Allen, Texas – The Allen Americans, ECHL affiliate of the San Jose Sharks, and Head Coach Steve Martinson announced today that the club has named defenseman Joel Chouinard team captain for the 2017-2018 season.
He becomes the eighth captain in Allen team history, joining Jarret Lukin (2009-2010), Tobias Whelan (2010- 2011), Jason Deitsch for two seasons (2011-2012 & 2012-2013), Mike Berube (2013-2014), Jamie Schaafsma (2014-2015) and Chad Costello & Gary Steffes (co-captains 2015-2016 and 2016-2017).
“I am beyond excited to be given this great opportunity to be captain of the Allen Americans,” said Chouinard. “It will be an honor to wear the C because so many great players in this organization have worn it before me. I’m really excited about the team Marty has put together again this year and I can’t wait for October.”
The native of Sherbrooke, PQ, now residing in Dallas, is in his second season with the Americans. He put up his best offensive numbers as a professional last year, with 10 goals and 34 assists for 44 points.
“This is what comes to mind when I the think of Joel, said Steve Martinson. “He does everything right. He’s in top shape always the hardest worker. Team first and a great player.”
Chouinard led all players in plus/minus last season with a plus 47 and was named the ECHL Plus Performer of the Year. He will start his eighth professional season this October.