The first ten days of training camp each year always has a lot of roster changes but this season has been full of surprises for Allen Americans fans. One player was at the meet and greet the Saturday before the first day of camp and never made it to the first on ice practice. Before you can put a name to a face, they are gone. You definitely need a roster list every time you attend practice and that will certainly be the case this week as the roster is trimmed down to the final roster which is due Wednesday at 3:00 p.m. Eastern time. To complicate matters there are players being assigned by San Jose which will strengthen the team but require additional players to be released. Throw in a surprise like the Trevor Ludwig trade and you can see the wisdom of not writing any feature stories until the roster is set and even then there will be many roster changes after the season begins.
So far four players have been released. Max Cook was released prior to the preseason game in Wichita. Three players that played in the preseason game in Wichita were officially released yesterday, forwards Tyler Stothers and Mike Colavecchia as well as defenseman Jacob Poe. These moves has gotten coach Martinson close to the final roster depending how many players he wants to carry to open the season. Remember, he can have an active roster of 21 players for the first month of the season and then it goes to 20. In addition he can place two players on reserve and an unlimited number of players on injured reserve which requires them to be sidelined for a minimum of 21 days.
Daniel, who goes by Danny, is a power forward who was raised in Aspen, Colorado. His parents who became high school sweethearts were both born in Aspen. Danny played his youth hockey in Aspen, took advantage of his father’s European travels to spend his freshman year of high school playing hockey in Switzerland and then played high school hockey back in Aspen. He then moved on to play junior hockey in Denver and Sioux Falls (USHL) before attending the University of Denver (DU) where he was a management major. In 2013-14 he was an academic all conference player and also helped lead his team to the conference championship and a NCAA berth. As a senior he was chosen as an alternate captain of the team and helped lead DU to a quarterfinal appearance in the NCAA tournament. He signed with San Jose in April, 2015 after his collegiate eligibility was complete and played five games with the Worcester Sharks at the end of last season.
Danny Federico is a defensive defensman who is from Acton, MA and played his junior hockey for the Boston Junior Bruins of the Eastern Junior Hockey League (EJHL). In 2009-10 he was the Defensive Player of the Year for the Junior Bruins. Danny attended Quinnipiac University where he skated for four seasons from 2011-15. As a senior, Federico was co-captain of the team, was a candidate for the league’s Best Defensive Defenseman Award and helped lead the team to their third consecutive appearance in the NCAA tournament. He was tied for the league lead in plus minus with a +19. He also led his team in plus/minus as a sophomore and junior. An outstanding student who was named to the league’s All-Academic Team, Danny majored in Finance and may pursue a law career after his playing days are over. Danny was just signed to an AHL/ECHL two way contract by the San Jose Barracuda and loaned to Allen.
Tristan is a talented center originally from Elk River, Minnesota who went the major junior hockey route playing four years in the Western Hockey League. He was signed by the Dallas Stars to a three year entry level contract in 2009 and made his professional debut in 2010-11 playing 11 games for the Texas Stars (AHL). He is now in his sixth professional season. King played for the Ontario Reign last season and had a great playoff with 17 points (7 goals 10 assists) in 17 games. Tristan was acquired by Missouri in the off season as part of a future considerations trade that Missouri had made with Ontario when they sent a player to Ontario late last season. Missouri then traded King to Allen for Trevor Ludwig. King has bounced around the ECHL having been with seven different teams in six seasons. If you look at his resume he looks like a player that needs a fresh start and an opportunity to prove himself. Steve Martison’s system may be just the ticket for King to have a career year. It certainly has happened to many other players when they play in Allen.
Rick Pinkston is a defenseman from Trenton, Michigan who played three years for the Tri-City Storm of the USHL where he was the captain of the team in his final season and was also an All-Star. He then spent four years at Dartmouth College (2011-15). Pinkston played six games for the Springfield Falcons (AHL) at the end of last season after wrapping up four years at Dartmouth. Rick completed his senior year by finishing first on his team in plus/minus (+14) in 28 games while setting career highs in both points (13) and assists (9). He signed a two-way AHL/ECHL contract with the San Jose Barracuda at the end of August and participated in San Jose’s NHL and AHL training camps. While Pinkston has some offensive skill look for him to primarily be a defensive defenseman who was one of his team’s top penalty killers in college and he is an excellent shot blocker. His college coach said of Rick, “He brings a lot of stability and consistency to our line up.”