Photo – Tim Broussard

Allen, Texas – The Allen Americans, ECHL affiliate of the Seattle Kraken (NHL), announced today that defenseman Nolan Kneen, has been signed to a Professional Tryout Contract by the Charlotte Checkers (AHL).

Nolan Kneen is in his second season of professional hockey with the Americans. In 15 games this year Kneen has nine points (3 goals and 6 assists). He is eighth on the team in scoring.

The 5-foot-11 and 185-pound blueliner played in 25 games last season for the Americans before suffering a season-ending injury.

Kneen played his junior hockey in the Western Hockey League with both Kamloops and Saskatoon. He had 40 points in 61 games with the Blades (Saskatoon) in his final year of juniors.

He joins both Ryan Lohin and Luke Henman on the Checkers roster. The Americans return to action on Friday night at home against the Tulsa Oilers.

  About the Allen AMERICANS

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.

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.

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