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AHL president Dave Andrews gets five-year contract extension @NHLdotcom

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. - Dave Andrews has agreed to terms on a five-year contract extension to stay on as president of the AHL.

The new deal, approved by the AHL's board of governors, will keep Andrews on through the 2012-13 season. Andrews has been on the job since 1994.

"Over the 72-year history of the American Hockey League, the board of governors has made a lot of sound decisions in the best interests of the game of hockey," Jim Schoenfeld, member of the AHL's executive committee and assistant general manager for the NHL's New York Rangers, said in a statement. "Extending Dave Andrews' contract is one of the best moves the board could make.

"We are thrilled to have his leadership and guidance at the helm moving forward."

In 2001, Andrews oversaw a nine-team expansion, six teams coming in from the former International Hockey League. Under Andrews, teams have been added in major markets such as Chicago, Philadelphia, Toronto, Winnipeg, Cleveland, Houston, San Antonio and Milwaukee.

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