Allen Americans

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Allen Americans
2014–15 Allen Americans season
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City Allen, Texas
League ECHL
Conference Western
Division Central
Founded 2009
Home arena Allen Event Center
Colors

Red, Blue, White

              
Owner(s) Steven Brothers Sports Management
General manager Steve Martinson
Head coach Steve Martinson
Media Allen American-Star
Affiliates San Jose Sharks (NHL)
Worcester Sharks (AHL)
Franchise history
2009–present Allen Americans
Championships
Regular season titles 2 (2010–11, 2012–13)
Division Championships 2 (2009–10, 2010–11)
Conference Championships 1 (2009–10)
Ray Miron President's Cup 2 (2012–13, 2013–14)

The Allen Americans is an ice hockey team in the ECHL which began play in the 2014-15 season. The team played in the Central Hockey League from 2009–10 until 2013-14. They play at the Allen Event Center in Allen, Texas. Currently, the Americans are affiliated with the National Hockey League's San Jose Sharks and the American Hockey League's Worcester Sharks.[1]

History[edit]

On April 15, 2009, the Central Hockey League announced an expansion team for Allen, to begin play in the 2009–10 season.[2] The new team was owned by EXCO Resources chairman Douglas H. Miller and former NHL defenseman Steve Duchesne. That same day, the team announced an affiliation with the NHL Dallas Stars. Through this affiliation, they will also affiliate with the Austin based AHL Texas Stars.

On April 27, 2009, the ownership group unveiled the team's name, logo, and colors.

The Fort Worth Brahmas vs the Americans at the Allen Event Center on January 11, 2013.

Prior to the Americans third season, on September 1, 2011, it was announced that the Americans signed a one-year affiliation deal with the Colorado Avalanche of the NHL and by extension the Lake Erie Monsters of the AHL. This agreement officially made the Americans affiliates of the Avalanche after having a working relationship with the Monsters over the previous two years. This affiliation is no longer in place as Colorado and Lake Erie are now affiliated with the Denver organization.[3][4]

On May 4, 2012, the Allen Americans announced that former Dallas Stars Mike Modano, Craig Ludwig, and Ed Belfour partnered up to become minority owners. Shortly after the Allen Americans announced that they would not retain GM and Head Coach Dwight Mullins, along with Associate Coach Bill McDonald.[5] Richard Matvichuk was announced as the Assistant General Manager and Defensive Coach.[6]

On May 11, 2013 the Allen Americans won the Ray Miron President's Cup for the first time in front of a sold out crowd. After falling behind 2-0 in the first two periods of game 7 against the Wichita Thunder, Allen scored 2 third period goals to tie the game. In overtime, Todd Robinson scored the winner to give Allen their first championship win.[7]

On May 10, 2014, the Allen Americans became only the third CHL team to win back-to-back Ray Miron President's Cup championships, and the first since the Memphis RiverKings achieved the feat in 2003. Allen scored 4 2nd period goals to defeat the Denver Cutthroats 5-2, winning the finals series 4 games to 1 in front of a sold out crowd.[8]

On October 7, 2014, soon before the 2014-15 Central Hockey League season was set to begin, it was announced that the Central Hockey League ceased operations and the Americans, along with the Brampton Beast, Quad City Mallards, Missouri Mavericks, Rapid City Rush, Tulsa Oilers and Wichita Thunder, were all approved the expansion membership application into the ECHL for the 2014-15 season.[9][10] On October 14, 2014, the Allen Americans announced that they have become the ECHL affiliates for the San Jose Sharks.[1]

Mascot[edit]

At the opening weekend of the 2010 season the Americans introduced their mascot, Biscuit the American Bulldog.

Season-by-season record[edit]

Central Hockey League

Regular season[edit]

Season GP W L OTL PTS GF GA PIM Finish
2009–10 64 42 17 5 89 210 183 1,229 2nd in Southern
2010–11 66 47 16 3 97 271 211 1,184 Berry Conference Regular Season Champions
2011–12 66 39 18 9 87 212 175 1,336 2nd in Berry Conference
2012–13 66 39 18 9 87 210 176 1,571 Berry Conference Regular Season Champions
2013–14 66 39 22 5 83 249 214 1,498 3rd in Berry Conference

Playoffs[edit]

Season GP W L OTL GF GA PIM Finish
2010 20 10 6 4 56 49 301 Lost 4-2 in Ray Miron President's Cup
2011 13 7 6 0 46 40 122 Lost 4-1 in Berry Conference Finals
2012 6 2 4 0 16 17 108 Lost 4-2 in Berry Conference Semi-Finals
2013 19 12 6 1 65 50 363 Won 4-3 to become Ray Miron President's Cup Champions
2014 17 12 4 2 63 40 214 Won 4-1 to become Ray Miron President's Cup Champions

Current roster[edit]

Updated November 19, 2014.[11]

# Nat Player Pos S/G Age Acquired Birthplace Contract
26 Canada Asuchak, SpencerSpencer Asuchak F L 23 2013 Regina, Saskatchewan Americans
23 Canada Astles, JesseyJessey Astles LW L 21 2014 Coquitlam, British Columbia Americans
6 Canada Baker, JustinJustin Baker D R 23 2014 Toronto, Ontario Americans
79 Canada Clarke, GarrettGarrett Clarke D L 22 2014 Windsor, Nova Scotia Americans
13 United States Costello, ChadChad Costello RW R 28 2014 Johnston, Iowa Americans
7 United States Descoteaux, NolanNolan Descoteaux RW L 25 2014 Dallas, Texas Americans
21 United States Combs, JackJack Combs W L 26 2014 St. Louis, Missouri Americans
29 Canada Dell, AaronAaron Dell G L 25 2014 Airdrie, Alberta Americans
5 United States Gens, AaronAaron Gens D R 27 2014 Baudette, Minnesota Americans
35 Canada Girard, RaphaelRaphael Girard G L 23 2014 Saint-Hyacinthe, Quebec Americans
30 United States Gill, RileyRiley Gill G L 29 2014 Northfield, Minnesota Americans
15 Sweden Hanson, GregerGreger Hanson LW L 26 2014 Lidingö, Sweden Cyclones
17 United States Ludwig, TrevorTrevor Ludwig D L 29 2011 Rhinelander, Wisconsin Americans
3 United States Ludwig, TylerTyler Ludwig (A) D R 29 2011 Rhinelander, Wisconsin Americans
10 Canada Lyon, BrettBrett Lyon LW L 23 2014 Grand Forks, British Columbia Americans
9 United States McMillin, BrianBrian McMillin F R 26 2013 Roseau, Minnesota Americans
27 Canada Messier, JesseJesse Messier RW R 26 2014 Keswick, Ontario Americans
22 Canada Schaafsma, JamieJamie Schaafsma (C) F L 31 2012 Chatham, Ontario Americans
25 Canada Schultz, IanIan Schultz RW R 24 2014 Calgary, Alberta Americans
16 United States Smith, AustinAustin Smith RW R 26 2014 Dallas, Texas Americans
12 United States Steffes, GaryGary Steffes C R 27 2014 Grand Blanc, Michigan Americans
43 Canada Young, KevinKevin Young D R 32 2014 White Rock, British Columbia Americans

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