David Andrews spoke yesterday on the “State of the AHL” and as the President and CEO of the storied league he had some very interesting things to say (or rather it’s what he didn’t say) about the move Westward for a large portion of his teams.
“I want to first of all address the elephant in the room,” said Andrews as he addressed the media, “We have, as you know, been in the process of working with the West coast teams in the National Hockey League about the eventual creation of a Pacific Division in our league. This process, in its most recent form, has been ongoing for two and half to three years.”
He quickly acknowledged that the situation is ongoing and “complex with many moving parts”. This points to the continued process of affiliation changes, and movement of team’s that have traditionally been in other locales. Andrews categorized the landscape of the AHL in January of 2015 as “unsettled”.
Despite continued reports that teams are moving West, and owners like Ken Young in Norfolk have been forced to sell, Andrews owns the mantra that “there is work to be done.”
After the initial statement on the Pacific Division, Andrews refused to take questions or further elaborate on the matter.
A huge thanks to the PPP Show for the audio from David Andrews.