SMU, TCU, UNT & DBU will each compete in inaugural event, presented by FAST SIGNS PLANO
ALLEN, TX, October 12, 2021 – The Allen AMERICANS Professional Hockey Club, ECHL affiliate of the Seattle Kraken, has announced the launch of a new ice hockey event for the region, The AMERICANS COLLEGE CLASSIC starting in November 2021, featuring collegiate club hockey programs from Texas Christian University (TCU), Southern Methodist University (SMU), the University of North Texas (UNT), and Dallas Baptist University (DBU).
“We’re excited to host this multi-game event in our 13th season of professional hockey in Collin County” said AMERICANS President | Governor Mike Waddell. “Part of our mission as an organization is to grow the game of hockey here in North Texas, and we are excited to partner with DBU, UNT, TCU and SMU’s club programs in what we hope is the first of many years of the College Classic.”
The inaugural event is presented, in part, by FAST SIGNS PLANO, which is owned by former AMERICANS Defenseman Nolan Descoteaux who played four seasons of college hockey at Rochester Institute of Technology from 2010 to 2014.
Each game in the College Classic will be paired with an AMERICANS ECHL game, allowing Season Ticket Members (STMs) and walk-up fans to double their hockey value, as seats for one game are usable as admission to the other that day. The first game of the tournament, TCU vs. DBU, will take place on Sunday, November 14, at 12:30 p.m. CT prior to the AMERICANS’ home game against the Kansas City Mavericks. Game #2 is set for Sunday, January 30, 2022, when SMU faces North Texas at 10:30 a.m. CT prior to the AMERICANS’ home game against the Newfoundland Growlers.
The third-place game will take place on Friday, March 4, at 3:30 p.m. CT prior to the AMERICANS game against the Idaho Steelheads. The Championship is set for the following afternoon, Saturday, March 5, at 3:30 p.m. CT.
Tickets for the College Classic are on sale now. Tickets for all 36 AMERICANS regular season home games, starting Saturday, October 23, at 7:05 p.m. against the Wichita Thunder are also on sale now via Ticketmaster, as well as the club’s official website, AllenAmericans.com.
WHAT THE COACHES ARE SAYING ABOUT THE AMERICANS COLLEGE CLASSIC
“The AMERICANS College Classic is a great opportunity to grow awareness of college hockey in Dallas-Fort Worth and showcase the high level of talent within Texas ACHA hockey. The Texas Collegiate Hockey Conference is proud to have two teams, TCU and SMU, in the College Classic, and we wish them the best of luck as they compete against DBU and UNT in what is sure to be a very exciting tournament!”
Michael Authier, TCU Head Coach and Commissioner, Texas Collegiate Hockey Conference
“We are absolutely thrilled to once again partner with the AMERICANS and help grow local college hockey as an opportunity for players to see us as options to pursuing higher education while continuing to play the game we all love.”
Jim DePaolo, Dallas Baptist University Head Coach
“At UNT Hockey, we are incredibly excited to participate in the first-ever AMERICANS College Classic. Our mission is to not only grow the game of hockey at our university, but throughout the DFW area and the state of Texas. College hockey in Texas is reaching new heights, and the Allen AMERICANS have recognized that.”
William Kinard, UNT Club Hockey President
“The AMERICANS College Classic is going to be the next step forward for college hockey in the state of Texas. SMU Hockey is honored to be a part of this tournament and looks to bring the title to The Hilltop! Pony Up!”.
Taylor Isom, SMU Hockey President
About The Allen Americans Professional Hockey Club
The Allen AMERICANS PROFESSIONAL HOCKEY CLUB is a member of the ECHL, the world’s top Double-A hockey league, and is the affiliate of the National Hockey League’s (NHL) Seattle Kraken. The AMERICANS are a year-round interactive lifestyle brand, dedicated to our fans, partners, and the North Texas community. Beyond the sport, ice hockey connects people and improves the quality of life for all who play and watch. Founded in 2009, the club is owned by Jack D. Gulati, known internationally as the “Serial Entrepreneur.” Championship Hockey is the backbone of the franchise, with the Red having captured back-to-back ECHL Kelly Cup Championships in 2014-15 & 2015-16 and two Central Hockey League President’s Cups in 2012-13 & 2013-14. Over the years, more than 323 players have worn the Red Sweater, with 3 AMERICANS having moved up to play in the NHL. AMERICANS home games are played at the Credit Union of Texas Event Center, located in The Village at Allen. Parking is free to all fans, and the team’s official post game parties take place nearby at Bar Louie, featuring players and the World Famous “Allen Ice Angels.”
Tickets for home games are available at AllenAmericans.com/tickets or by calling 972-912-1000.