The AHL’s board of governors has unanimously elected Scott Howson as the league’s next president and CEO. He will replace the outgoing David Andrews, who will vacate the position after June 30th. Andrews will continue in his position as chairman of the board. Howson is currently the director of player development for the Edmonton Oilers.
After 26 years as league president, Andrews will give way to a long-time NHL executive in Howson. In 2007 he became the general manager of the Columbus Blue Jackets and led the franchise for six seasons, though his term there was not filled with much on-ice success.
Howson will become the league’s tenth president, leading them into a new decade. The AHL is going to soon expand to 32 teams with the expansion into Palm Springs, while the purchase and relocation of the San Antonio Rampage by the Vegas Golden Knights will soon be voted on.