Allen, Texas – The Allen Americans, ECHL affiliate of the San Jose Sharks, announced today that the club is bringing back forward Jonathan Lessard for the 2017-2018 season.
Jonathan Lessard returns to Allen after playing last year in Europe for Angers in France, where he was fourth on the team in scoring with 27 points in 40 games, only five points behind the team’s leading scorer. He was a teammate in France of former Americans defenseman, Trevor Hendrikx.
“I’m really happy to be back in Allen,” said Lessard. “I never forgot about the championship we won a few years back with the great fans in Allen by our side all the way. I want nothing more than to help deliver another championship to Allen this year, and I’ll do everything I can to contribute and help make that happen. I can’t wait for October.”
Lessard led the Americans in scoring with 57 points in 62 games in his only year in Allen during the 2013-2014 season. He was a part of the Americans first Presidents’ Cup Championship team in the former Central Hockey League.
He has 142 games in the ECHL with four different teams; Norfolk, Bakersfield, Utah and San Francisco. He last played in the ECHL in the 2015-2016 season with Norfolk, scoring 14 goals and 11 assists for 25 points in 51 games.
“Jonathan Lessard led our 2014 championship team in goals,” said Allen Americans Head Coach Steve Martinson. “He’s fast, tough and well liked in the locker room.”
The native of St-Eustache, PQ played his major junior hockey in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League with the Drummondville Voltigeurs and Acadie-Bathurst Titan. His best year in juniors came in 2010-2011, where he had 66 points in 62 games.
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.