Gordon Kaye Selected ECHL Executive of Year

Board of Governors Chooses Reading GM as 2008-09 Award Recipient
<P>Reading, PA � The Reading Royals of the ECHL, affiliate of the Toronto Maple Leafs of the National Hockey League and the Toronto Marlies of the American Hockey League, today announced that the team�s general manager, Gordon Kaye, has been selected by the ECHL Board of Governors as the league�s Executive of the Year for 2008-09. </P>
<P>”Every nominee was deserving of this award and to be chosen as the Executive of the Year is truly an honor,” said Kaye, who was a finalist for the award in 2008 and 2009. “It is announced as an individual award, but I know that it is a reflection of the tremendous dedication and hard work of the Reading Royals staff.</P>
<P>”I am proud to be a part of the ECHL with so many people who do whatever it takes to improve their team, but more importantly are willing assist other teams to help the ECHL move forward.”</P>
<P>Kaye was presented with the award at the Annual Board of Governors Meeting in Henderson, Nev. The other finalists, in alphabetical order, were Rob and Jim Brooks of the Wheeling Nailers, Justin Kemp of the Ontario Reign, Matt Riley of the Bakersfield Condors and Kristin Ropp of the Cincinnati Cyclones.</P>
<P>”Gordon is a tireless worker and passionate about the Reading Royals and league issues,” said ECHL Commissioner Brian McKenna. “He is a very worthy recipient of this award.”</P>
<P>Kaye has been general manager of the Royals since 2005 and is also a member of the Executive Committee for the ECHL Board of Governors. He was instrumental in the creation and implementation of “Proud To Be A Royal” and “R-Team/R-Town” which were honored as the ECHL Marketing Campaign of the Year in 2006-07 and 2007-08, respectively. Kaye also created the Royals’ Reading Eagle Wall of Honor which recognizes members of the organization who have made distinctive contributions. </P>
<P>Kaye came to Reading from its parent company SMG, which is the leading facility operation and management company in the world. He was vice president of business strategy and development and responsible for evaluating new business opportunities with a focus on emerging market segments and managing arena development projects. Kaye was director of team technology for the National Basketball Association for five years and was responsible for assisting teams in the NBA, the WNBA and the NBDL in identifying, developing and implementing new technology-related initiatives with a focus on ticket sales and marketing. He also coordinated the NBA’s relationship with Ticketmaster and other ticket companies while establishing the NBA/Ticketmaster call center and spearheading the NBA’s On-Sale promotions. He was manager of team marketing for the NBA, responsible for supporting team ticket sales, marketing and corporate sales. He began his career with the professional baseball team in Utica and has also worked in the Arena Football League as well as for Capital Sports &amp; Entertainment and the International Hockey League. Kaye received his bachelor’s degree in American history from Hamilton College and his master’s degree in sport management/physical education from Indiana University. He was awarded his MBA from Columbia University Graduate School of Business where he was admitted to Beta Gamma Sigma National Honors Society. Kaye serves on the board of directors for several local organizations including the Greater Reading Convention and Visitors Bureau, the Jewish Federation of Reading and the Alvernia College Business School Advisory Board. He and his wife, Anna, have two daughters, Amelia Rose and Stella Rose.</P>
<P>The Royals open the 2009-10 ECHL season on Thursday, October 15, 2009 (7:05 pm) when the Kalamazoo Wings make their first visit ever to the Sovereign Center in Reading, Pennsylvania. Season tickets for the Royals� 2009-10 season are currently available. To become a part of Royals hockey, call 610-898-PUCK or log onto <A href=””>www.royalshockey.com</A>.</P>