Hockey continues to bloom at every level but the top.
The Texas Stars have roared through their preseason schedule 3-0, the Texas Tornado are playing up in Frisco, and now the Allen Americans of the Central Hockey League begin their camp tomorrow at Allen Event Center's Community Rink.
Allen enters their fourth year in the CHL having established a winning tradition with a record of 128-51-17, including a trip to the Ray Miron President's Cup (the league finals) and the Berry Conference Championship in each of their first two seasons.
The Americans held a press conference in May announcing Craig Ludwig, Mike Modano, Ed Belfour and Richard Matvichuk as minority owners and partners in the team. Matvichuk will also coach the defense and serves as Assistant General Manager. You'll certainly glimpse him out there at camp, and likely the others as well.
Several Dallas Stars players, including (reportedly) Kari Lehtonen, Trevor Daley and several others, have been using this same sheet of ice (community ice rink) in Allen to keep in shape. Rumor has it that after Americans sessions are done this week they will continue their workouts on that same sheet of ice.
The Americans open their schedule in just 13 days at home against Arizona on October 20th.
The release from Allen on the start of camp and on Kids Day tomorrow, Monday the 8th...
Allen, Texas - The Allen Americans announced on Friday, that Monday, October 8th will be Kids Day at Allen Americans Training Camp.
Monday, in observance of Columbus Day, the Americans encourage all young Americans fans to attend the opening of Allen Americans Training Camp. The door of the Allen Event Center's Community Rink will open at 10:00 AM. Practice will run for approximately 90 minutes.
Americans Head Coach Steve Martinson, along with Defensive Coach Richard Matvichuck and members of the Americans ownership group, will be on the ice to conduct the camp.
"We are extremely excited about the opening of camp," said Americans Head Coach Steve Martinson. "Having the young fans in the building on Monday will add to that excitement."
The Americans will play their first pre-season game on Friday, October 12th at Texas. The pre-season home opener will be the following night Saturday, October 13th, also against the Texas Brahmas.
Season Tickets are on sale at the Allen Americans offices at the Allen Event Center or by calling 972-912-1000. www.allenamericans.com