The Allen Americans Professional Hockey Team recently announced immediate additions to its ownership and management.
Mike Modano, considered the greatest American-born hockey player, along with former Dallas Stars, Stanley Cup winning teammates Ed Belfour, Richard Matvichuk, and Craig Ludwig have all been added to the Allen Americans organization. Modano, Belfour and Ludwig have partnered as minority owners with current majority owner Doug Miller, owner Steve Duchesne, and minority partner and Team President, Matt Canavan. Richard Matvichuk will join the Americans in a hockey operations role.
In addition, the Allen Americans announced today that Head Coach and General Manager Dwight Mullins along with Associate Coach Bill McDonald will not be retained for the 2012-2013 season.
“This was a tough decision but one we feel was necessary,” said Allen Americans Owner Doug Miller. “I would like to thank Dwight Mullins and Bill McDonald for their hard work and efforts over the past three seasons. They were instrumental in helping launch and establish our franchise. On behalf of the Allen Americans organization, I would like to thank them and wish them the best.”
“Looking ahead to the new season, I am excited to have such a great group of former NHLers joining our staff. They will help take us to the next level in all aspects of the organization including hockey and business operations,” said Doug Miller. “The group will begin immediately and one of their first tasks will be to identify and hire a coaching staff to build a championship team for the 2012-2013 season.”
“This is a great day for the City of Allen and the game of hockey in our community,” said City of Allen Mayor, Stephen Terrell. “On behalf of the citizens of this community, I would like to welcome Mike Modano, Ed Belfour, Richard Matvichuk and Craig Ludwig to our great city.”
The Allen Americans will begin their fourth season in the Central Hockey League this October. The Americans achieved success early on with the franchise by making a trip to the President’s Cup Finals in 2009-2010. The team owned the best regular season record in the 2010-2011 season winning the Governor’s Cup Trophy. This past season, Allen finished tied for the second most points in the league with 87 and earned a playoff berth.
Season tickets for the 2012-2013 season are on sale now.