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Examiner.com: Ams extend GM’s contract

By Rene Ferrran | Examiner.com

The Tri-City Americans announced Monday that they have extended the contract of Governor/General Manager Bob Tory for four years.

Tory’s deal now runs through May 2015. Financial terms of the extension were not released.

“We’d started talking about it at the end of last season,” Tory said. “It wasn’t something that was pressing, because I am a part-owner, too. But this was the last year of my contract, and I preferred to have a long-term deal. It didn’t take long to put something together.”

The 53-year-old Tory has presided over the rejuvenation of the franchise since joining the team a decade ago.

Tri-City had only 57 points in each of the prevous two seasons before his arrival, missing the playoffs in 2003.

Since then, the Americans have gone 333-253-20-11 with 31 ties (a .562 winning percentage), missing the playoffs only once during Tory’s nine-year tenure.

The franchise also has won the last three U.S. Division titles, its first-ever Western Conference championship last spring and one Scotty Munro Trophy for having the Western Hockey League’s best regular-season record (in 2008).

“From where we started to where we are now, it’s quite a story,” Tory said. “I enjoy working at this level. I take a lot of pride in this league, in the team and this organization. We’ve got something special going on here, and that makes it enjoyable.”

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