Monday, July 29, 2013

Americans Bring Back Hendrikx & McKenzie - The Details

Trevor Hendrikx
 The Allen Americans have announced that Trevor Hendrikx and Jim McKenzie will return for the 2013-2014 season. Both players joined the team during the season last year and were a vital part of the championship run. Hendrikx, a hard hitting defenseman was a key part of the power play during the playoffs. He had three goals and seven assists in the playoffs including the goal to tie the game 2-2 in the seventh game of the finals with 2:19 left in the game to set the stage for the dramatic 3-2 overtime win. 
Trevor, who was drafted by the NHL Columbus Blue Jackets twice (2003 & 2005), is 28 years old and will be starting his 8th year as a professional. His relationship with coach Steve Martison goes back a ways as Trevor played for Martinson in Elmira (ECHL) in 2007- 2008.
Hendrikx delivers a check during the Missouri series
A native of Russell, Ontario, Hendrikx twice led Johnstown of the ECHL in penalty minutes with 164 in 2009-10 and 145 in 2008-09.

At the end of the season I asked Trevor what his plans were for the summer and he said, " I will be spending the summer with my girlfriend in Los Angeles (she is a former Big Brother contestant), I'll give my body some time to heal and then start working out but take it slow at first. My golf game is not very good so I don't play much golf. We might take a vacation but nothing planned yet. Anywhere warm with sand and beaches will do."

Jim McKenzie - photo by

  Minnesota native Jim McKenzie returns to Allen for the third season. He came back to Allen last year in February after spending the early part of the season in the ECHL.  Like Hendrikx, Jim goes back a ways with coach Steve Martinson as he was also on the 2007-2008 Elmira team.
 Jim had six goals (tied for 2nd on the team) and seven assists during the championship playoff run.  The CHL championship ring that Jim will receive will go nicely with the NCAA hockey championship he won in 2007 as a member of the Michigan State Spartans hockey team. Jim, who was drafted by the Ottawa Senators in the 5th round of the 2005 NHL draft will be starting his seventh year as a professional.
Jim played in 54 games for the Americans in the 2011-2012 season, scoring 20 goals with 24 assists for 44 points, while racking up 168 penalty minutes and was a plus 17.

“Jim had a very strong season in 2011-2012 for Allen,” said Americans Head Coach Steve Martinson. He finished fourth on the team in scoring as well as provided leadership. He will give us additional speed at forward this year.”

Here is the official release courtesy of the Allen Americans:

Jim McKenzie and Trevor Hendrikx re-sign with the Americans

Allen, Texas – The Allen Americans of the Central Hockey League announced the signing today of forward Jim McKenzie, and defenseman Trevor Hendrikx, to contracts for the 2013-2014 season.

Hendrikx and McKenzie are back for a third stint with the Americans. Both were a part of the 2011-2012 season, as well as the latter part of 2013. Hendrikx came to Allen last year, after playing the first half of the year in the ECHL. McKenzie rejoined the Americans after spending part of last season in Evansville of the ECHL.

McKenzie had a big post-season for Allen, scoring six goals and seven assists, for 13 points in 19 playoff games on the Americans' championship run.

Hendrikx scored two of the biggest goals in Allen Americans history, scoring a game winner and game-tying goal this past post season. The game-tying goal came in Game 7 of the CHL finals, in Allen’s 3-2 win over the Wichita Thunder.

“These are big, physical, experienced players that helped us win a championship this year,” said Allen Americans Head Coach Steve Martinson.

The Allen Americans will open their fifth training camp this October at Allen Event Center. Allen opens the regular season on Saturday October 19th in Wichita.  

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