governor of the Baltimore Skipjacks and Portland Pirates, who died in 1997.

The Springfield Thunderbirds (team of the year) and Stefan Noesen of the Chicago Wolves (Player Excellence) were named the 2021-22 winners of the President’s Award.

The Thunderbirds’ 2021-22 season has been memorable on and off the ice, highlighted by the team’s first-ever trip to the Calder Cup playoffs and the city’s first-place finish in 31 years. Under the direction of the team president Nathan Costathe organization has excelled in all areas of its business, including ticket and corporate sales, digital media and marketing, fan experience, and its charitable efforts in the Springfield community.

Forward Stefan Noesen penned a stellar season for Chicago in 2021-22, providing the offensive firepower to help Wolves to both the AHL’s best record during the regular season and the 2022 Calder Cup championship. Noesen, whose previous records in a career in a professional season were 21 goals and 32 points, scored a league-leading 48 times (the most of any AHL skater in 12 years), finished third in the overall race with 85 points and led all AHL forwards with a plus-35 rating, earning AHL First Team All-Star honors before contributing nine goals and 25 points in the Calder Cup playoffs for Wolves . After devastating knee and Achilles tendon injuries that cut short his first two pro seasons, Noesen has played 224 AHL games and another 207 in the NHL since his debut in 2013.

Established in 2009, the President’s Awards are presented to an AHL organization and/or player for overall excellence over the past year.

Veteran linesman Brent Colby was named the 2021-22 recipient of the Michael Condon Memorial Award for outstanding contributions by an on-ice official.

A resident of Manchester, Connecticut, Colby has been on the AHL officiating staff since 1994, having appeared in more than 1,000 games. Still a mainstay among New England-based league officials, he carried an even heavier workload in 2021-22 when local staff were impacted by COVID-19 protocols. Colby mentored young league umpires and linesmen, demonstrating the expertise, professionalism and work ethic necessary to be an effective official, and earned the respect and admiration of his teammates as well than league coaches and players.

The Michael Condon Memorial Award was established in 2002 following the sudden death of veteran AHL linesman Mike Condon.

The League has also recognized several outstanding achievements in various categories with its annual Team Business Services awards.

As part of its Team Business Services program, the AHL honored the clubs for the highest revenue growth in four areas over the past season: overall ticket sales, season ticket sales, group ticket sales and corporate sponsorship sales. The Utica Comets (Eastern Conference) and Milwaukee Admirals (Western Conference) were recognized for overall ticket sales. The winners of season ticket sales revenue growth were the Bridgeport Islanders (Eastern) and the Rockford IceHogs (Western). The Utica Comets (East) and San Diego Gulls (West) won awards for corporate sponsorship sales growth, and the Tucson Roadrunners were recognized for their group ticket sales growth.

Additionally, teams from each conference were selected for excellence in the areas of digital media, community relations and fan experience. The Cleveland Monsters (Eastern) and Texas Stars (Western) were honored for their excellence in digital media; the Rochester Americans (East) and the Colorado Eagles (West) were recognized for their outstanding community relations efforts; and the Laval Rocket (East) and Henderson Silver Knights (West) were recognized for the exceptional fan experience at home games.

The AHL also honored several teams and individuals for their efforts during the 2021-22 season at league business meetings in Allentown, Pennsylvania, last month, including the Cleveland Monsters for the AHL’s marketing department. year, the Henderson Silver Knights for Sponsorship Sales Department of the Year and the Grand Rapids Griffins for Ticket Sales Department of the Year.

The Milwaukee Admirals have been recognized for their unique ticket sales promotion or theme night (“Milwaukee Fish Fry”); the Americans of Rochester were selected for an immersive gaming operations experience (Buffalo Bills Day); the Manitoba Moose were chosen for a unique community relations initiative (“Women in Sport Job Shadow Program”); Ontario’s reign was honored for its unique social media content (“Hockey Is For Everyone interview series”); the Cleveland Freaks received the award for a one-time sponsorship package or entitlement (presenting a partnership with local Black-owned small business, Immaculate Cleaning for Black Heritage Celebration); and the Springfield Thunderbirds were recognized for their outstanding marketing campaign (“We Are 413”).

In operation since 1936, the AHL is the top developmental league for the 32 teams in the National Hockey League. Nearly 90% of today’s NHL players are American Hockey League graduates, and more than 100 honored members of the Hockey Hall of Fame have spent time in the AHL during their careers.

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