The 2015-16 version of the Allen Americans team converged on North Texas in a big way yesterday. Players were arriving in town by air and automobile in an effort to get settled into what are new apartments for the team from where they have stayed the last few years. More players will arrive in the next few days including some of those attending AHL training camps. The Allen training camp roster has been submitted, the locker room and equipment room are all spiffed up and ready to go for the first practice on Monday. While it seems like it has been a long time coming for hockey to return to Allen the fact is it was a short summer for everyone involved as the seventh game of the final was just over 100 days ago.
Here are the players on the training camp roster as submitted to the league office. As players who are at AHL camps get released or assigned to Allen this roster will grow. There are also some players on try out agreements that will be in camp not included on this list: Riley Gill, G; Kevin Young, D; Garrett Clarke, D; Aaron Gens, D; Jacob Poe, D; Trevor Ludwig, D; Ayrton Nikkel, D; Eric Roy, D; Chad Costello, F; Casey Pierro-Zabotel, F; Dyson Stevenson, F; Justin Courtnall, F; Michael Colavecchia, F; Tyler Stothers, F.
One of the reasons Allen won the Kelly Cup is the affiliation with San Jose which is entering its second year. With so many Allen players from last year attending training camp with the Sharks (NHL) and/or Barracuda (AHL,) fan interest in tracking and supporting the two San Jose teams has increased substantially. While the web sites and social media sites of the Sharks and Barracuda are excellent sources of information another place to find a lot of great articles and information about the happenings with both San Jose teams is called “The Gackle Report.”
Paul Gackle, who grew up in Winnipeg founded the Gackle Report and it is a place to go for insider coverage of the Sharks and Barracuda. Since training camps have started the Gackle Report has had new content everyday. Last night they covered the Barracuda’s first preseason game. San Jose lost to Stockton 4-2. You can get the entire story by going to gacklereport.com but here are some highlights having to do with players that were in Allen last year. The Barracuda coach said one of the players that caught his eye was Vincent Arseneau and he also said the line that included Greger Hanson and Chris Crane was the best line for most of the night.
Going back to the Gackle Report I first became aware of their work just a week ago when they posted a story about how different it is for the players on the AHL team to now be in San Jose rather than Worcester. Some interesting insight is provided in the article. You can read the article, here: http://www.gacklereport.com/feature/energy-is-high-as-barracuda-open-camp-next-door-to-sharks/
Other notes from the game included both Vincent Arseneau and Mike DiPaolo having fights, Aaron Dell playing the last half of the game and Greger Hanson leading the team with five shots on goal. My understanding is some of the Allen contracted players are heading back to Allen today while others will stay for the remainder of camp. The Barracuda play their second and final preseason game Saturday night in Bakersfield.
If you follow social media you probably noticed that you can now buy the ECHL TV packages at “early bird” pricing through October 23rd. You can watch all 36 Allen away games for just $89.99 which is only $2.50 per game. You can watch the games on PC, iPhone, iPad and Android devices and the games are archived so you can watch them at anytime.
The ECHL has released the training camp rosters for most teams and you can find them at the ECHL web site (echl.com). While it hasn’t been announced by the Americans they have released second year defensemen Nolan Descoteaux and he has been picked up by the Rapid City Rush.