"I think Dave Andrews is one of the premier sports executives in this country, without question. What he's built with this league is incredible. As an owner, it's just a great comfort knowing this guy is calling the shots. When you have a guy like this in charge, it really helps you sleep at night." -- Syracuse owner Howard Dolgon
Every March, American Hockey League president Dave Andrews puts the heat of the league's playoff races and the headaches from its problems behind him and goes sailing for a week in the Caribbean.
The cell-phone service out there is spotty, and Andrews doesn't care if those nagging little bars disappear altogether. His league will get along fine without him, he reasons, and certainly will be right there when he returns to port.
To the extent that Andrews is correct in that assessment, it may be the greatest indicator of the job he's done with the league. Entering its 75th season, the AHL never has been a more bustling place, with its 30 teams at last aligned one-on-one with an NHL partner and a geographic footprint that stretches from Manchester to Norfolk, San Antonio to Abbotsford.