AHL renews contracts of senior executives

American Hockey League President and CEO David Andrews announced today that the league has renewed the contracts of vice president of hockey operations Jim Mill and vice president of sales and marketing Chris Nikolis through the 2006-07 season.

Mill joined the AHL’s hockey operations staff in 1998, and was promoted to vice president in 2001. A native of Hartford, Conn., Mill’s responsibilities include managing the league’s officiating program and disciplinary process, developing the league’s regular season and playoff schedules, and serving as the league secretary to the AHL Board of Governors.

A former professional goaltender, Mill resides in Hampden, Mass., with his wife, Cindy, and their three daughters.

Chris Nikolis

Nikolis came to the American Hockey League in 1999, and was named vice president of sales and marketing in 2001. His primary responsibilities include overseeing the league’s corporate sales and business development initiatives, managing television broadcast opportunities, and organizing the annual AHL All-Star Classic.

A Connecticut native, Nikolis currently resides in West Suffield, Conn., with his wife, Denise.

In operation since 1936, the AHL continues to serve as the top development league for all 30 National Hockey League teams. More than 80 percent of NHL players in 2003-04 were AHL graduates, and in 2004-05, more than 7.1 million fans – an all-time league record – attended AHL games across North America.