Allen, Texas – The Allen Americans, ECHL affiliate of the San Jose Sharks, along with partner Globe Life announce the signing of forward Kyle Neuber and defenseman Jaynen Rissling.
Kyle Neuber, who missed almost all of last season with an injury, is back after playing parts of two seasons with the Americans. Neuber, who is a big body at 6-4 and 250 pound adds toughness to the Allen lineup along with the ability to contribute offensively. He was a former draft pick of the Columbus Blue Jackets in the 2009 NHL Entry Draft. In eight total games for Allen, he has two points and 18 penalty minutes.
“I’m looking forward to get it rolling after a tough year last season from an injury,” said Neuber. “I’m extremely excited to return to such a great organization.”
The Americans also added another key piece to the back end with the addition of blueliner Jaynen Rissling. The former Washington Capitals draft pick in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft, played in 113 games with the Cincinnati Cyclones over the last three seasons. He had 28 points in 66 games last year for Cincinnati. He was tied for the team lead in points from the blue line.
Rissling has five games in the American Hockey League with Milwaukee three seasons ago. The native of Edmonton, Alberta, played his junior hockey with the Calgary Hitmen of the Western Hockey League.
“They’re both imposing players,” said Allen Americans Head Coach Steve Martinson. “Kyle will be really motivated to get back on the ice. Jaynen’s 28 points last season was a breakout year for him. He can contribute offensively as well as be a big presence in front of the net. Both guys we signed are two of the biggest and toughest guys in the 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.