Allen, Texas – The Allen Americans, ECHL affiliate of the San Jose Sharks, announced today that the team has signed defenseman Joel Chouinard for the 2017-2018 season.
Joel Chouinard joined the Americans as a free agent in 2016-2017, after spending the previous two years with Toledo. In 72 games last year with Allen, he had 44 points (10 goals and 34 assists).
“I’m very excited to be back for another year with the Americans,” said Chouinard. “We have some unfinished business from last season and I’m looking forward to being a part of another great team that has the opportunity to win it all.”
In seven professional seasons, he has 204 games of service in the American Hockey League, with several teams; the majority with the former Lake Erie Monsters (now Cleveland Monsters,) where he played in 98 AHL games.
Chouinard had his best offensive season as a pro with Allen last year, as well as being named the ECHL Plus Performer of the Year, finishing with a league-best +47.
“He’s one of the best overall defenseman in the league,” said Americans Head Coach Steve Martinson “His conditioning allows him to play half the game if needed.”
The native of Sherbrooke, PQ, now makes his home in the Dallas area. He was a former sixth-round draft pick of the Colorado Avalanche, going 167th overall in the 2008 NHL Entry Draft. Chouinard is the second player announced by Allen this summer, following the announcement of Riley Gill last week.
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.