The Dallas Stars announced Tuesday that they have signed a new affiliation agreement with the CEntral Hockey League's Allen Americans through the coming season, marking the fourth season the teams have been officially linked.
This firms up the Stars' organization depth for the coming season (...) in conjunction with the move made last week to officially extend their agreement with the Idaho Steelheads of the ECHL.
On May 4th of this year the Americans announces that former Dallas Stars Mike Modano, Craig Ludwig, and Ed Belfour has teams up to become minority owners of the franchise. Doug Miller (Top Shelf, LLC) is the majority owner. Richard Matvichuk was announced as the Assistant General Manager and will coach the defense for the coming year.
We'll be following the Americans a little closer this year, naturally, along with the Stars other minor league affiliates should the NHL and NHLPA put themselves through another lengthy lockout. Brenden Morrow played 19 games with the (now defunct) Oklahoma City Blazers of this same league during the league's last lockout in 2004-2005. The Stars had no affiliation with the Blazers, as does Allen, so it's not clear if locked-out Stars could play in Allen should history repeat itself.
The American's season starts with back to back home games at the beautiful Allen Events Center October 20th and 21st. If you missed this excellent Americans themed Photoshop of Modano, Ludwig, Matvichuk, and Belfour that Modano tweeted this weekend, check it out.
Full release after the jump...
Frisco, TX - The Dallas Stars and Texas Stars announced today that the clubs have signed a new affiliation agreement with the Central Hockey League's Allen Americans through the 2012-13 season. It will be the fourth season the trio of teams has worked together.
The Allen Americans play at the 6,275-seat Allen Event Center, which opened in Allen, Texas, in 2009, and the club played host to over 140,000 fans last season. The Americans have qualified for the playoffs every year since joining the CHL in 2009, including reaching the 2010 Ray Miron President's Cup Finals and winning the 2010-11 Berry Conference Regular Season .
"We are pleased to continue our affiliation with the Allen Americans," said Dallas Stars General Manager Joe Nieuwendyk. "Allen has had a great deal of success since their inception, and it's been a very positive partnership having a development affiliate in such close proximity."
The CHL is a "AA" professional minor hockey league with ten active teams located in eight states. The AHL is the highest level of minor-league hockey in North America.