ALLEN, Texas – It has not been very long since the last article, but I had a few things on the list to share, so I decided to go ahead and put them here.
Martinson Remembers UHL Championship
The Rockford IceHogs have been in the AHL since 2007-08. Before that, from 1999 to 2007, the IceHogs were in the United Hockey League (UHL), which was a double-A league. The IceHogs won their one, and only championship (Colonial Cup) in 2007 and their coach was Steve Martinson.
Recently, the IceHogs had one of their rewind events and replayed the 2007 game seven championship game when they beat Kalamazoo 3-1. Here is the rewind replay, and if you don’t watch the game (two hours), watch the first 17 minutes, which is an interview with Steve Martinson that was just recorded where he relives that 2007 championship. It is classic Martinson:
Zoom, Zoom, Zoom…
Tommy Daniels did another of his Zoom interviews, and this one was a “get-to-know-you” interview with new team president, Mike Waddell. I had the chance to talk to Mike recently, and it is clear he brings a lot of energy and ideas to the job, and he has a wealth of experience. There is no doubt, as he says in this interview, he will be visible and accessible and believes fans have to be at the center of everything the Americans do. If you haven’t seen this interview take the time to do so:
More Player Recaps
Here are a few more season recaps I did for another project that I wanted to share.
Corey Durocher – The sixth-round NHL draft pick of the Florida Panthers (2010) was picked up by the Americans from the Kansas City Mavericks in the middle of November. One of the faster skaters on the team, Corey played in 44 games and had 23 points (9G, 14A) to go along with a plus/minus rating of +15. One of his nine goals was a highlight reel unassisted shorthanded goal against Wichita.
Alex Breton – Alex had an outstanding season in his second pro year in Allen. He tied with teammate Tyler Sheehy for the most assists (44) in the ECHL. He led all ECHL defensemen in scoring with 55 points (11G, 44A). Breton is the only ECHL defenseman who had 10+ goals in 2018-19 and 2019-20. For his efforts, Alex was selected as the ECHL Defenseman of the Year and named to the All-ECHL first team.
Jake Doty – Jake was slated to play with Allen in 2019-20 but received a training camp tryout invitation from the Ontario Reign (AHL) and made the team. As a result, Jake played just three games in Allen. Had the season not been shortened, Jake would have played the five games needed to qualify for the ECHL playoffs and would have been in Allen for the pursuit of their third Kelly Cup. In the second of the three games Doty played in Allen, against rival Wichita, he became the playmaker and had the primary assist on Allen’s first three goals to lead them to victory.
Cody Corbett – Cody was a late-season (February 9) acquisition from Atlanta. The defenseman played in 11 games with the Americans and had three points. The sixth-year pro has 95 AHL games to his credit and returned to the ECHL in 2019-20 after playing in Italy in 2018-19.
Other Loose Ends
– If you haven’t been tracking the latest DASH auction, there are some excellent values. A ZOOM video chat experience with Gary Steffes is at $40. All this money goes to charity, so it’s a great chance to do some good, and anytime you can talk to Gary, it is always inspiring.
Other auction items include a Gabe Gagne military jersey at $310 and a Les Lancaster military jersey at $275. The red game jerseys from this past season can be had for $250 (Alex Guptill) and $270 (Baribeau) based on current bidding. Today is the last day for the auctions.
– A scheduling loose end that was revealed when Rapid City announced their home schedule last week. Allen will visit Rapid City twice in 2020-21. They have a three-game series on November 11, 13, and 14. They will return to play the Rush in a two-game series on January 22 and 23.
Did You Know?
It is hard to believe it is May 5, and it has been 59 days since the Americans played a hockey game. With the canceled 2019-20 season, March 7 will go down as the earliest the Americans have played their last game of the season in the history of the franchise.
Here is the date of the last game played in each year of the Allen franchise, along with the results. There are some great memories in some of these last games but also some big disappointments.
It is open for discussion what were the most talented teams in franchise history, but a good argument can be made for the 2010-11 and 2016-17 teams, which both bowed out early in the playoffs.
May 4, 2010 – A 4-3 loss to Rapid City in the CHL Presidents’ Cup finals
May 8, 2011 – A 5-3 loss to Bossier-Shreveport in the CHL Berry Conference finals
April 10, 2012 – A 4-2 loss to the Texas Brahmas in the CHL Berry Conference semi-finals
May 11, 2013 – A 4-3 OT win over Wichita in the CHL Presidents’ Cup finals
May 10, 2014 – A 5-2 win over Denver in the CHL Presidents’ Cup finals
June 14, 2015 – A 6-1 win over South Carolina in the Kelly Cup finals
June 9, 2016 – A 4-2 win over the Wheeling Nailers in the Kelly Cup finals
May 9, 2017 – A 4-3 loss to Colorado in the ECHL Mountain Division finals
April 25, 2018 – A 4-1 loss to Idaho in the ECHL Mountain Division semi-finals
April 6, 2019 – A 4-1 loss to Wichita, out of playoffs
March 7, 2020 – A 4-2 loss to Tulsa, season canceled
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