Friday, October 18, 2013

Final Roster & New Feature, "Did You Know"

The 2013-2014 Allen Americans team was formally introduced last night at a well attended "Meet The Team" party at Game On Sports Bar and Grill which is a corporate sponsor this year. In addition to the players on the official roster below (courtesy of the Allen Americans) Chad Thibodeau and Peter Cintala were also at the party so not certain what their status is with the team. Phil Fox starts the season on the 10 day injured reserve list. As is the case every year there will be changes to the roster and you can expect changes to begin as early as next week.


No. Name Pos. HT WT Shoots DOB Hometown Club 2012 2013
# 9 Charles Lachance C 6'2" 195 L 7/11/88 Quebec City, PQ U. of Wisconsin Stout (NCHA)
# 11 Phil Fox** RW 5"11 205 R 9/17/85 Stillwater, MN Fort Worth Brahmas (CHL)
# 18 Kale Kerbashian LW 5'11" 200 L 4/7/90 Thunder Bay, ONT Allen Americans (CHL)
# 19 Alex Lavoie C 5'10" 170 R 11/17/92 Anjou, PQ Rimouski Oceanic (QMJHL)
# 22 Jamie Schaafsma C 6'0" 190 R 11/2/83 Chatham, ONT Allen Americans (CHL)
# 26 Spencer Asuchak LW 6'4" 210 L 11/22/91 Kamloops, BC Ontario Reign (ECHL
#27 Darryl Bootland  RW 6'2" 200 R 11/2/81 Bradford, ONT  Allen Americans (CHL)
# 32 Jarret Lukin C 5'11" 185 L 1/24/84 Fort McMurray, ALTA Allen Americans (CHL)
# 39 Corey Tamblyn F 5'11" 182 R 1/24/89 Bobcaygeon, ONT Trenton Titans (ECHL)
# 43 John Snowden RW 6'1" 210 R 1/12/82 Everett, WA Fort Worth Brahmas (CHL)
# 91 Johnathan Lessard LW 6'0" 190 L 2/22/91 St-Eustache, PQ Utah Grizzlies (ECHL)
# 3 Tyler Ludwig  D 6'1"  205 R 5/24/85  Rhinelander, WI  Allen Americans (CHL)
# 6 Mike Berube D 6'1" 215 L 5/20/88 Edmonton, ALTA Allen Americans (CHL)
 # 7 Daniel Tetrault D 6'0" 205 R 9/4/79 Labroquerie, MAN Peoria Rivermen (AHL)
# 24 Trevor Ludwig  D 6'1" 210  L 5/24/85  Rhinelander, WI Allen Americans (CHL)
# 42 Ross Rouleau D 6'0" 180 R 6/29/88 Hancock, MI Fort Worth Brahmas (CHL)
# 71 Trevor Hendrikx D 6'3" 220 R 3/29/85 Russell, ONT Allen Americans (CHL)


No. Name Pos. HT WT Catches DOB Hometown '12'13 club
# 1 Brad Fogal G 5"10' 170 R 6/16/86 Sharon, ONT Fort Worth Brahmas (CHL)
# 29 Bryan Pitton G 6"3 205 L 1/26/88 Brampton, ONT Fife Flyers (EIHL)

#1 Brad Fogal

Brad will be starting his third year as a professional after graduating from Adrian College which is a private liberal arts college southwest of Detroit. Brad played for Fort Worth last year and seemed to always play his best against Allen. His overall GAA was 2.72 and his save percentage was 90.2%. Brad under went shoulder surgery in the off season.

#3 Tyler Ludwig

Tyler returns for his third season with the Americans and fifth year as a professional. He is a graduate of Western Michigan University. He led all defensemen in the CHL last year during the regular season with 40 assists and was second in the league in points with 51.

#6 Mike Berube

Mike returns for his fourth season with the team and fifth year as a professional. A stay at home defenseman who leads by example he will be the captain of the Americans this year.

#7 Daniel Tetrault

A former draft choice of the Montreal Canadiens, Tetrault has a long and storied career in hockey and will be beginning his 14 year as a professional. He decided to play in Allen this year because he had moved to North Texas with his wife, Tabayia, who owns a boutique (La Belle Boutique) in downtown Plano. Daniel has been a captain or alternate captain with most of the teams he has played on so with his experience look for him to provide skill and leadership on and off the ice. Many people don't know it because he speaks perfect English and grew up in Manitoba but French his his first language.

#9 Charles Lachance

A rookie who finished his college career at the University of Wisconsin - Stout last year. He led his team in penalty minutes the last three years. His major was construction management. The professional game should fit his style of play.

#11 Phil Fox

Phil is another one of the Ft. Worth contingent and he is starting his third year as a pro. He had 21 goals last year in 44 games. He starts the season on the10 day injured reserve. A graduate of Northern Michigan University with a degree in physical education and coaching, Phil will be coaching hockey when his playing career is completed.

#18 Kale Kerbashian

Kale starts his first full season with the Americans after arriving mid season last year. He attended the Oklahoma City Barons (AHL) training camp and is a prime candidate for AHL call ups during the season. His six goals and eight assists during the playoffs last year are an indication of the important scoring role he will have with the team this year. Kale is a laid back guy who enjoys Yoga and Tai Chi and feels it has helped him become a better hockey player.

#19 Alex Lavoie

Alex is a rookie who played one game with the Americans during the playoffs last year. A prolific scorer in juniors he is definitely a candidate for CHL rookie of the year. Last year, playing for two different junior teams, Lavoie had 36 goals and 60 assists in 63 games. Lovoie recently attended the Oklahoma City Barons (AHL) training camp. Another player who should have a chance to play some games in the AHL during the year.

#22 Jamie Schaafsma

Jamie is back for his second year with the Americans. He is starting his tenth year as a professional and has played hockey all over the world as a pro and as a member of the Netherlands national team. A proven winner, Jamie has been to the championship finals for the last five years, playing for four different teams. He had 29 goals and 30 assists for the Americans last year in 85 games.

#24 Trevor Ludwig

Trevor starts his seventh professional season and third with the Americans. A former NHL draft choice of the Dallas Stars, he had a total of 9 goals and 24 assists last year before breaking his jaw in the finals against Wichita. An experienced defenseman Trevor has 144 games played at the AHL level. Trevor is a graduate of Providence College.

#26 Spencer Asuchak

Spencer is a rookie who played last year for Mount Royal University.  He played three games for the Ontario Reign in 2011-2012. Prior to last year he had a stellar career playing junior hockey in the Western Hockey League (WHL). He led his team in scoring in the 2011-2012 season. With his height and great reach he might remind some of Bruce Graham on the ice.

#27 Darryl Bootland

Not much to say other than the fan favorite is back along with his beard. Beginning his 12th year as a professional and second with the Americans, Booter (his preferred name) will be looked upon for veteran leadership as an alternate captain. A former draft pick of the Detroit Red Wings, Bootland has 32 NHL games on his resume. He had 51 points (22 goals, 29 assists) during the regular season last year in addition to his on ice leadership. Married to a Texan, Booter has really immersed himself in the community. Might even hear a y'all out of Booter this year.

#29 Bryan Pitton

Bryan starts his sixth year as a professional and has 17 games in the AHL. He has a brother (Jason) who is a forward and will be playing for the Brampton Beast this year. They played together last year in Great Britain for the Fife Flyers. Bryan is a former NHL draft choice of the Edmonton Oilers. His GAA last year was 2.89 and save percentage was 90.7%. He played junior hockey for the Brampton Battalion which was the team that left Brampton this year which the CHL Beast replaced. Bryan will be very familiar with the Powerade Center when the Americans travel to Brampton in early November.

#32 Jarret Lukin

Mr. Allen American returns for his fifth season. Always a fan favorite who was voted the best defensive forward and the best penalty killer in the CHL last year. Jarret is starting his eighth professional season. While lauded for his defensive skills Lukin is a consistent 20 goal scorer in the CHL. Jarret, who has captained this team in the past, will be an alternate captain this year.

#39 Corey Tamblyn

Corey is starting his third year as a professional who split time last year in the SPHL (25 games with the Mississippi Surge) and ECHL (25 games with the Trenton Titan). He is a graduate of Clarkson University (Potsdam, New York). A player who made the team by having a great training camp.

#42 Ross Rouleau

Ross starts his sixth year as a professional and first with the Americans. He was a member of the Ft. Worth Brahmas for the last five years. A real success story,  Ross originally made the Ft. Worth team through an open tryout and through hard work and dedication made it to captain of the team. A great teammate, he will add on and off ice leadership to this team.

#43 John Snowden

Another member of the Fort Worth contingent, John is a goal scorer starting his tenth professional season and first with the Americans. In addition to scoring numerous goals against the Americans last year John had a five goal game against the Arizona Sundogs. He had 42 points (23 goals, 19 assists) in 41 games for Ft. Worth last year. John was recently selected to the hall of fame of his junior team (Lincoln Stars). He and his wife, Janelle, are expecting their second child (a boy) the end of January. The have a two year old boy (Aiden) who John already claims will be a better golfer and hockey player than him. And yes Aiden is already playing golf and skating.

# 71 Trevor Hendrikx

Trevor returns to Allen for the third year having played in Allen last year and also part of the year in the 2001-2012 season.  Another veteran, he is starting his eighth year as a professional. He is a former draft choice of the Columbus Blue Jackets. Trevor has a long relationship with Coach Martinson as he played for him in Elmira (ECHL) in 2007-2008. Hendrikx had a great playoff in the run to the championship with three goals and seven assists including the goal that tied the seventh game in the finals with 2:19 left in the game.

#91 Jonathan Lessard

Jonathan is a combination of grit and skill. He can score goals and will be tough to play against. After his junior career in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL) Lessard played for three different teams in 2012-2013. He started out playing in the rough and tumble LNAH in Quebec. He also played 31 games for two different ECHL teams. Lessard has a great chance to be a vital part of the Americans team. He is buddies with Alex Lavoie as they train together in the off season. This "French Connection" will be a popular duo on and off the ice.

-I am starting a daily feature on the blog called "DID YOU KNOW" which will be little known facts about the team, the players, and the staff. Going to need some help to come up with something every day so please help me out by sharing some "DID YOU KNOWS" with me.

DID YOU KNOW: Garrett Clarke set the single season record last year for most penalty minutes (PIM) with 223 but Steve Martinson exceeded that number seven times in his career including 432 PIMs in 1985-1986 for the Hershey Bears (AHL).

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