W-B/Scranton’s Barrett Named Winner of AHL’s Thomas Ebright Award



The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins, in conjunction with the American Hockey League, today announced that chief executive officer Jeff Barrett has been selected as the winner of the league’s Thomas Ebright Award in recognition of career contributions to the AHL.

Barrett has overseen the operations of Wilkes-Barre/Scranton since the team’s inception in May of 1998 – first as team president and now as CEO since 2004 – building one of minor professional sports’ model franchises. Under his leadership, the Penguins franchise ranked in the top five in attendance in nine of its first 10 seasons, including a league-record consecutive sellout streak of 144 games, and continues to have one of the largest season ticket bases in all of minor-league hockey.

In addition to currently serving on the AHL’s Executive Committee, Barrett has also been honored as the 2003 recipient of the James C. Hendy Award, given annually to the league’s Executive of the Year.

It was also announced today that the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins were selected for digital media excellence in the Eastern Conference at AHL’s annual Team Business Services awards, recognizing outstanding achievements in a variety of categories including ticket sales, community service and fan experience.

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Lead Journalist - Owner - Editor I developed PensFans4Ever back when the Penguins first came to Wilkes-Barre. It was started to keep the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins Fans along with the Pittsburgh Penguin Fans up to date with happenings as far as who is up and who is down. We Started out as just a message board where we would post news and information and other fans would post their feelings and any information they had. We then turned into a dot com and started making a true web site, at first it was just news, we incorporated a message board into the site. By the third year we added a chat feature. This enables the fans to gather in a live chat room during games that they can’t be at. We try to make it as informative as possible. Since everything that has happened to us we have turned our site into a blog but keeping with what we started out to do not just giving you our thoughts and interpretations we incorporate official team news and press releases. Twitter Feeds: @PensFans4Ever @PF4EButchPettit @PF4EWNailers
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