The American Hockey League today named the Charlotte Checkers as winner of the President’s Award for overall excellence during the 2019-20 season.

“On the heels of a Calder Cup championship in 2019, the Checkers continued to be a leader on and off the ice in 2019-20,” said the AHL in a released statement. “Operating in one of the largest markets in the AHL, the organization set franchise highs in several sales categories, including overall tickets, group tickets and corporate partnerships. The Checkers also remain at the forefront of marketing, digital and social media strategies, and the Checkers Charitable Foundation plays an integral role in the organization’s positive impact in the Charlotte community. On the ice in 2019-20, the Checkers finished with a mark of 34-22-5-0 – including 21 wins in their last 32 games – and saw no fewer than a dozen alumni make contributions in the National Hockey League with the parent Carolina Hurricanes.”

In addition to earning the President’s Award for the first time, the Checkers also received recognition for having the largest overall ticket sales revenue growth and season-ticket sales growth in the AHL’s Eastern Conference.