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AHL announces front office promotions

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. … American Hockey League President and CEO David Andrews announced today two promotions within the league’s front office. Lauren Peterson has been named Director of Hockey Administration/AHL Central Registry, and Melissa Caruso has been promoted to Executive Assistant to the President.

Peterson has served as Executive Assistant to the President since joining the AHL staff in 2005. In her new role, the Stratford, Conn., native will be responsible for overseeing player transactions and team roster maintenance, administration of the AHL officiating program, managing the AHL Constitution By-Laws and Collective Bargaining Agreement, and assisting in the day-to-day management of the hockey operations department. A 2005 cum laude graduate of Springfield College with a degree in sport management, Peterson interned with AHL’s Springfield Falcons in 2003 and interned with the AHL in the summer of 2005.

Caruso came to the AHL in 2009 and spent the 2009-10 season as Coordinator of Team Business Services. In her new position, she will provide administrative support to the President/CEO and hockey operations department. A native of Newton, Mass., Caruso graduated magna cum laude from Springfield College in 2009 with a degree in sport management.

In operation since 1936, the AHL continues to serve as the top development league for the players, coaches, managers, executives and broadcasters of all 30 National Hockey League teams. More than 85 percent of today’s NHL players are American Hockey League graduates, and for the ninth year in a row, more than 6 million fans attended AHL games across North America in 2009-10.