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Boardwalk Bullies' Loughran Named ECHL Executive of the Year
A.C. Hockey Club's General Manager Acknowledged for Team's Inaugural Season Success

Wednesday, June 19, 2002

By Mary Rose Faustman
Atlantic City Bullies Correspondent

The East Coast Hockey League named Matthew Loughran, General Manager of the Alantic City Boardwalk Bullies, Executive of the Year at the Governors Meeting in Las Vegas, Nev., this week.

The former NHL executive began his tenure with the Boardwalk Bullies in May 2001 and assembled his front office staff by mid-August. Loughran hired Mike Haviland, a former assistant coach with the ECHL's Trenton Titans, as the Bullies' Head Coach and Director of Hockey Operations. Haviland led the first-year team to a 42-22-8 regular season record and the 2002 Kelly Cup Playoffs Northeast Division title.

Loughran's Executive of the Year honors is the second prestigious award for the Boardwalk Bullies this year. The Hockey News named Haviland the ECHL Head Coach of the Year at the end of the 2001-02 regular season.

Loughran was the Executive Vice-President and General Manager of the WCHL's Idaho Steelheads from 1997-2000. While with Idaho, Loughran managed all revenue sources and oversaw the organization's public relations, community endeavors and charitable campaigns. His duties with the start-up franchise also included development and implementation of marketing and sponsorship strategies, negotiation of all player contracts and overseeing the club's league-mandated salary cap.

Prior to leading the Steelheads, Loughran served as the New York Rangers Director of Team Operations from 1986-97. The Ridgewood, N.J., native was responsible for developing and maintaining all logistical elements of the New York Rangers schedule during his 11 seasons, as well as working closely with the club's marketing and public relations department. Loughran's career started in 1982 as a staff assistant with the National Hockey League Office. He served in several capacities and assisted with special NHL events, such as the Stanley Cup Finals, NHL All-Star Game and Hockey Hall of Fame induction ceremonies before joining the Rangers in 1986.

The 2002 Kelly Cup Playoffs Northeast Division Champion Atlantic City Boardwalk Bullies play at Boardwalk Hall. Season tickets for the 2002-03 regular season are on sale by calling (609) 348-PUCK. For more information on South Jersey's newest professional sports franchise, visit

For transaction wire only: ECHL named Atlantic City Boardwalk Bullies General Manager Matthew Loughran Executive of the Year.

Photos by Boog Williams

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