Allen, Texas – The two-time Presidents’ Cup Champion Allen Americans announced today that they have made two additions to their Hockey Operations staff for the 2014-2015 season, with the hiring of Head Athletic Trainer, Jaime Garcia and Head Equipment Manager, Rusty Aldridge.
Garcia is originally from Houston, Texas, where he attended the University of Houston and Stephen F. Austin State University. He begins his 6th year in the athletic training field, and his 2nd in a professional hockey setting. He previously worked with the Fort Worth Brahmas of the CHL in 2012-2013. When asked about his thoughts about the upcoming season, he said, “I am anxious to get the season started. Allen has a great coach and staff to work with. I look forward to meeting the new faces on the team and becoming a part of their winning tradition.”
Aldridge was born and raised in Cleburne, Texas, but has been residing in Colorado Springs, Colorado. He has been involved in hockey since he was a stick boy in the early 70’s. He has experience in the ECHL, CHL, WCHL and the NCAA, where he was the Equipment Manager for the Men’s Hockey team at University of Alaska Fairbanks. He previously was involved with the Bakersfield Condors of the ECHL in California before accepting the position here in Texas. This will be Aldridge’s first year with the Americans and he says It’s good to be with a great team that he’s watched for so many years.
When the two were asked about why they chose these careers in hockey, they both agreed that, “It’s not your traditional setting. We get to see new things every day, and that keeps things interesting. We love what we do, it doesn’t feel like a job.”
The Americans open the preseason on Friday, October 17th at 7:05 pm hosting the Tulsa Oilers at Allen Event Center. Individual tickets are on sale now from Ticketmaster.com or by calling 972-912-1000.