AHL President and CEO David Andrews was inducted on Friday night into the B.C. Hockey Hall of Fame at ceremonies in Penticton, B.C.
Andrews was joined by two former Vancouver Canucks — elected from the Player’s category — Greg Adams and Mel Bridgman, longtime professional coach and player Tom McVie and the 1982 Air Canada Cup midget championship team from Burnaby as the 2005 Inductees.
Andrews has a notable hockey background including player, coach, manager and league president. His playing career included a season with the University of British Columbia, where he was selected MVP. Following his playing career, Andrews served as technical director for the British Columbia Amateur Hockey Association and several years as a consultant in high performance sport programs in B.C.
As a coach, he served three years as an assistant and two years as head coach of the WHL’s Victoria Cougars, and was the first head coach of the Canadian Under-18 program. Andrews’ management experience included a Calder Cup title in 1993, and he was a member of the management team with two Stanley Cup Champions with the Edmonton Oilers. Presently preparing for his 12th season as AHL President and CEO, he has been instrumental in the league’s growth over the past decade.
McVie was an AHL head coach for 10 seasons (1982-91, 97-98), winning more than 300 games. Adams began his pro career with the AHL’s Maine Mariners in 1984-85 and went on to skate in 1,056 career NHL contests. Bridgman, a 14-year NHL veteran, had a stint in the AHL with Adirondack in 1987-88.
Voting was conducted by the selection committee, comprised of representatives from the media, amateur and professional hockey.