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As the hockey season ramps up, we wanted to take a look at what it takes to be an Allen Americans player. What does a normal day look like? What are the ups and downs? 

Today, we have insights from three of the team’s players on everything from regular routines to their eating habits and hobbies. 

“There’s really no such thing as an average day during the season,” says player David Makowski. “Every day is different and I’m always focused on preparing myself to be ready for a game. It usually consists of working out, stretching, eating well and resting.”

The team spends many of their days during the season commuting to games and traveling around the country, which can be draining, especially when combined with rigorous practices and other events.

“Rest is a weapon,” adds player Johnny McInnis. “I’m a firm believer in recovering the right way. Playing such a high-paced game makes it tough for a lot of us to relax and just let our bodies rest, but over the years, I have learned that staying off your feet and stretching can really help you get a mental and physical rest. 

Sometimes, the players are on the road for long periods of time, which gives them many hours to prepare for upcoming games while also pursuing some of their own hobbies.

“I’ve had lengthy road trips for as long as I can remember,” says player Kevin Sundher. “It’s almost second nature now. It’s a great opportunity to bond with the guys, and as long as I have my iPad, laptop and headphones for the bus, I’m a happy man.”

The fast-paced schedules of the players aren’t just physically exhausting, but also mentally fatiguing. It takes a great deal of effort to keep your head in the game, especially when homesickness plagues you.

“The biggest struggle for me is always the time spent away from family and friends back home,” says McInnis. “The season gets so busy sometimes I can hardly keep up with communication from everyone. It’s tough when they don’t always get to see me play or I miss birthdays, holidays, etc. But you create such a bond with your teammates and staff that they become your family during the season.”

Staying healthy is also a challenge on the road. Players need to eat right, keep their bodies in shape, and stay mentally prepared for the games ahead.

“During the season, we burn a lot of calories, so I think we can get away with a little more diet-wise than most,” says McInnis. “But I do find that I perform better when I stick to my eating regimen. Personally, I love to cook, so my diet is usually a pretty good mix of proteins like eggs, chicken breast, steak, and even ground turkey. I also need to get some vegetables in me, so I stick to avocados, zucchini, and asparagus.”

Injuries are also common during the season, and for some players, they can pose a big setback for both games and practices.

“I’ve been injured most of the season,” says Sundher. “It’s an arm injury, so I haven’t been able to play with the puck at all. Being injured is always tough, especially at the start of the season. I spend less time skating with the guys, and we’ve had lots of road trips so I haven’t been able to spend time with them. I’m looking forward to getting back at in the near future and helping the team win some games.”

Despite the long days of travel and the continuous exertion the players face, they all understand that playing for the Allen Americans is a unique and wonderful opportunity.

“It’s a privilege to be here,” says Sundher. “There’s a great support system from the fans, and the organization has a history of success for a reason.”

After winning four championships in the last decade, the Allen Americans have established an impressive name for themselves in the world of professional hockey.

“This is such an unbelievable organization,” said Makowski. “Not many professional sports teams accomplish what the Allen Americans have done in 10  years. Our owner, management, coaches and staff provide the players with everything we need to be successful and make it such an awesome place to play. You can ask most of the players on the other teams in the league where their number one place to play would be and the answer is usually Allen. If it isn’t, they’ve never been here.”


To see these guys in action, along with their many other teammates, check out an upcoming game at the Allen Event Center. On December 1, the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles will pay a visit to support their favorite team. Then, on December 21, some of your favorite DC Comic characters will stop by. 

Learn more about the Allen Americans’ game schedule or buy tickets by visiting www.allenamericans.com.

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At their home rink inside the Allen Event Center, our local hockey team doesn’t just bring their A-game to the ice; they also bring it to their fans with unique themes, special events, and community involvement. These activities are never more enjoyable than when the holiday season rolls around. 

Over the next few weeks, the Allen Americans will host several fun games that the whole family can enjoy. Take your out-of-town relatives to an event to show them just how festive a hockey game can be. From dinosaurs to Santa Claus and his reindeer, here are the top themed nights you won’t want to miss during November and December. 

Friday, November 30 - Jurassic Arena Night

When the Allen Americans play the Wichita Thunder, the entire arena will take on a prehistoric atmosphere. There will be a dinosaur costume contest, special autograph opportunities and even Jurassic Park vehicles on display. The photo ops are endless, and any young dino-lover will have a blast cheering on hockey players and the occasional T-Rex.

Saturday, December 1 - Nickelodeon Night (featuring the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles)

Presented by Tim Jackson Custom Homes and Children’s Health Teddy Bear Toss, this game offers fans the chance to meet the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, as well as support a great cause. Stuffed animals will be thrown onto the ice, then donated to surrounding hospitals to spread some Christmas spirit to those in need. The Americans will be battling the Wichita Thunder again, but this time they’ll be wearing Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles jerseys.

Friday, December 21 - DC Comics Night

Adults and children alike will have the chance to meet their favorite superheroes at this one-of-a-kind game. While the Allen Americans strive for victory on the ice against the Cincinnati Cyclones, fans can participate in a superhero-themed costume contest and grab autographs from players. It’s an event the whole family will want to participate in.

Saturday, December 22 - Christmas/Seinfeld Night

When the family’s together, why not take them to a game that’s both seasonal and hilarious? Fans will be adorned in their ugliest Christmas sweaters, and even the players will be wearing ugly Christmas jerseys. Plus, there will be photo ops with Santa Claus and a real reindeer. It’s safe to say that spending the weekend before Christmas with the Allen Americans is one of the best ways to ring in the holiday. 

Interested in attending any of the upcoming games? Visit allenamericans.com to buy tickets. You can also sign up for the Allen Americans Insider so that you know about all of the awesome themed games approaching on the calendar. 

For a peek into the future, here are some of the most exciting games coming up in the new year.

  • Friday, January 11 - It’s a Small World Night
  • Friday, February 1 - Circus Night (Under the Big Top: The Greatest Show in Allen)
  • Saturday, February 2 - Star Wars Night
  • Saturday, February 16 - Harry Potter Night
  • Sunday, February 17 - Dr. Seuss Night


You can view the entire promotional calendar here.


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Left - Josh Thrower, Right - Dalton Thrower

When you put two loyal, dedicated brothers on the same team, you’re certainly in for double the fun (and double the trouble). The Allen Americans recently re-signed Canadian brothers Dalton, 24, and Josh Thrower, 22, for the 2018-2019 season, and fans are excited to see more of these fierce siblings on the ice. 

This is the first time the two brothers have had the chance to play on the same team professionally, and they both couldn’t be happier about the opportunity.

“I wouldn’t say there are any low points when playing with my brother,” Josh said. “Coach Marty has given us a great opportunity. It’s great for our family to be able to watch us together on the ice and make one trip to see both of us, and it’s just been so enjoyable to play together. You just gotta embrace it and push each other to do better.”

Coming from Vancouver in 2017, Josh and Dalton have definitely had to adjust to life here in the Lone Star State. However, they’re loving the benefits North Texas has to offer them, both as professional players and as current residents.

“Allen is just a great place to live and play, and the fans do everything they can for us. On a lot of teams, you don’t see that kind of support from fans,” Dalton said. “Also, the food in Texas is amazing. Cowboy Chicken is something we always go home and brag about to our friends and family in Canada.”

Another thing they love about Texas? Our devotion to our favorite teams and watching big games.

“Everyone loves their sports out here,” said Dalton. “It’s a really fun culture to play in.”

When the brothers decided to play in America, they didn’t want to play for just any team; they wanted to play where championships are earned and winners are made. Since the Allen Americans have walked away with four championships over the past decade, that made the team an appealing choice.

“This is a winning team,” Dalton said. “That was a big part of our coming here. Our coach is a winner, and we felt like this was a great opportunity to learn while also playing together. We’ve had a dream since we were kids to play in the NHL… and we’re pushing toward the goal and next level every day.” 

Last year was Josh’s first time to play on a professional team, and he was thrilled to share the first two years with family. “Being able to play with my older brother has been a pretty cool experience. He was the first one to jump into major junior hockey years ago, and being the younger brother and looking up to that, it really helped me feed off his accomplishment.”

Both brothers attribute much of their love for hockey and team comradery to their father.

“Dad really pushed us growing up,” Dalton said. “He was a coach for a lot of our teams, and he made it enjoyable. He did everything he could to drive us to Vancouver for practice. He made everything easier for us as kids to enjoy ourselves and really wanted to help us be better players.”

The brothers’ shared experiences, both on the ice and on the road, have forged a bond between them that rivals all others. Together, they’re determined to establish a name for themselves in the world of professional hockey, and maybe someday the NHL.

“We want to win the championship this year,” said Dalton. “We’ve had a slow start, but it’s not how you start, it’s how you finish. We’re going to turn it around.”

Want to support the Thrower brothers and the rest of the Allen Americans? The best way to do so is to spend one of your weekend nights at their fun games. This Saturday’s home game (November 10) is Veterans Night, so special ticket discounts will be offered to all veterans. Plus, former and current military members will be recognized. 

To snag tickets to games or learn more about the Allen Americans, visit allenamericans.com. Then, keep an eye out on BubbleLife for more interviews and feature pieces.

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For 10 years now, locals have donned their red apparel and pledged their allegiance to the Allen Americans. The team was founded in 2009 by the Central Hockey League, and since then, it’s established a passionate following (and for good reason). The Allen Americans have made it to the playoffs every year, and in their 10th year, they plan to do so once more. 

In honor of the team’s 10th anniversary, we want to take a look at the most defining moments in its past. What has led to this team’s success, and what were their most shining moments over the last decade? 

2009

Even though the team was formed in the spring of 2009, the Allen Event Center wasn’t completed until November of that year. Their first home game on November 7 might have been a loss, but more than 5,800 people showed up to support the new team. The team then went on to make it to the finals in their first year, though they lost to The Rapid City Rush.

2010

The Allen Americans won the Bud Poile Governor’s Cup in 2010. This was their best regular season record and hallmarked the beginning of the team’s future success. Biscuit the American Bulldog also joined the team. The lovable pup wears the jersey number “K9” and has become the face of an anti-bullying program, as well as a much-beloved team.

2011

For the third year in a row, the Americans made it to the playoffs, only to lose the conference finals to the Bossier-Shreveport Mudbugs. This was also the year in which the team signed a one-year affiliation deal with the Colorado Avalanche of the NHL. This affiliation is no longer in place.

2012

By this year, the team has made it to the playoffs every year and won two Governor’s Cups, but they still walked away without a championship title. In June, the Americans announced Steve Martinson as the new head coach with Richard Matvichuk as the assistant general manager and defensive coach.

2013

The Allen Americans won the Ray Miron’s President’s Cup and achieved their first championship win in May of 2013. The sold-out crowd went wild at the success of such a young team, and even more locals began to wear red in support.

2014

On May 10, the Allen Americans officially became the third CHL team to win back-to-back Ray Miron President’s Cup championships. They won their third championship in front of a sold-out crowd and were then sold to Stevens Brothers Sports Management LLC.

2015

During the playoffs in 2015, the Americans won their first game but lost the following three to the Ontario Reign. Things were looking bleak when suddenly the team turned it around and came back to win the next three games, clinching the championship. On June 14, the Americans won against the South Carolina Stingrays and claimed their first Kelly Cup.

2016

As if three championship titles weren’t enough, the team went on to celebrate their fourth consecutive championship in June of 2016 against the Wheeling Nailers. They were the first team since 1994 to win consecutive ECHL championships.

2017

On February 23, the team was sold to Jack D. Gulati. They made it to the playoffs once more but were defeated by the Colorado Eagles.

2018

Last spring, the Allen Americans made it to the playoffs for the ninth year in a row. They lost to the Idaho Steelheads, but in the 2018-2019 season, they plan to return to the playoffs with renewed skill and dedication. 


What will the Allen Americans accomplish this year? With four championship titles under their belt, many hope to see the team reach the playoffs for the 10th year in a row. So far in the 2018-2019 season, they’ve won three games and lost four, but who knows what the future holds for this team. 

We do know that the team will continue to get involved with the community. From working with charities doing jersey auctions every season to dumping snow in the yards of excited fans during the holidays, the Allen Americans play a big role in Allen and surrounding North Texas cities. 

To show your support at an upcoming home game, grab tickets at allenamericans.com. Don’t miss the “Marvel’s Superhero Night” on November 3 at the Allen Event Center. Every home game has a special theme, which makes cheering on the Allen Americans especially fun for friends and family.

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When it comes to building a strong team and encouraging players to make the most of their time in Allen, Allen Americans Head Coach Steve Martinson places a large emphasis on planning for the future. Back in 2014, many of his players expressed interest in becoming firemen after their hockey careers came to an end, so Martinson took action to facilitate their aspirations. 

After meeting with the Allen Fire Department and Battalion Chief Rex Womack, an internship program was developed to transition interested hockey players into trained firefighters who could remain in the community, serving the fans who have backed them for years. 

The firefighter internship program took a break for a few years, but now, 11 current Allen Americans players are involved. The men receive first-hand training, go on ride alongs and truly experience what it’s like to live as a firefighter. Some of the players even assist with extinguishing live fires.

“When players sign up to participate in the internship program and learn to be a firefighter, they know they’re committing to a long, hard process,” said Assistant Coach and McKinney firefighter Jason Deitsch. “They’re dedicating their free time during the season to learning what it’s like to try this career, and whether or not they end up becoming full-time firefighters, they learn valuable skills and explore a possible career path.”

Although one might not immediately draw a line between playing hockey and fighting fires, the players see a direct connection between the two experiences.

“Firefighting is a similar atmosphere to the hockey dressing room with the camaraderie,” said Kevin Young, who previously participated in the program when he was playing for the Allen Americans. “It's hard to plan for when you won't be playing anymore, but it's something we all need to do. This program gives you a great look at what it takes to be a firefighter and also gives you some great hands-on education.”

Similarly, Deitsch remarked on how smooth the transition from the locker room to the fire station can seem to players. “Playing hockey is all about learning to work as a team, and as a firefighter, relying on your team is key,” he said. “Players want a career that uses some of the skills they’ve worked so hard to form while playing hockey, and firefighting provides them with the opportunity to do that.”

There are two parts to the internship program. The first is a structured period in which the players learn about basic EMT skills, like starting IVs, checking blood pressure, and clearing airways. Each intern goes through six or seven in-depth training sessions, then moves on to partner with one of the five fire stations in Allen.

While working with firefighters, the players build their own schedules and dedicate much of their free time to the experience. Each individually spends 24 to 30 hours participating in ride alongs, as well as attending classroom and hands-on training.

“I really wanted that firsthand experience, to peek behind the curtain,” said Young. “I went into the program with hopes of finding out if firefighting could be my next career choice. [The firefighters] trained us well and welcomed us into the station like we were a part of the team.”

To learn more about how the Allen Americans are involved in the community around us, visit allenamericans.com. There you can read about everything from Biscuit’s Bully Busters Program to special games and events. For tickets to upcoming home games with awesome themes like Ladies Night Hockey in Heels (November 2) or Marvel’s Superhero Night (November 3), click here.

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Today, we’re proud to host Steve Martinson, the star coach of the Allen Americans, here on BubbleLife. As the hockey season picks up and the first home game approaches this weekend, we wanted to hear a little bit about Martinson’s role as a coach and the struggles, joys and changes he faces during the season.

Read more to learn about the coach’s life and history, as well as fun facts like his favorite guilty pleasure at the Allen Event Center’s concession stand.

1. Where did your love for hockey first begin? Fill us in a little on your background, both as a player and a coach. 

When you grow up in Minnesota, hockey starts early. I began skating on teams at age 5. My dad flooded our backyard basketball court so we could skate every day. I graduated to daily treks to the Gro Tonka outdoor rink where I spent countless hours playing hockey.

Making the NCAA Senior All Star game led to a tryout with the Minnesota North Stars. I retired after 12 years of pro hockey and became a financial consultant for Smith Barney. A financial meeting led to a coaching opportunity, and I'm still at it 23 years after.

2. Can you tell us a bit about the average day in the life of a hockey coach? 

An average practice day is looking at the lineup, who’s healthy, who’s not. How they played in the previous game, if you’re going to change any combinations. What do we need to work on, power play, penalty kill, and the neutral zone. Dividing up practice strategies, like a lot of skating at the start of the week and less before game days.

You’re always looking at available players to improve your roster. I frequently check in with our affiliate (Minnesota/Iowa Wild) to see if we are going to gain or lose players. I really focus every day on strategizing the week based on previous games and the roster.

3. What is the team’s offseason routine? How does it differ during pre-season and the season itself? 

My offseason is really spent on recruiting. It is the combination of scouting and cross-referencing, and getting the right mix of players. A lot of players go home and go to work and then they train. More off-ice strength training than skating and some long distance running. Early in the offseason, most guys are resting and recuperating. 

During the season, it is completely different. During the offseason, you’re trying to pick the team and get players conditioned. It is night and day from the offseason to the season.

4. What are some of the challenges you anticipate to face during this season? How will you address them? 

We tried to address the loss of players to non-affiliates last year by being a little more selective in who we signed. It is a challenge not having as many experienced guys looking to play in the AHL. We had some off ice issues and trimmed some of those players out of the roster. We also asked some other players to change things in their personal lives to help them be a better player. 

Challenges are any obstacles that get in the way of winning, like injuries and call-ups. You just try to keep your players healthy and then have good team chemistry. You want everyone to buy in and have the same work ethic. 

You are dealing with players’ personal expectations. They want to perform well for obvious reasons. There are challenges within the game of competing for ice time, power play time. Managing egos and keeping everyone engaged by making them feel like they are an important player on the team. But that is not something that is always true, some are counted on to do more and have more expectations, but you don’t want the other players to feel slighted because expectations are different. 

It is important to keep good chemistry and have everyone buy in. We have to create that environment. It’s a challenge to make everyone feel important and needed. Some guys need a little more attention than others.

In Allen, we like to have three lines that can score. In some other places, the third line isn’t expected to do anything other than be a checking line. You can’t have three power play lines so it is hard, but it is great for team competition. I tell guys that if they are rolling or their lines are playing well, they are going to get opportunities and power play time. 

5. What makes the Allen Americans a great team to coach?  

They are like any team: when you get the right group together, they are fun to coach. When we get it right, it is a team that snowballs and is easier to coach because they get on autopilot and all we have to do is tweak it. 

It helps to have a winning culture that can be self-motivating to the players. Guys come to Allen because of our success and understand the expectations are high. Plus, it is a great place to live. 

6. In your opinion, what are the most important skills a player needs to have in order to excel? What about a coach?
 
Players have got to have drive. I always say that we want guys who will work hard, be in shape, and be team guys who play within the system and finish their checks. The higher your skill level, that creates a glue environment. The higher the skill level of the glue guys, the better the team you have. Drive, athleticism and a good hockey IQ.

As a coach, at our level, you’ve got to be able to have a plan. Even if you have to adjust it, you need to have a plan. You’ve got to be able to adjust and multitask and be forgiving. 

7. How do you balance being a supportive team leader while also challenging your players to grow and improve? 

Any good athlete wants to get better, and that is one thing that we talk about is getting better every day. So you’ve got to come with the right attitude and practice. Not just getting through, but actively working on getting better. It is like lifting weights. The idea is that after a month you will notice you’re better, you are stronger, and that is not something you will notice the next day. You hope the player is improving both individually and as a teammate. 

8. What’s the best way for fans to support the team? 

Buy a ticket! The best way is to buy a ticket and come down and enjoy watching the game. Cheer on the team and give us a home ice advantage. 

9. What is your favorite part of the season and the games? 

My favorite part of the season is the playoffs and my favorite part of the game is winning. Ultimately, it is winning, but just trying to have your team prepared for a game plan and then executing. A lot of people get caught up in that they didn’t follow the game plan, but the reality is players weren’t disciplined. You feel really good about it when you see players playing at the level that they are capable of. It is frustrating to see to players play under your expectation. You get satisfaction, not just out of winning, but from seeing players improve and play at their A game. 

10. Be honest: what’s your favorite concession food to buy at the games? 

The Marty Dog. Try it! 


Don’t forget to grab tickets for the first Allen American home game on Saturday, Oct. 20. The ice will be dyed pink in support of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, so it’s sure to be a game you won’t forget.


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Pink in the Rink - October 20

Although the Allen Americans’ 10th Anniversary season has already begun, it’s not too late to attend every home game and pledge your support to the boys in red. The team’s first home game is on Saturday, October 20, and the players are ready to bring their A-game to the Allen Event Center.

Now’s the best time to grab your season tickets so that you don’t miss a home game. The ticket plans are surprisingly affordable, and if you want to save a little more money, you can even opt for a half-season pass that gets you seats at 18 games.

As a Season Plan Ticket Holder, you’ll receive access to several key benefits, including:

  • 36 reserved season game tickets
  • Great savings off gate price
  • Exclusive access to the Season Ticket Holder-Only Lounge
  • Access to special events
  • A flexible exchange policy
  • A 15 percent discount card for the Americans’ team store
  • Flexible no-interest payment plans

Half-Season Plan Ticket Holders will receive many of the same benefits, as well as upgrade opportunities and the ability to renew their payment plans. To learn more about Season Ticket Plan pricing and other details, visit allenamericans.com/ticket-plans.

Don’t forget that the first home game is “Pink in the Rink” in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. By attending, you’ll support the UT Southwestern Harold C. Simmons Comprehensive Cancer Center and enjoy specialty drinks and a stunning pink rink.

In honor of their 10th Anniversary, the Allen Americans will be bringing more fun features to the rink than ever before. Fans won’t want to miss other exciting games like:

Marvel’s Super Hero Night vs. South Carolina - November 3
With the help of the Black Panther and Captain America, as well as Cinemark Theaters, the Americans will be sporting a Marvel-themed jersey that you can win in the post-game skate and auction. Kids (and adults) can meet real-life superheroes, trade cards, and support their favorite hockey team. 

Veterans Night vs. Kansas City - November 10
On this night, the team and fans will reflect and honor the sacrifices that our nation’s veterans have made. Prior to the game, there will be an annual military hockey game, followed by a pre-game party on the plaza. Both active and retired military members will receive special ticket discounts along with recognition throughout the game.

Jurassic Arena Night vs. Wichita - November 30
Ever been to a hockey game with dinosaurs? Families are welcome to attend the Jurassic-themed event where they can secure player autographs, take pictures with Jurassic Park vehicles and even dress as dinosaurs themselves. 

Nickelodeon Night vs. Wichita - December 1
This special event features the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, presented by Tim Jackson Custom Homes. The Americans will be sporting TMNT-themed jerseys that can be secured during the post-game skate and auction. There will also be a Children’s Health Teddy Bear Toss, where stuffed animals are thrown onto the ice and donated to nearby hospitals. 

Christmas/Seinfeld Night vs. Cincinnati - December 22
The Americans will be sporting their Ugly Christmas jerseys, so you should, too! Plus, you can see the post-game winter wonderland complete with Santa and a live reindeer. Oh, and if you’re a fan of Seinfeld, Festivus will be celebrated in its full glory. 

Star Wars Night vs. Idaho - February 2
One of the biggest nights of the year is the annual Star Wars Night, presented by Access Counseling Group. The Americans will sport a Star Wars-themed jersey that you can secure in the post-game skate and auction. Throughout the night and on the concourse, fans will run into all of their favorite characters from Star Wars. 

Harry Potter Night vs. Reading - February 16
Harry Potter Night doubles as the first alumni game, as fan favorites from the past 10 seasons will once again pull on an Americans sweater and face off.  There will also be a game of Quidditch on ice for all the fans of the wizarding world. 

Pucks and Paws vs. Rapid City - March 3
At Pucks and Paws, presented by Allen Veterinary Hospital, fans are welcome to bring their dogs into the Allen Event Center to help them cheer on the Americans. During the intermission, wiener dogs will take the ice to race across it.

Police vs. Fire vs. Utah - March 23
The Allen Fire and Police departments are bringing their rivalry to the ice this March. During the game, the Americans will be wearing a specialty jersey supporting all first responders. On the concourse, fans can check out vehicles from both departments on display.

Don’t miss the opportunity to support great causes and watch some epic games on the ice. Purchase your tickets today and GO RED.

 

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Home Opener

We’re just a little over a week away from the beginning of the Allen Americans’ 2018 - 2019 season, and this year is especially exciting: it’s their 10th anniversary as a team, which means lots of special events and features for fans.

In honor of their anniversary, BubbleLife talked to the Allen Americans about 10 traditions they share as a team and with their fans. Some of them might surprise you, and others might encourage you to join in their celebration at games this fall.

1. During every game’s second intermission, the fans belt out “Sweet Caroline” by Neil Diamond. If you’re not screaming “so good, so good!” at the top of your lungs, are you even really an Americans fan?

2. Fans religiously dole out fist pumps at games. True fans race to line up and support their favorite players with their fists in the air.

3. When a goal is scored, “Don’t Stop Livin’ in the Red” by Andrew W.K. is always played. The Allen Americans are the only sports team to use this song, which makes it especially powerful for fans and players alike.

4. A team of passionate drummers appears at every game to pump up the crowd. These drummers started organically, creating chants to involve fans and heckle visiting teams, and they make every game feel special.

5. After the four championship years for the Allen Americans, the ice technician saves some of the ice from the championship rink. After, that championship ice is combined with new ice as a reminder of what the team has accomplished.

6. Biscuit the Bulldog is always on his skates with a flag at playoff games. If you want to see the mascot strutting his stuff on the ice, show up before or after any playoff game.

7. Every year the Allen Americans make it to the playoffs, fans “rock their red” in support of their local team. Wearing any other color to a game is simply sacrilegious.

8. To bond as a team and prepare for the season, the Americans always host a triathlon event for the players, Ice Angels, and staff. After all, not all their team experiences take place on the ice.

9. The team uses the same broadcaster at every game. For 10 years, fans have heard Tommy Daniels calling the shots and entertaining the crowds over the loudspeakers.

10. Last but not least, the Allen Americans have made the playoffs a tradition. They’ve made the playoffs for nine years in a row, and this year, they’re aiming to make 10 playoffs in 10 years.

Lend the Allen Americans your support by attending some of their special anniversary events like Jurassic Arena Night or Biscuit's Birthday. You can also back the team by purchasing tickets for their upcoming home games.

As the season begins, BubbleLife will be bringing you more interviews and special features on the Allen Americans. Check back for more from your favorite hockey team next week!

 

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Biscuit's Bully Busters at Story Elementary School.

Did you know that 3.2 million students are bullied each year? The Allen Americans, with the help of their mascot, Biscuit, are aiming to reduce the impact of bullying in schools across Dallas-Fort Worth.

Through Biscuit’s Bully Busters, Biscuit and his crew educate students on the serious subject of bullying, presented in a lighthearted, comedic and fun program. Students learn about common types of bullying, how to avoid being a bully or falling victim to one, and what to do when potential situations for bullying arise.

According to Stacey Thomas, Story Elementary School Counselor, the program entertained students while teaching them the various aspects of bullying. “We had Biscuit’s Bully Busters assembly come visit our school earlier this week and I want to recommend this assembly to others! The students loved seeing Biscuit here on campus,” Thomas said. “The message was clear and the assembly had a lot of student and audience interaction, which was fun. It was short and sweet, which is best for our elementary friends.” 

During the program, Biscuit and the speaker demonstrate the different types of bullying, including:

  • Physical – Bullying that hurts

  • Social – Bullying with words

  • Self-Bullying – Think positively about yourself

  • Online Bullying – Bullying through social media 

In addition, they teach the S.T.I.C.K. lesson:

S – See something say something!

T – Talk it out: If you see a friend being a bully to someone don’t join in, talk them out of a situation.

I – Include Everyone!

C – Compassion: You need to respect everyone and show them compassion.

K – Knowledge: Knowledge is power.

“We cover bullying throughout the year, but definitely emphasize it at the beginning of each year,” Thomas added. “The message went right along with my guidance lessons, as well as our ‘Second Step’ school-wide lessons. Having empathy is crucial and I really enjoyed the acronym ‘STICK’ as the message was key!”

Biscuit and his crew are available for presentations in 30-minute time slots. Please note that a P.A. system and mic are needed.

If you’re interested in hosting Biscuit’s Bully Busters in your school, contact Corey Essman at 972-912-1027 or email Corey@allenamericans.com.

 

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Robert Fatta
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