Allen, Texas – The Allen Americans, ECHL affiliate of the San Jose Sharks, and Owner Jack Gulati announced today that the club has added American Hockey League legend Doug Yingst to the Executive team in Allen.
Doug is a two-time winner of the James C. Hendy Memorial Award, which is awarded annually to the executive who has made the most outstanding contribution to the American Hockey League. During his tenure in Hershey, the Bears recorded the best five-year run in AHL history, winning three titles and advancing to a fourth final between 2005–06 and 2009–10. The Bears posted an AHL record 60 wins in 2009-2010
“I’m excited for this opportunity to be a part of the Allen Americans,” said Yingst. “Over the last several months, I’ve spent a considerable amount of time talking with Mr. Gulati and Mr. Melcher about joining the Gulati Sports Group in a capacity that would be beneficial for everyone, and I’m thrilled we were able to find a role that that fits. I have known Americans Head Coach Steve Martinson for a long time and look forward to working with him. He is one of the best coaches and recruiters in hockey.”
Yingst, who began his professional hockey career with the Hershey Bears in 1982, served as the organization’s president and general manager from 1998 through 2016. During that time period, Hershey claimed the American Hockey League’s Calder Cup Championship four times, tying an AHL record jointly held by several people, including Frank Mathers with whom Yingst worked in Hershey for a number of seasons. Yingst was inducted into the AHL Hall of Fame in 2017.
“I’ve known Doug Yingst since my playing days with the Hershey Bears,” said Americans Head Coach Steve Martinson. “I really look forward to working with Doug again. “
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.