Marlies Cap Off 2013 With Series of AwardsMarlies take home several AHL awards for excellence and service to the League.
July 11, 2013
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L-R: Mike Cosentino (Senior Director of Business Operations ), Dave Poulin (Vice-President of Hockey Operations and Toronto Marlies GM, Bradley Lynn (Manager of Hockey Operations).
American Hockey League President and CEO David Andrews announced today that the league has named the 2012-13 recipients of several awards for excellence and service to the league. The announcements came Wednesday evening at a gala reception during the league’s annual meeting of the Board of Governors at Hilton Head Island, S.C.
The Toronto Marlies and Tyler Johnson of the Syracuse Crunch were named the 2012-13 winners of the President’s Awards.
The Toronto Marlies maintained their trend of business growth in 2012-13, continuing to forge their identity in Canada’s largest metropolitan area. The Marlies averaged 6,681 fans per home game in 2012-13 – a league-leading increase of 21.9 percent over the 2011-12 season and nearly 3,000 fans per game better than their total just four years ago – and showed increases in ticket sales and corporate sales that were also among the largest in the league. The Marlies, who on the ice won their second consecutive division title and saw 13 players also skate for the parent Maple Leafs, are active participants in the community as well, running practices at local rinks, addressing issues such as bullying at school assemblies, and visiting patients and their families at the SickKids children’s hospital.
As part of its Team Business Services program, the AHL also honored one club from each conference for top revenue growth in four areas during this past season: overall ticket sales, season-ticket sales, group-ticket sales and corporate sponsorship sales. The winners in overall ticket sales revenue growth were the Toronto Marlies (Western) and the Providence Bruins (Eastern). Winners for season-ticket sales growth were the San Antonio Rampage (Western) and the Albany Devils (Eastern). The Rochester Americans (Western) and the Springfield Falcons (Eastern) earned the awards for group-ticket sales growth, and the Toronto Marlies (Western) and St. John’s IceCaps (Eastern) were recognized for their corporate sponsorship sales growth.
The AHL also honored several teams and individuals for their efforts during the 2012-13 season at the league’s Marketing Meeting in Cleveland, Ohio, last month, including the St. John’s IceCaps as the sponsorship sales department of the year and the Toronto Marlies as the ticket sales department of the year.