Mike Mudd Named AHL Executive of the Year
July 11: ... American Hockey League President and CEO David Andrews announced today that the AHL has named Worcester Sharks president Michael A. Mudd the winner of the James C. Hendy Memorial Award as the outstanding executive in the American Hockey League in 2010-11.
The announcement came Wednesday evening at a gala reception during the league's annual meeting of the Board of Governors at Hilton Head Island, S.C.
A native of Amherst, NY and a graduate of St. Lawrence University, Mudd has been a member of the San Jose Sharks organization for the last 10 years, and oversaw significant growth in both ticket sales and corporate sales during his first season as team president in 2010-11, including a league-leading 38 percent increase in group-ticket revenue. The Sharks averaged 4,068 fans during the 40 home dates at the DCU Center this past season; which is an 11% increase over the 2009-10 season.
Mudd was a goaltender on the hockey team and also played baseball for the Saints during his undergraduate career. He had a 2.89 goals against average, and a .917 save percentage in 15 games as a senior in 1990.
Mudd also ensured the Sharks' future in Worcester by renegotiating the team's arena lease at the DCU Center, and he continued to grow the club's presence and positive impact on the Worcester community. Mudd has successfully taken a leadership role in all key areas of AHL hockey and business operations for the Sharks and serves as an alternate governor on the league's Board.
In addition to directing the day-to-day business side of the hockey club, Mudd works alongside San Jose Sharks Assistant General Manager Wayne Thomas, evaluating prospects from other AHL teams as well as researching or locating talent from other hockey leagues to fill the Worcester Sharks roster when it gets depleted due to player injury or recalls.