The Bossier-Shreveport Mudbugs were named the Central Hockey Leagues Franchise of the Year on Saturday evening, June 3rd, capping off the annual CHL Awards Banquet and three days of meetings and social events during the annual Spring Conference. The Franchise of the Year award is presented annually to the Central Hockey League franchise which best exemplifies operational excellence under the CHL system.
During the 2005-2006 season, their ninth campaign, the Mudbugs set a franchise record for average game attendance and were among the League leaders in several off-ice categories while also representing the Northern Conference in the Ray Miron Presidents Cup Finals. Other finalists for the honor included the Colorado Eagles, Laredo Bucks and Oklahoma City Blazers.
We are very pleased to recognize the entire Bossier-Shreveport organization on an outstanding season both on and off the ice, said CHL President Brad Treliving. The Mudbugs have set an extremely high standard in multiple areas of operation and we are proud to fittingly honor their achievements with this award. .
2005-2006 Central Hockey League Awards Recipients
Franchise of the Year - Bossier-Shreveport
Finalists: Colorado, Oklahoma City, Laredo
Executive of the Year - Chris Presson, Wichita
Finalists: Jason Rent (BOS), Monty Hoppel (ODE)
CHL Leadership Award - John Madden, Bossier-Shreveport
Finalists: Brad Lund (OKC), Glenn Hart (LAR)
Most Improved Franchise of the Year - Wichita
Finalists: Amarillo, Tulsa
Ticket Sales Franchise of the Year - Colorado
Finalists: Rio Grande Valley, Laredo
Group Ticket Sales Franchise of the Year - Rio Grande Valley
Finalists: Oklahoma City, Wichita
Ticketing Executive of the Year - Joe Greene, Wichita
Finalists: Nathan Reilly (RGV), Christopher Wright (BOS)
Community Relations Franchise of the Year - Rio Grande Valley
Finalists: Laredo, Lubbock
Public Relations Executive of the Year - Joel T. Lomurno, Wichita
Finalists: Joe Dominey (LAR), Bob Hoffman - (YNG)
Broadcaster of the Year - Joe Dominey, Laredo
Finalists: Jim Erickson (MEM), Jim Byers (OKC)
Marketing Franchise of the Year - Oklahoma City
Finalists: Corpus Christi, Wichita
Game Operations Franchise of the Year - Bossier-Shreveport
Finalists: Colorado, Memphis
Merchandising Franchise of the Year - Colorado
Finalists: Laredo, Youngstown
Corporate Partnership Executive of the Year - DeBray Ayala, Oklahoma City
Finalists: Tim Hill (BOS), Gavin Riches (COL)
Soul of Service Award - Darren McLean, Amarillo
Finalists: Larry Linde (CRP), Corey MacIntyre (TUL)
The CHL will begin celebration of its 15th season of play on October 20th, 2006, welcoming three clubs joining the League in new state-of-the-art arenas for the 2006-2007 season. The expansion Arizona Sundogs (Prescott Valley Convention & Events Center) and Rocky Mountain Rage (Broomfield Event Center) will open new facilities this fall along with the New Mexico Scorpions, returning from a one year hiatus in conjunction with the opening of the Rio Rancho Events Center. The CHL has led all of AA professional hockey in average attendance for the past five consecutive seasons of play.
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