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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