In a move that wasn't a surprise to most that follow the Allen Americans closely Coach Martinson made a change in goalies yesterday by bringing in a new goalie and releasing Brad Fogal. Bryan Pitton's play over the weekend was probably the deciding factor in which goalie was released. Maybe some would see this as unfair however keep in mind both goalies had ample opportunity to prove themselves during training camp. The new goalie will be announced today (I have been asked not to release the name but it will be a familiar name to CHL fans).
As the championship rings were being presented on Sunday I started thinking about all of the players that weren't in attendance and what has happened to them in the short seven months since Allen won the championship. With the team getting a well deserved day off on Monday I decided to put together a list of the players from last year and where they are today.
Drew Daniels - after working on his degree this summer (he left school early to turn pro) at Northeastern University Drew signed with the Cincinnati Cyclones (ECHL). Cincinnati has played one game which they won and Drew had an assist. Drew is listed as playing defense.
Adam Pineault - Adam signed with the Utah Grizzlies (ECHL) in the off season and was selected as an alternate captain of the team. He is wearing #10 this year and has two assists in the first two games as Utah is 1-1.
Mike Montgomery - Mike decided not to play hockey this year and is living in Minneapolis-St. Paul.
Jim McKenzie - Jim is playing for the Quad City Mallards (CHL) and had two goals in the opening game. Quad City is 0-1. Jim is still wearing #25.
Garrett Clarke - Garrett signed with the Toledo Walleye (ECHL) in the off season and was released during training camp. He is back home in New Brunswick and tells me he has something in the works that he may be able to share this week.
Brian McMillin - Brian signed with the Coventry Blaze in England (EIHL). He has six points (0 goals 6 assists) in 13 games. His team has struggled recently losing their last five games. Brian is still wearing #9.
Anthony Maiani - Anthony signed with the Kalamazoo Wings (ECHL) in the off season and was released during training camp. He has gone home to Michigan to contemplate his future and look for opportunities outside of hockey. Hope see him back in the league.
Aaron Dell - Aaron signed with the Utah Grizzlies (ECHL) and was called up to Utah's AHL affiliate (Norfolk Admirals) before the season started because of injury. He has been with the Admirals for two games but has not played.
Ryley Grantham - Ryley was signed by the Allen Americans in the off season but is currently on a 25 game professional try out (PTO) contract with the Springfield Falcons (AHL). Ryley did not play in the Falcons first four games but played Saturday and had an assist, a fight and he was a +1. Springfield has started the season with five straight wins.
Brett Skinner - Brett recently signed with the Norfolk Admirals (AHL) and has played in four games and has one assist.
Todd Robinson - Todd signed with the Tulsa Oilers (CHL) in the off season. Tulsa lost two games over the weekend to Denver. Todd had a goal and an assist. Todd is wearing #19.
Scott Howes - Scott is playing in the Austrian league for a team from Slovenia. Former Allen player Judd Blackwater (2010-2011) is a teammate. Scott has played in only four of fourteen games and has two goals and two assists. His team is in last place in the league. Maybe Scott will be a candidate for returning to Allen for the playoffs.
Corbin Baldwin - Corbin is signed with the Iowa Wild (AHL). He has played in three of four Iowa games, has no points and one fight.
Steve Silverthorn - Steve has retired and is living in the Boston area.
Bryce Aneloski - Bryce is signed with the Orlando Solar Bears (ECHL) and has played in one of the Solar Bears two games and has no points. Orlando is 0-2.
Alex Penner - Alex is playing in the LNAH Quebec League and yes he had a fight in his first game.
Chris Doyle - Chris was injured during the summer and is rehabbing at home in Thunder Bay. His future with the Americans is unknown.
Nino Musitelli - Nino is out of hockey and living in Michigan.
Kip Brennan - Have heard from several people Kip signed with a team in Finland but cannot confirm that on any hockey web site.
DID YOU KNOW: According to a Tulsa Oilers release Todd Robinson will be playing in his 900th minor pro hockey game when Tulsa has its home opener on Saturday. Todd has the most famous goal in Americans history and yet only played in five regular season and 19 playoff games for Allen.