Thursday, October 3, 2013

More Players Arrive, Training Camp Dates, Open House & Mullins

- Another quick trip to the AEC today and each day you can feel the intensity growing. The team store looks ready to go and has some great new merchandise even though they still have lots of stuff (including jerseys) that won't be here for a while. The ice looks ready to go with the exception of what goes around the center ice face off circle.
Locked & Loaded; Protect & Defend

- More players were added to the mix today as Phil Fox, Jonathan Lessard, Bryan Pitton and Spencer Asuchak joined the guys at the informal skate today.

- In case you missed the training camp schedule here are the times. Remember training camp takes place at the community rink (use community rink doors) unless noted otherwise. All sessions are open to the public.
2013-14 Allen Americans Training Camp Schedule:

Monday, October 7 – Practice 10am-12pm

Tuesday, October 8 – Practice 10am-12pm

Wednesday, October 9 – Practice 10am-12pm

Thursday, October 10 – Practice 10am-12pm

Friday, October 11 – Practice 10:00am-12:00pm

Saturday, October 12Fan Fest and Red White Scrimmage (Allen Event Center) doors open at 2pm

Sunday, October 13 – Off-Ice Workouts Only (Training Camp Ends)

Monday, October 14 – Practice 10am-12pm

Tuesday, October 15 – Practice 10am-12pm

Wednesday, October 16 – Practice 10am-12pm

Thursday, October 17 – Practice 10am-12pm

Friday, October 18 – Practice 10am-12pm (Depart for Wichita after practice)

Saturday October 19th Allen Americans at Wichita Thunder 7:05 pm

Sunday October 20th Wichita Thunder at Allen Americans 4:05 pm

- If you don't make anything else on the schedule above make sure to attend the scrimmage on Saturday, October 12. In addition to the scrimmage there will be a skills challenge that will be fun to watch. 

- Another must attend event for Allen fans  is the open house this Saturday (October 5). While the event goes from 10:00 am - 4:00 pm the key times are as follows:

  Coach Martinson & Coach Matvichuk Address Fans (apprx. 1:30pm)
  Americans Training Camp Roster Player Introductions (apprx. 2:00pm)
  Player Autographs Immediately Following (apprx. 2pm-3pm)
  Free Popcorn, $1 Soda’s & $1 Bottled Water
  Sneak Peek of NEW LOOK Americans Team Store with Sampling of New Items 

- Don't forget tonight at 6:00 pm at the Heritage Ranch clubhouse Erik Adams along with Kale Kerbashian and a mystery guest will be talking all things hockey. Please join us.

- Many long time Allen fans remember Dwight Mullins and the contribution he made to establishing the winning tradition in Allen and his willingness to engage the fans through thick and thin. I came across the press release below where the ECHL is profiling some of their coaches. Mullins is doing a great job in Elmira.

Dwight Mullins was named as the tenth coach in Elmira Jackals team history, and fifth since the club moved to the ECHL, on Sept. 23, 2012. In his first season with the club, he led to the team to 40 wins, the third-most in its ECHL history.

From 2009 to 2012, he was the head coach and general manager of the Central Hockey League's Allen Americans, and built a record of 128-51-17. He took the expansion Americans to the CHL's President's Cup Finals in 2010, and followed that up with a conference-leading 47 wins and a trip to the Berry Conference finals in 2011. In 2011-12, Mullins directed Allen to 39 wins, a second-place conference finish and a playoff berth. In recognition of his success, Mullins was charged with leading the CHL All-Star team in 2011 and 2012. He also finished as runner up for CHL Coach of the Year honors in 2010 and 2011.

Before coaching in Allen, Mullins worked as the head coach of the North American Hockey League's Texas Tornado, coached at the Dallas Stars' NHL player development camp and gained experience as an assistant coach with the Western Professional Hockey League's Fort Worth Brahmas and Western Hockey League's Medicine Hat Tigers.

A native of Calgary, Alberta, Mullins played major junior hockey in the WHL for six seasons. After a 21-goal campaign for Lethbridge in 1984-85 he was selected 90th overall by the Minnesota North Stars in the 1985 NHL Entry Draft. His

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