On March 9, 2019, Allen Americans Coach Steve Martinson achieved something momentous. The team’s defeat of the Tulsa Oilers marked his 1,000th win in pro hockey.
Martinson is only the third coach in all of pro hockey history to achieve such a high number of wins. Earlier this year, he joined the ranks of NHL Hall of Famer Scotty Bowman and ECHL Hall of Famer John Brophy. He’s also the first American-born coach to win a thousand games.
"To be honest, I had no idea I was the first U.S.-born coach to reach 1,000 wins until our broadcaster, Tommy Daniels, told me,” Coach Martinson said. “It was a nice celebration and I was surprised at how many people reached out to me."
After multiple decades of playing on and coaching professional hockey teams, Martinson has earned his place in the sport’s history. He’s played on 14 different teams over the course of 14 seasons, which has given him a unique and driven perspective on the game. He has also coached in four different leagues and won championships in every single one.
“Winning my 1,000th means I've been around the game for a long time,” Coach Martinson said. "In order to win, you have to have good players around you. I've been fortunate to have good players in all my stops."
Despite this huge success, Martinson isn’t ready to back down. After a not-so-stellar season, he’s preparing the team to come back with renewed energy and skills next season. His career is nowhere near done, and the Allen Americans are sure to benefit from his experience and passion over the next year.
If you’ve stood behind the Allen Americans with season tickets, there’s still time to renew your tickets for the 2019-2020 season! Don’t miss a minute of the action and watch as Martinson adds to his impressive number of wins. Monthly payments for the coming season’s tickets start as low as $39.
Learn more about Coach Martinson, the team and upcoming events by visiting allenamericans.com.
*Article sponsored by the Allen Americans