The American Hockey League has honoured one of the pillars of the minor pro game in Binghamton, N.Y.
Tom Mitchell, the executive vice-president of operations with the Binghamton Senators, is the latest winner of the Thomas Ebright Award, which is presented in recognition of career contributions to the AHL.
Mitchell has been synonymous with AHL hockey in one of the league's traditional markets for a quarter of a century, overseeing business operations for the Binghamton Whalers (1985-90), Rangers (1990-97) and Senators (since 2002).
The B-Sens executive has also served on a number of committees during more than two decades as a member of the AHL's board of governors. As well, Mitchell has chaired the AHL Hall of Fame Committee since its inception in 2005.
The award honours the memory of Tom Ebright, the former owner and governor of the Baltimore Skipjacks and Portland Pirates, who died in 1997.