Allen, Texas – The Allen Americans, ECHL affiliate of the San Jose Sharks, added their first defenseman this off-season with the signing of Joel Chouinard to a contract for the 2016-2017 season.
“Joel was one of the top defensemen on a great team last season”, said Head Coach Steve Martinson. “He’s really solid at both ends of the ice.”
Joel Chouinard is a 6’1, 190 lb. native of Sherbrooke, PQ. He turned 26 years old on April 8th and becomes the third veteran player, (260 games) the Americans have signed this off-season (Chad Costello & Gary Steffes). He spent the majority of last season with the Toledo Walleye, where in 49 games he tallied 7 goals and 21 assists for 28 points.
“I’m so thrilled to be playing for such a great team,” said Chouinard. “I can’t wait to get things started in October and begin our quest to make it five in a row.”
He was drafted by the Colorado Avalanche in the sixth round of the 2008 NHL Entry Draft. He has appeared in over 200 American Hockey League games, (204), including ten games last year with both the Grand Rapids Griffins and Chicago Wolves.
Chouinard played against the Allen Americans in the 2013 Presidents’ Cup playoffs, while a member of the Denver Cutthroats.
The Americans will raise their second straight Kelly Cup Banner on Saturday, October 15th when the Missouri Mavericks make their first appearance of the season. Season Tickets are on sale NOW at www.allenamericans.com or call 972-912-1000.