Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Training Camp News - New Players Arrive and Others Are Released - The Details

The first ten days of training camp each year always has a lot of roster changes but this season has been full of surprises for Allen Americans fans. One player was at the meet and greet the Saturday before the first day of camp and never made it to the first on ice practice. Before you can put a name to a face they are gone. You definitely need a roster list every time you attend practice and that will certainly be the case this week as the roster is trimmed down to the final roster which is due Wednesday at 3:00 p.m. Eastern time. To complicate matters there are players being assigned by San Jose which will strengthen the team but require additional players to be released. Throw in a surprise like the Trevor Ludwig trade and you can see the wisdom of not writing any feature stories until the roster is set and even then there will be many roster changes after the season begins.

So far four players have been released. Max Cook was released prior to the preseason game in Wichita. Three players that played in the preseason game in Wichita were officially released yesterday, forwards Tyler Stothers and Mike Colavecchia as well as defenseman Jacob Poe. These moves has gotten coach Martinson close to the final roster depending how many players he wants to carry to open the season. Remember, he can have an active roster of 21 players for the first month of the season and then it goes to 20. In, addition he can place two players on reserve and an unlimited number of players on injured reserve which requires them to be sidelined for a minimum of 21 days. 

With that being said there are four players that have been added to the Allen roster in the last few days that are expected to be key contributors as the season gets underway. Danny Federico, Rick Pinkston, and Danny Doremus were assigned to Allen by San Jose and Tristan King was acquired from the Missouri Mavericks in the Trevor Ludwig trade. The San Jose contracted players could be recalled by the Barracuda at any time but since they should be in the line up for the opener on Friday wanted to do a quick player profile on them along with Tristan King. Here is a little background on each of the players with their statistics courtesy of hockeydb.

Daniel Doremus

Born Oct 22 1991 -- Aspen, CO
[23 yrs. ago]
Height 6.00 -- Weight 200
Danny Doremus

Daniel, who goes by Danny, is a power forward who was raised in Aspen, Colorado. His parents who became high school sweethearts were both born in Aspen. Danny played his youth hockey in Aspen, took advantage of his father's European travels to spend his freshman year of high school playing hockey in Switzerland and then played high school hockey back in Aspen. He then moved on to play junior hockey in Denver and Sioux Falls (USHL) before attending the University of Denver (DU) where he was a management major. In 2013-14 he was an academic all conference player and also helped lead his team to the conference championship and a NCAA berth. As a senior he was chosen as an alternate captain of the team and helped lead DU to a quarterfinal appearance in the NCAA tournament.  He signed with San Jose in April, 2015 after his collegiate eligibility was complete and played five games with the Worcester Sharks at the end of last season. Danny has four brothers including twin brothers that are younger than him and are hockey players. His off ice interests include skiing, golf, biking, fishing, camping and traveling.

Regular Season Playoffs
Season Team Lge GP G A Pts PIM +/- GP G A Pts PIM
2009-10 Tri-City Storm USHL 3 0 0 0 2 0----------
2010-11 Sioux Falls Stampede USHL 57 19 16 35 20 20 10 2 9 11 8
2011-12 U. of Denver WCHA 38 4 4 8 14  

2012-13 U. of Denver WCHA 39 12 12 24 29  

2013-14 U. of Denver NCHC 42 9 15 24 28  

2014-15 U. of Denver NCHC 39 11 23 34 36 24

2014-15 Worcester Sharks AHL 5 0 0 0 2 -1 ----------

Danny Federico

Defense -- shoots L
Born Jun 3 1992 -- Acton, MA
[23 yrs. ago]
Height 6.01 -- Weight 205
Danny Federico
 Danny Federico is a defensive defensman who is from Acton, MA and played his junior hockey for the Boston Junior Bruins of the Eastern Junior Hockey League (EJHL). In 2009-10 he was the Defensive Player of the Year for the Junior Bruins. Danny attended Quinnipiac University where he skated for four seasons from 2011-15. As a senior, Federico was co-captain of the team, was a candidate for the leagues Best Defensive Defenseman Award and helped lead the team to their third consecutive appearance in the NCAA tournament. He was tied for the league lead in plus minus with a +19. He also led his team in plus/minus as a sophomore and junior. An outstanding student who was named to the league's All-Academic Team, Danny majored in Finance and may pursue a law career after his playing days are over. Danny was just signed to an AHL/ECHL two way contract by the San Jose Barracuda and loaned to Allen.

Regular Season Playoffs
Season Team Lge GP G A Pts PIM +/- GP G A Pts PIM
2008-09 Boston Jr. Bruins EJHL 44 1 8 9 14  

2009-10 Boston Jr. Bruins EJHL 44 2 25 27 14  

2010-11 Boston Jr. Bruins EJHL 45 4 28 32 26  

2011-12 Quinnipiac University ECAC 16 0 2 2 4  

2012-13 Quinnipiac University ECAC 42 0 11 11 26  

2013-14 Quinnipiac University ECAC 36 1 13 14 6  

2014-15 Quinnipiac University ECAC 38 2 9 11 36 4


Tristan King

Center -- shoots R
Born Nov 7 1990 -- Minneapolis, MN
[24 yrs. ago]
Height 6.00 -- Weight 170
Tristan King
Tristan is a talented center originally from Elk River, Minnesota who went the major junior hockey route playing four years in the Western Hockey League. He was signed by the Dallas Stars to a three year entry level contract in 2009 and made his professional debut in 2010-11 playing 11 games for the Texas Stars (AHL). He is now in his sixth professional season. King played for the Ontario Reign last season and had a great playoff with 17 points (7 goals 10 assists) in 17 games. Tristan was acquired by Missouri in the off season as part of a future considerations trade that Missouri had made with Ontario when they sent a player to Ontario late last season. Missouri then traded King to Allen for Trevor Ludwig. King has bounced around the ECHL having been with seven different teams in six seasons. If you look at his resume he looks like a player that needs a fresh start and an opportunity to prove himself. Steve Martison's system may be just the ticket for King to have a career year. It certainly has happened to many other players when they play in Allen.
Regular Season Playoffs
Season Team Lge GP G A Pts PIM +/- GP G A Pts PIM
2006-07 Portland Winter Hawks WHL 64 6 9 15 26 -24 ----------
2007-08 Portland Winter Hawks WHL 69 9 16 25 39 -37 ----------
2008-09 Medicine Hat Tigers WHL 47 14 22 36 33 9 2 0 0 0 0
2009-10 Medicine Hat Tigers WHL 70 21 44 65 65 8 12 3 3 6 12
2010-11 Texas Stars AHL 11 2 2 4 6 -1 ----------
2010-11 Idaho Steelheads ECHL 24 3 10 13 13 -4 6 2 1 3 0
2011-12 Idaho Steelheads ECHL 4 1 0 1 2 -1 ----------
2011-12 Greenville Road Warriors ECHL 1 0 0 0 0 0----------
2011-12 Ontario Reign ECHL 45 17 24 41 38 6 3 0 2 2 2
2012-13 Idaho Steelheads ECHL 35 18 19 37 30 8 ----------
2012-13 San Francisco Bulls ECHL 17 4 4 8 6 -7 2 0 0 0 0
2013-14 Fort Wayne Komets ECHL 12 1 0 1 2 -12 ----------
2013-14 Evansville Icemen ECHL 32 11 10 21 18 -2 ----------
2014-15 Ontario Reign ECHL 42 6 27 33 21 11 17 7 10 17 6

Rick Pinkston

Defense -- shoots L
Born Oct 4 1990 -- Trenton, MI
[25 yrs. ago]
Height 6.01 -- Weight 205
Rick Pinkston
 Rick Pinkston is a defenseman from Trenton,  Michigan who played three years for the Tri-City Storm of the USHL where he was the captain of the team in his final season and was also an All-Star. He then spent four years at Dartmouth College (2011-15). Pinkston played six games for the Springfield Falcons (AHL) at the end of last season after wrapping up four years at Dartmouth. Rick completed his senior year by finishing first on his team in plus/minus (+14) in 28 games while setting career highs in both points (13) and assists (9). He signed a two-way AHL/ECHL contract with the San Jose Barracuda at the end of August and participated in San Jose's NHL and AHL training camps. While Pinkston has some offensive skill look for him to primarily be a defensive defenseman who was one of his team's top penalty killers in college and he is an excellent shot blocker. His college coach said of Rick, "He brings a lot of stability and consistency to our line up."

Regular Season Playoffs
Season Team Lge GP G A Pts PIM +/- GP G A Pts PIM
2008-09 Tri-City Storm USHL 37 2 3 5 52 -29 ----------
2009-10 Tri-City Storm USHL 55 2 10 12 123 3 3 0 1 1 4
2010-11 Tri-City Storm USHL 55 5 18 23 96 -4 ----------
2011-12 Dartmouth College ECAC 24 1 6 7 24  

2012-13 Dartmouth College ECAC 33 4 4 8 38  

2013-14 Dartmouth College ECAC 32 2 4 6 38  

2014-15 Dartmouth College ECAC 28 4 9 13 26 14

2014-15 Springfield Falcons AHL 6 0 1 1 2   ----------
- The Allen Americans Fan Club asked me to remind everyone in the DFW area that they are having a meeting tonight (Tuesday) at 5th Street Pizza which is located at 111 Central Expressway, Suite 102 in Allen (in the Stacey furniture building). The meeting starts at 7:00 p.m. All members are encouraged to attend and if you are not a member, come out and see what the fan club is all about. The fan club was responsible for all of the training camp breakfasts for the team again this year and did a great job.

- Best of luck to Trevor Ludwig as he heads to Alaska to meet up with his Missouri teammates for their regular season opening games on Friday, Saturday and Sunday against the Alaska Aces. Trevor was always kind to this blog and willing to answer all of the questions posed to him no matter how crazy they were. And his answers were always thoughtful and complete. It has to be difficult to make this move for Trevor, Holly and the baby but they are headed to a great situation in Missouri. Always a class act, Trevor posted the following to social media last night:
"I want to thank the Allen Americans for the last four years. My family and I were extremely fortunate to have been part of three championships. We met and became friends with some really great people from our time spent with the team. I'll never forget the amazing fans, diligent office staff, and incredible teammates. We are on to a new adventure with the Missouri Mavericks. My blood has turned orange."
DID YOU KNOW: Danny Federico and Rick Pinkston both played in the Eastern Collegiate Athletic Association (ECAC) which has produced two of the last three NCAA national champions including in 2013 when Federico's Quinnipiac Bobcats lost in the final to another ECAC team, Yale.

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