It has been a while since the last Allen Americans update and wanted to remind those of you that live in the Allen area that coach Steve Martinson will be at the Allen Event Center (AEC) tomorrow (Saturday) from 12:00 -12:30 for a question and answer session with fans. Tommy Daniels is on vacation so the Americans have asked me to host the Q & A session. We will have a chance to get a progress report from coach Martinson on the roster he is building for the upcoming season, what his expectations are for players assigned by San Jose, training camp plans and anything else that is on the minds of the fans. Please join us if you can.

If you can’t make it and have a question you would like me to ask the coach send it along to me in a comment to this blog post, on Facebook, Twitter or send me an email ([email protected]). I will ask your question and then post all of the questions and answers in a blog post on Sunday.

– The Americans announced this week that ECHL playoff MVP Greger Hanson would be returning to Allen for the 2015-2016 season. Greger had 14 AHL games last season with Oklahoma and Worcester so would not be surprised if he gets an invite to San Jose’s AHL camp.  Hanson joins the following list of Allen players that have been signed and announced thus far.

Chad Costello (F)
Kevin Young (D)
Riley Gill (G)
Nolan Descoteaux (D)
Aaron Gens (D)
Casey Pierro-Zabotel (F)
Ian Schultz (F)
Dyson Stevenson (F)

– Several former Allen American players have been signed elsewhere in the last 10 days. Here is a list:
Patrik Valcak –  just signed with the Manchester Storm of the EIHL in Great Britain.
Bryan Pitton – Bryan played in Poland last year and just signed with the Brampton Beast
Kale Kerbashian – Kale re-signed with the Rapid City Rush
Jarret Lukin – re-signed with the Evansville Icemen
Tony Turgeon – signed with the Manchester Monarchs (ECHL)
Steve Kaunisto – re-signed with the Kalamazoo Wings
Ben Wilson – re-signed with the Kalamazoo Wings

– If you pay attention to the referees and linesmen that have officiated Allen American games at the AEC you might have noticed that two of them, referee Jake Brenk and linesman Brandon Gawryletz have recently been promoted to the NHL. Have to admit this is not a surprise as one of the NHL officiating scouts shared with me these were two officials the league was very high on as I reported in a blog post last year. It is a big deal when CHL/ECHL players make the jump to the NHL and it is the same for officials. Congrats to both Jake & Brandon.

DID YOU KNOW: Jake Brenk is a former professional hockey player turned referee. He was drafted by the Edmonton Oilers in the fifth round of 2001 NHL draft and was a teammate of Kevin Young when they both played for the Nijmegen Emperors in the Netherlands in 2005-2006.

Finally, congratulations to Kevin Young and Becky Geyer who are getting married tomorrow in Lake Villa, Illinois.

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