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By AHAI, 01/27/20, 4:00PM CST


AMARILLO TX (January 27, 2020) The Amarillo Hockey Association (AHAI) is pleased to announce the hiring of former professional player, Eric Andersen as the Hockey Director. Eric has been serving and dedicating his time for more than 10 years with AHAI. Andersen’s passion and respect for the game and the kids who play it has not gone unnoticed.

Andersen’s love for the sport began as a boy growing up in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Eric played his college hockey at Bemidji State University in Minnesota, and ultimately went on to have an outstanding professional career, playing in 391 games. 289 of those games were in an Amarillo jersey. Eric now serves on the Amarillo Fire Department.

“I couldn’t ask for a more organized leader to help the growth of our program. Not only is Eric a great mentor for our kids but a pillar of the community as a first responder. AHAI is honored to have Eric’s expertise and leadership.” said AHAI President Jason Chafe. “With growth comes great responsibility that the board and I take very seriously. This was a great opportunity for AHAI to make a commitment to an excellent candidate that has volunteered his time for over 10 years. We’re beyond excited for the future of our program and dedicated to make a profound impact in our community. This is a proud day for AHAI and we are ready to change kids’ lives!”

“Andy’s love for the kids and passion for his community, combined with his extensive hockey background, makes him the obvious and perfect fit as the Hockey Director for AHAI. We are beyond blessed to have Eric serve in this role and I am thankful every day that he is on our team.” comments Austin Sutter the Executive Director of AHAI.

The Amarillo Hockey Association has experienced a growth of over 168% over the past five seasons. Membership has increased by 236 participants since 2015, pushing the Association to just under 500 youth hockey players, adult hockey players and ice skaters this season.

“We have always been a business that takes pride in our adaptability. It is crucial for the continued success of AHAI that we are always looking for ways to progress and transform. Our mission isn’t to fit in. We strive everyday to offer the best sports program in the community, and the best hockey program in the country.” explains Sutter.

“I am very humbled to continue to be a part of this amazing organization. We have great players, coaches and outstanding families in our program. I look forward to the future of AHAI and hockey in the Texas Panhandle. I am most excited to see our players grow on and off the ice!” expresses Andersen.

Hockey is becoming a household name in the Texas Panhandle. For over 26 years there has been a following for the game in the community. Hockey is now one of the fastest growing sports in Amarillo and AHAI continues to be a leader in the Texas Hockey community.

If your son or daughter would like to join the hockey family, you can register for our Dallas Stars Learn to Play that begins in March. For more information please go to: