AMERICANS BRING BACK REIGNING ECHL GOALIE OF THE YEAR
June 23rd, 2017 by Tommy Daniels
Allen, Texas – The Allen Americans are proud to announce today that the club has signed the ECHL Goaltender of the Year, Riley Gill to a new deal.
Gill is back for a fourth season between the pipes with the Americans, winning two Kelly Cup titles in his three seasons in North Texas. He is the all-time leader in wins with 78, including two 30-plus win seasons.
“Having the number one goalie in the league return is a great start on the roster for next season,” said Allen Americans Head Coach Steve Martinson.
Gill finished with the best save percentage last season at .935 and second overall in the league in both wins (32) and goals-against average (2.22). He is a former Kelly Cup Playoffs MVP with Reading back in the 2014 playoffs.
“I’m excited for another season, especially after the successful season I had last year,” said Gill. “I’m looking forward to another chance to win a championship for a great hockey club in Allen.”
The native of Northfield, Minnesota played his college hockey at Western Michigan University, where he was a teammate of former Allen defenseman, Tyler Ludwig. He played his junior hockey in the state of Texas with the former Texarkana Bandits of the North American Hockey League.
The Americans open the regular season on Friday, October 13th in Rapid City, with the home opener on Saturday, October 21st against Orlando. Click here for the complete 2017-2018 schedule.
About the Americans
The Allen Americans play in the ECHL, the premiere AA hockey league in North America. The Americans were established in 2009 and have won four AA championships in eight full seasons of minor pro hockey. In those eight seasons, Allen has qualified for the playoffs every year with five trips to the league finals. Allen will enter its fourth season in the ECHL this October, after playing five years in the now defunct Central Hockey League.