Thursday, August 1, 2013

Meet & Greet, Kerbashian, Bonk, & More

For those of you in the North Texas area longing for hockey season to start make sure to stop by the team store Saturday as you will get to meet Daniel Tetrault, hear first hand a player signing, talk to staff and talk Allen Americans with other fans about the upcoming season. Might even see other players at the event. Here is the email put out by the Americans with the details. Hope to see you on Saturday.
Allen, Texas – The defending Presidents' Cup Champion, Allen Americans will host a meet & greet this Saturday, August 3rd, from 10-2 at the Allen Americans Team Store at Allen Event Center.
Come by the arena and meet new Allen Americans defenseman, Daniel Tetrault, who will be signing autographs at the store from 12 to 1 pm. as well as pick out your seats for the 2013-2014 season.
Tetrault joins the Allen Americans roster after playing last season in the ECHL for the Evansville Icemen, scoring 14 goals with 24 assists for 38 points in 68 games. Tetrault is a former 4th round draft pick of the Montreal Canadians, 91st overall in the 1997 NHL Entry Draft. Daniel who is a native of  La Broquerie, Manitoba, will turn 34 years of age on September 4th.
The Americans will also have a special player announcement this Saturday at 1:00 pm. So come by and join in the fun, while picking out your seats for the exciting upcoming season.
Allen Americans Season Tickets are on sale NOW by calling 972-912-1000 or dropping by the Allen Event Center at 200 East Stacy Road in Allen.

- Former Allen Americans player Dave Bonk (2010-2011) is returning to Japan (Asia League) for his third season. Dave plays for the Nikko Icebucks and is always one of the top scorers in the league. While the league is headquartered in Japan there are also teams in China and South Korea. Bonk had 58 points in the 47 games he played for Allen in 2010-2011 and ranks fifth all time in points scored per game at 1.23.

- According to his agent Kale Kerbashian has been invited to the AHL training camp of the Oklahoma City Barons. Since his agent has also hinted about Kale signing with the Americans (this is just rumor as nothing has been announced by the team) maybe at long last the Americans will have some kind of relationship with Oklahoma City. Wishful thinking on my part. Will have to wait and see what happens.

- I have had several questions about the number of veterans the Americans have signed and what that means going forward. As a reminder, under the current collective bargaining agreement, the team can have six veterans (excluding goalies) as long as one of the veterans is a returning vet from the prior year. Of the players already announced five are veterans (Bootland, Snowden, Tetrault, Hendrikx, & McKenzie) according to games played on hockeydb. This only leaves one slot remaining and several veterans in the mix to be signed. The obvious one is Jarret Lukin the all time leader in games played with 278 including regular season and playoffs. There has been all kinds of social media activity saying Alex Bourret is signing with the Americans (not confirmed by the team) and Alex recently tweeted he is a veteran this year. Adam Pineault is also a veteran but it looks like the decisions that have already been made on veterans and right wing would indicate Adam would not return.

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