AHL honours Chipman

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WINNIPEG — He’s not leaving their fold, but the AHL has awarded True North chairman Mark Chipman the Thomas Ebright Award for his career contributions to the league.

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WINNIPEG — He’s not leaving their fold, but the AHL has awarded True North chairman Mark Chipman the Thomas Ebright Award for his career contributions to the league.

Chipman’s Manitoba Moose joined the AHL in 2001 when six teams from the now-defunct IHL migrated to their rival league to form one top-level development league for the NHL.

Chipman was a key member of a small committee that brought about the deal that helped the AHL flourish into the 30-team circuit it is today.

The Moose are being renamed and relocated to St. John’s, N.L., for the coming season but True North will still continue to own the franchise and represent the team at the AHL board level.

Chipman’s role as an influential owner — he was at one time the chairman of the league’s executive committee — and governor was recognized by his AHL peers with the award named for Ebright, the former owner and governor of the Baltimore Skipjacks and Portland Pirates who passed away in 1997.

The league had previously honoured Chipman with its James C. Hendy Award in 2005, highlighting his contributions as the league’s top executive. It was largely to celebrate his and the organization’s triumph in opening Winnipeg’s new downtown arena, the MTS Centre, and the success it became early in its existence.

As well, the Moose have been one of the top draws and top revenue teams in the AHL since joining the league.

This fall’s new NHL tenant at the MTS Centre will be the True-North-owned Winnipeg Jets, which played as the Atlanta Thrashers between 1999 and 2011.

tim.campbell@freepress.mb.ca

 

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