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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.