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AHL linesman earns league honor

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. … American Hockey League President and CEO David Andrews announced today that veteran linesman Brian Lemon has been named the 2010-11 recipient of the Michael Condon Memorial Award for outstanding contributions by an on-ice official.

An AHL linesman since 1987-88, Lemon has worked almost 600 regular-season AHL games over the past 23 years while juggling a full-time business schedule which often includes trips around the world. Lemon, who was selected to officiate the 2008 AHL All-Star Game in Binghamton, N.Y., is frequently counted on to mentor young linesmen in the Rochester area, and his hard work and dedication have a positive impact on the entire AHL officiating staff.

The Michael Condon Memorial Award was created in 2002 following the sudden passing of veteran AHL linesman Mike Condon.

In operation since 1936, the AHL continues to serve as the top development league for all 30 National Hockey League teams. More than 87 percent of today’s NHL players are American Hockey League graduates, and for the 10th year in a row, more than 6 million fans attended AHL games across North America in 2010-11.