ALLEN, Texas – I have had a lot of questions from those not able to watch the recent Facebook Live event with Steve Martinson so I thought putting the video here would be helpful. The main topic was to announce the new affiliation with the Wild but there were many more worthwhile nuggets.
In case you missed it, here is the video:
If you haven’t been keeping track of the former Allen Americans who have signed with new teams for next season here is a partial list from the last few weeks:
Alex Guptill – signed in England with the Nottingham Panthers
Jared Bethune – headed to college at Queen’s University
Peter MacArthur – signed with the Adirondack Thunder
Gordie Ballhorn – headed to college at the University of Saskatchewan
Stephon Williams – signed in Slovakia with HC Banksa Bystrica
Vincent Arseneau – signed with Utica Comets (AHL) but Allen retains his ECHL rights
Alexandre Carrier – signed with the Atlanta Gladiators
Bryan Moore – signed with the Grand Rapids Griffins (AHL)
Jaynen Rissling – from the Indy Fuel to the Nottingham Panthers (England)
Chris Crane – from the Orlando Solar Bears to the Norfolk Admirals
Daniel Leavens – from the Wichita Thunder to the Toledo Walleye
Corbin Baldwin – from the Idaho Steelheads to the Guildford Flames (England)
Jake Hildebrand – from the Tulsa Oilers to the Kalamazoo Wings
Tanner Eberle – from the Jacksonville IceMen to the Sheffield Steelers (England)
Harrison Ruopp – did not play professionally to the Manchester Storm (England)
Josh Brittain – from Banksa Bystrica (Slovakia) to Deggendorfer SC (Germany)
Joel Rumpel – from the Utah Grizzlies to the Glasgow Clan (Scotland)
Now that Allen has ended their affiliation with San Jose the Sharks, options for an ECHL affiliate are limited. Here is article from Fear the Fin that lays out options for San Jose but also covers the entire NHL affiliation status with ECHL teams. A good read: https://www.fearthefin.com/2018/7/24/17599268/san-jose-sharks-new-echl-affiliate
There is little doubt one of the most anticipated events of the upcoming season will be the first ever Allen Americans alumni game and the events that will surround it. There hasn’t been much information about this 10th anniversary event but it got me to thinking what criteria you would use to pick the best players to ever put on the Allen Americans famous red sweater?
Games played is certainly important, as are points, but how much weight should be given to championships, leadership, community involvement, awards, attitude, locker room impact? Erik Adams, former Allen defenseman and assistant coach has been named ambassador for the alumni game and other special events surrounding the game. Before training camp starts I will interview Erik to get more details on what will surely be a highlight of the season.
– I saw on social media the Costello family headed to Germany (Krefeld) this week to prepare for the upcoming hockey season. Chad joins Greger Hanson who signed with the Krefeld Pinguine at the end of last season. According to eliteprospects.com, there was a rumor back in April that Jack Combs would also be signing with Krefeld but nothing has been announced since. It would be interesting to follow these three former Allen Americans as they try and help turn around the Krefeld Pinguine who finished last in the 14-team league last season.
Did You Know?
If Joel Chouinard, David Makowski, Mike Gunn and Spencer Asuchak return to the Allen Americans (Chouinard and Gunn have already been announced) they could all end the season in the top ten all-time for games played with Allen. Asuchak needs just 17 games to be #1 all time which is currently held by Tyler Ludwig (247 games). Gunn could get as high as #4, Makowski #5 and Chouinard #6.