ALLEN, TX – As our Barry Janssen mentioned in his final piece before vacation, Steve Martinson has had quite a bit of success with brothers on his team, with names like Daniels, Howes, and Ludwig living in Allen lore.
On Friday, the Americans added their fourth pair of brothers in franchise history to the fold, signing Dalton and Josh Thrower to contracts for the coming season.
Josh will enter his rookie year in the ECHL after wrapping up five seasons of major junior hockey in the Western Hockey League. He played 73 games with the Calgary Hitmen, beginning in 2012; 51 games with the Tri-City Americans in 2013-2014 and 2014-2015; 87 games with the Vancouver Giants in 2014-2015 and 2015-2016; and 98 games with the Moose Jaw Warriors, that included 108 penalty minutes last season. He also had his best offensive season last year with 20 points in 67 games.
Dalton Thrower is a second round draft pick of the Montreal Canadians, going 51st overall in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft. The native of Vancouver, British Columbia, played his entire ECHL career with the Brampton Beast. A tough, physical player at 6-1 and 200 pounds, he had 212 penalty minutes in 81 games for the Beast.
“I’ve had some pretty good brother combinations over the years, but nothing that matches the combined toughness of the Thrower brothers,” said Americans Head Coach and Head of Hockey Operations Steve Martinson. “Both players combine skill and toughness. Josh had 19 points in 31 games after his trade to Moose Jaw. Dalton had great numbers in junior. Both players will benefit offensively from our style of play, while not being a lot of fun to play against.”
The addition of the Thrower brothers to the Americans gives them 10 players on their preseason roster. For the latest list of player signings across the ECHL, visit our 2017 ECHL Transactions page!