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Rod Pasma named executive VP of hockey operations

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. … American Hockey League President and CEO David Andrews announced today that Rod Pasma has been named to the position of Executive Vice President of Hockey Operations for the AHL.

Pasma will be responsible for overseeing all aspects of the league’s hockey operations department, including management of the AHL’s officiating program: recruiting, hiring and assigning on-ice officials to supplement those in the National Hockey League officials development program. Pasma will also oversee the AHL’s disciplinary process for fines and suspensions and will develop and execute the league’s regular-season and playoff schedules.

“We are very excited to be able to bring someone of Rod’s experience and background in to lead our hockey operations department,” said Andrews. “On behalf of our Board of Governors, I am pleased to welcome Rod and his family to the American Hockey League.”

Pasma, 37, comes to the AHL following seven seasons with the ECHL, where he most recently served as senior vice president of hockey operations. He also worked as the officiating coordinator for the National Hockey League for two seasons, handling supervision, scouting and evaluation as well as the assignment of AHL officials and trainees. The native of Georgetown, Ont., was a second-round draft choice by the Washington Capitals as a defenseman in 1990 and earned a degree in economics from Laurentian University in Sudbury, Ont.

Pasma and his wife, Janelle, have three daughters: Madison, Hayley and Kierstyn. He will assume his duties with the AHL in September.

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 84 percent of today’s NHL players are American Hockey League graduates, and for the eighth year in a row, more than 6 million fans attended AHL games across North America in 2008-09.