Allen, the Wild and a 6 Gunn Shooter
Earlier today the Allen Americans announced their new affiliation with the Minnesota Wild. Fans have been patiently awaiting this announcement and the new upcoming Americans season is now set and ready with some major changes, but also with some new excitement.
Tommy Daniels, the voice of the Allen Americans, told northDsports, “It’s an exciting day for the Allen Americans. The Wild have a great tradition in Minnesota. We look forward to seeing some of their young talent in Allen this season.”
Caption Joel Chouinard told northDsports “I’m really excited about our new affiliation with the Minnesota Wild. I was part of their organization a few years ago and I only have good things to say about them. They are very professional and support their players and staff very well. The set up in Des Moines is great and the short distance between there and Allen will make the reassignment/call ups much easier.”
Coach Martinson expects this to be the most competitive camp that Allen has had. He has some of the top rookies in the league coming to Allen. There will also be some changes on defense.
There are many positives with this new affiliation. Due to Coach Martinson’s history with Minnesota, communications between the two entities will be much easier. Martinson feels that Allen’s goalie position is secure and given this affiliation, it is a great opportunity for players to come in through Allen and establish an opportunity to play in the NHL. Martinson also announced today that around 18 players have been signed. “They’re excited about working with us and we’re excited about working with them,” Martinson said. Contract negotiations concluded in a one year deal, which will assure everyone is holding up their end of the bargain, but the Americans feel that this will evolve into a long term relationship.
Matt Canavan, President and GM of the Allen Americans told northDsports, “The Americans are looking for a long term mutually beneficial affiliation and partnership. Coach Martinson’s relationships with the Minnesota and Iowa organizations will prove to be an asset. We are all just excited to get going.”
The Wild was founded on June 25, 1997, but didn’t play in the NHL until the 2000-01 season They were the first NHL franchise in Minnesota since the Minnesota North Stars moved to Dallas in 1993. In the 2002-03 season the Wild made their first Stanley Cup playoff appearance, making a surprising run to the Western Conference Finals and as of 2018, the Wild have averaged a .549 points percentage since entering the league.
“We are excited to announce a new ECHL affiliation agreement with the Allen Americans,” said Minnesota Wild Assistant General Manager and Iowa Wild General Manager Tom Kurvers. “Allen has enjoyed tremendous success in both the CHL and ECHL and we are thrilled to add the Americans as a development affiliate for our players.”
Minnesota had an active appearance at the NHL draft held here in Dallas in June. Filip Johansson was selected twenty-fourth overall by the Minnesota Wild during the first round of the 2018 NHL Draft. Filip was born in Sweden on March 23, 2000 the exact year the Wild started their play in the NHL. “Before I didn’t think I would be drafted in the first round” Johansson said “To be a part of a great organization like Minnesota is great. I think I play a smart game, but I think I can improve my offensive game a little bit.” It’s great to see such a young talent confident, but humble.
In 2018 the Wild made the first round of the 2018 Stanley Cup Playoffs against the Winnipeg Jets, but the Jets defeated the Wild in five games. Going into next season Minnesota has made some changes. Today they announced a 5-year $30 million contract with Matt Dumba. “This is huge for me and my family. I’m thankful to the organization… I’m thrilled. It really hasn’t sunk in yet. I am very appreciative and happy that I’m going to be in the state of hockey for 5 more years,” Dumba said today.
South of St. Paul in Iowa, Minnesota Wild General Manager Paul Fenton announced this week the hiring of Tim Army as the Iowa Wild’s next head coach. Army brings 30 years of coaching experience across the NHL, AHL and NCAA to the Wild. Army joins Iowa from the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins, where he served as an assistant coach during the 2017-18 season. Army also spent six seasons as an assistant coach with the Colorado Avalanche from 2011-2017. Army served as an assistant coach with the Washington Capitals (1997-2002), Mighty Ducks of Anaheim (1993-1997) and Providence College (1987-1993).
It was also announced today that Mike Gunn will be returning to Allen. In an ironic twist the Gunn announcement was on the same day as the gun show at Allen event center. #6 is ready to fire on all chambers next season.
northDsports is excited about the new announcement and will be covering not only the Allen Americans, but our new affiliates, Iowa and Minnesota during the 2018/19 season. Stay with northDsports.com for continued coverage and announcements on the Allen Americans and our new affiliates. It’s going to be a blast!!!
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