It only took the Allen Americans 4 years to win their first President’s Trophy championship and after just a little more than a month, the Americans are working towards a repeat as they celebrate their 5th anniversary. With the shake up in the CHL this off season with several teams heading to other leagues and the dissolving of Allen’s chief rival, Ft. Worth/Texas Brahmas, the free agency pool became quite deep to choose from, and the Americans wasted very little time.
In their first move of the off season, the Americans signed former Brahmas, John Snowden and Phil Fox. Snowden, who started his pro career in the state of Texas a decade ago, had 42 points in 41 games for the Brahmas is a right-handed defenseman who has experience in the ECHL (including time with now Dallas Stars affiliate Idaho Steelheads) and a few games in the AHL. Snowden played in the Brahmas 9 playoff games last year and added 3 points.
Phil Fox is a right handed forward who is a good two-way player which is indicative of his plus/minus, having a rating of +18 in his two seasons with the Brahmas to start his professional career. In 103 professional games over the last 2 years, Fox has netted 41 goals and added 37 helpers along with 3 goals in the 9 games in the post season.
In additional moves that seemingly go hand-in-hand, Allen signed former Wichita Thunder captain, Daniel Tetrault who brings a wealth of experience. The 91st overall draft pick of the Montreal Canadiens in 1997 played 5 seasons with the WHL’s Brandon Wheat Kings and has seen quite a significant amount of ice time in the AHL. This is made all the more fitting with the news of the retirement of Allen’s captain, Jason Deitsch as he was just named the head coach of the NA3HL Dallas Junior Stars. Deitsch, of course, is no stranger to championships, having won titles on 5 separate occasions, the first coming with the Texas Tornado in 2000-2001 and saw his first professional championship come with Kalamazoo in 2005-2006. Jason has won the CHL President’s Cup twice, his first coming with the Texas Brahmas in 2008-2009 and of course last year’s title with Allen.
“I’m very excited about this new opportunity and want to thank the fans in Allen for making my time there the best of my career,” Deitsch said via the team’s press release.
The team will also look to returning fan-favorite, Darryl Bootland as a potential candidate to don the “C” as the announcement was made live at the annual Celebrate Allen USA Fourth of July celebration.
“I’m excited to back,” said Bootland to Americans broadcaster, Tommy Daniels. “This is a great place to raise a family. My wife is from Texas, so returning made sense. I look forward to defending our title.”
In all honesty, there might not be a better person to wear the Captain’s C than Bootland. In the years I’ve been watching this sport, outside of maybe Mark Messier, I would be very hard pressed to find someone who truly leads by example on the ice the way Darryl does.
The Americans will open up their title defense with training camp at the Allen Event Center, set to start up in October. Season tickets are some of the most affordable forms of family entertainment in the DFW area and I would encourage everyone to jump on board very quickly by calling 972-912-1000. The team had standing room only sold before noon on the day of game 7, so do not wait to call and secure your seats today.