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June 27, 2008

Admirals Vice President Mark Bernard Wins AHL’s James C. Hendy Memorial Award

SPRINGFIELD, MA – American Hockey League President and CEO Dave Andrews announced today that Norfolk Admirals Vice President and Assistant General Manager Mark Bernard has been named the winner of the James C. Hendy Memorial Award as the outstanding executive in the AHL for 2007-08. The announcement came Thursday at the closing reception and awards dinner to conclude the league's annual meeting of the Board of Governors at Hilton Head Island, S.C.

"Mark is one of the best young executives in sports and this is recognition of that,” said Admirals President Ken Young. “We have been privileged to have him as part of the Norfolk Admirals."

During Bernard’s two seasons as Vice President, the Admirals saw more than a six percent rise in attendance as compared to the previous two seasons - the fifth highest such increase in the AHL. Six of the top ten highest single game crowds in AHL Admirals history came under Bernard’s watch – including the first Admirals sellout in over seven years on January 26, 2007. Advertising sales have also increased over 25 percent since 2006-07.

Mark Bernard shows a young fan the Stanley Cup last December.Bernard oversaw the creation of the first Admirals Alumni Game in February 2007 and the institution of the Admirals Hall of Fame last February. He also arranged for the Stanley Cup to make its first visit to Hampton Roads last December.

Bernard joined the Admirals in June 2006 as Assistant General Manager. He was named Interim Vice President in October 2006 and was then named Vice President on November 1, 2006. As Vice President, Bernard oversaw all of the day-to-day operations of the Admirals. He also retained his role as Assistant General Manager, taking part in some team personnel decisions and making travel arrangements for the team.

Bernard will be leaving the Admirals on Monday to accept a position with the NHL’s Chicago Blackhawks as General Manager of Minor League Affiliates.

Prior to becoming a part of the Admirals front office, Bernard was also a goaltender for four seasons with the Hampton Roads Admirals (ECHL), accumulating a 62-38-12 record with a 3.69 goals against average and a .882 save percentage in the early to mid 1990s. He was a member of the back-to-back Riley Cup-winning teams of 1991-92, appearing in all 14 post-season games and winning 12 of them in 1992 en route to the ECHL Playoffs MVP Award.

The James C. Hendy Award is named for the late Jim Hendy, a Hockey Hall of Famer and long-time statistician and historian for the AHL who won four Calder Cups as general manager of the original Cleveland Barons.

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