We are sitting 10 days away from the start of ECHL camps with the Allen Americans tentatively having physicals scheduled for players on October 2. NHL camps are in full swing and they have already started to trim their rosters. Allen has been well represented at NHL camps with the following players from last year in attendance. Here they are with the numbers they are wearing at camp. Some have already been released to AHL camps.
#51 – Abeltshauser, Konrad (St. Louis Blues)
#59 – Asuchak, Spencer (St. Louis Blues)
#67 – Arseneau, Vincent (San Jose Sharks)
#73 – Crane, Chris (San Jose Sharks)
#30 – Dell, Aaron (San Jose Sharks)
#96 – DiPaolo, Mike (San Jose Sharks)

– The Sharks trimmed 14 players yesterday and all 14 players were assigned to the San Jose Barracuda (AHL). This list is significant as it is most likely from this group Allen will be assigned players at the end of the AHL camp.
Vincent Arseneau – F
Chris Crane – F
Mike DiPaolo – F
Daniel Doremus – F
Petter Emanuelsson – F
Adam Helewka – F
Nikita Jevpalovs – F
Jeremy Langlois – F
Trevor Parkes – F
Julius Bergman – D
Danny Federico – D
Patrick McNally – D
Rick Pinkston – D
Joakim Ryan – D

– Aaron Dell played last night (came in halfway through the second period) in the San Jose Sharks pre-season  game as they lost to the Vancouver Canucks 1-0 in overtime.  Congrats to Aaron as he reached another milestone on his way to the NHL. According to the hockey reporters in San Jose it is most likely Aaron will start the season with the San Jose Barracuda (AHL) along with goalie Troy Groesnick. If that is the case it would leave Joel Rumpel as the goalie most likely to be assigned to Allen. This is all guess work at this point as there are many more NHL & AHL training camp days left and injuries and performance will certainly play a role.

– Spencer Asuchak will be playing tonight as the St. Louis Blues begin their preseason with split squad games against the Columbus Blue Jackets. Spencer will be with the group playing in St. Louis. Another deserving player taking a big step on his journey to the NHL. Congrats Spencer.

– Look for lots of movement, signings, and trades in the ECHL in the next ten days and here is the reason. As NHL & AHL teams make cuts from their rosters many players with AHL experience will be looking for jobs. ECHL coaches will be able to upgrade their rosters with players that are better and less costly than players they have already signed.

– Another Allen player announcement takes place tomorrow night at Abuelo’s in Plano. It starts at 7:05 and fans are invited to attend. If you want to talk some Allen Americans hockey stop by. There are other announcements that may also happen this week. Stay tuned.

– Here is the schedule of promotions for the upcoming season courtesy of the Allen Americans. Some great promotions this year. Check them out:


10/16/15             Opening Night/Dinosaurs Live/Banner Giveaway/Breast Cancer Awareness Night

10/17/15             Nascar Night/ Jersey Auction/Dinosaurs Live

10/31/15             Halloween Night with Candy and Costume Contest Judging

11/10/15             Military Recognition

11/14/15             Relay for Life/Choctaw Youth Jersey Night

11/15/15             Faith & Family Night/Girl Scouts

11/21/15             Candy Canes for Kids/Josh Wilson Concert/Jersey Auction/Postgame Skate

12/4/15               Hockey In Heels/Ladies Night

12/5/15               Teddy Bear Toss

12/9/15               80’s Night

12/13/15             Boy Scouts Night/Ugly Sweater Jersey Auction/Dinosaurs Live

12/21/15             Postgame Skate with Santa Claus

12/26/15             Boxing Day/Youth Hockey Night

1/8/15                 JDRF (Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation)

1/10/15               Faith & Family Night

1/16/16               Shriners Night

1/17/16               Ice Angels Night/Junior Dance Teams

1/18/16               MLK Kids Day Game/Dallas Zoo

1/24/16               Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Night

1/29/16               Postgame Skate

1/31/16               Medieval Times Characters to appear in Allen

2/5/16                 Mental Health Awareness

2/6/16                 Star Wars Night/Jersey Auction

2/27/16               Allen Police vs. Allen Fire/Auction/Postgame Skate

3/9/16                 Spring Break

3/12/16               Girl Scout Night

3/16/16               St Patrick’s Day Game/Green Beer

3/20/16               Pucks & Paws Night

3/26/16               Military Appreciation Night/Jersey Auction/Postgame Skate

3/27/16               Mental Health Awareness Night

4/6/16                 Fan Appreciation Week

4/8/16                 Fan Appreciation Week

4/9/16                 Fan Appreciation Week


– Last week the ECHL released the critical dates for the upcoming season. Here it is if you haven’t seen it.

Oct. 2015
1 Players may report to Training Camp
Training Camp Rosters due (3 p.m. ET)
2 First day of on-ice sessions
14 Opening Day Rosters due (3 p.m. ET)
16 28th ECHL Regular Season begins
Nov. 2015
1 Deadline for submission of ECHL Hall of Fame candidates
15 Active Rosters cut down from 21 to 20 (by 3 p.m. ET)
Dec. 2015
18 Christmas Waiver/Trade Freeze begins (5 p.m. ET)
23-25 Christmas Break (no games played)
26 Christmas Waiver/Trade Freeze ends (Noon ET)
Jan. 2016
22 Jersey Reversal Date
Feb. 2016
1 Any NHL/AHL Player bought out of contract after today may not appear on an ECHL Protected List
5 ECHL Board of Governor’s Meeting (Kalamazoo, Mich.)
5-6 Hockey Heritage Weekend (Kalamazoo, Mich.)
15 ECHL Overseas Deadline (3 p.m. ET) & IIHF Transfer Deadline (6 p.m. ET)
29 NHL Trade Deadline (3 p.m. ET)
Mar. 2016
7 AHL Trade Deadline (3 p.m. ET)
9 Recall/Assignment Deadline (11:59 p.m. local time)
10 ECHL Trade Deadline (3 p.m. ET)
Apr. 2016
8 Last day to place a Player on Waivers (5 p.m. ET)
9 Last day of 2015-16 ECHL Regular Season
Last day of 2015-16 NHL Regular Season
11 Kelly Cup Playoff Rosters due (3 p.m. ET)
13 Kelly Cup Playoffs begin
17 Last day of AHL Regular Season
June 2016
1 Protected Lists due (3 p.m. ET)
13 Future Considerations Trade Deadline (3 p.m. ET)
15 Season Ending Rosters due (3 p.m. ET)
16 First day to sign SPC’s for 2016-17 Season
30 Qualifying Offers due to Players for 2016-17 Season (11:59 p.m. ET)
Aug. 2016
1 Qualifying Offers expire automatically (11:59 p.m. ET)

DID YOU KNOW: In their first season (2009-2010) the Allen Americans were involved in 64 fights including one each by non-fighters Bruce Graham, Colton Yellow Horn, Justin Bowers and Jordie Benn. Three players had over ten fights led by Liam Huculak (16), Britt Dougherty (13), and Brandon Straub (12). The Americans lost in the CHL Presidents’ Cup Finals to the Rapid City Rush in their rookie season.

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