Since the Ace Bailey Children’s Foundation was established in 2002, Dave Andrews has been an outstanding supporter and friend to the foundation. Although he holds a demanding position and has a very hectic schedule, he has never been too busy to lend support and advice. He is not only one of hockey’s most influential executives but also an extremely kind and generous man.
Under Andrews, the AHL has become the sole primary development league for all 30 National Hockey League organizations, and will be at an all-time high of 30 active teams in 2010-11. In 2001, he led one of the largest expansion efforts ever in professional sports, a complex enterprise of bringing nine new cities into the AHL. League attendance has climbed dramatically under Andrews’ leadership, more than doubling since 1994.
The league and its teams, in the regular season and in marquee events like the annual AHL All-Star Classic and the Calder Cup Playoffs, have been showcased to audiences worldwide during Andrews’ tenure on television networks like TSN, CBC and NHL Network, on satellite radio and on the Internet through live on-line video streaming. Andrews was instrumental in re-introducing the All-Star Classic in 1995 after a 35-year absence. This year the AHL celebrates its 75th Season.
In recognition of Andrews many accomplishments, he was named a 2010 recipient of the prestigious Lester Patrick Trophy, presented annually for contributions to hockey in the United States. He has also been honored with induction into the British Columbia Hockey Hall of Fame in 2005, and the Nova Scotia Sport Hall of Fame in 2006.
Our recognition is significantly smaller, but it arises from the same recognition of Dave’s many attributes and accomplishments—and it comes from our hearts. Dave was very much admired by Ace and is held in the deepest esteem by Ace’s family. We are much honored that he has agreed to accept our 2011 Ace Bailey Good Guy Award.