Allen, Texas – The Allen Americans, ECHL affiliate of the Seattle Kraken (NHL), open a three-game series against the Rapid City Rush, starting tonight in the Black Hills of South Dakota.

The Americans added two forwards to the roster yesterday, acquired from the Worcester Railers.

Tyler Poulsen returns to the Americans. He played in two games with Allen back in the 2017-2018 season. The resident of Arvada, Colorado, is a 5-foot-9 forward. He has 55 career points in the ECHL. He played in 12 games with the Railers over the last two seasons.

J.D. Dudek is a former NHL Draft Pick of the New Jersey Devils in the 2014 Entry Draft. In 27 games with Worcester last season, he had 12 points (2 goals and 12 assists). The Derry, NH, resident played four years at Boston College from 2015-2018 (H-East).

The Americans enter tonight’s game against Rapid City on a four-game losing streak. The team will be minus three players on the Commissioner’s Exempt List.  The team will play with 13 skaters tonight and two goalies.

“We have a challenge tonight,” said Americans forward Jack Combs, who will be filling in for Head Coach Steve Martinson, who is out this week after testing positive for Covid. “The guys are in good spirits and ready to get this series going.”

Game time is set for 8:05 pm tonight from the Rushmore Civic Center. Pregame show is at 7:30 pm.

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.

Tickets for home games at the Credit Union of Texas Event Center are available at or by calling 972-912-1000.