Photo – Ken Hatley

Allen, Texas -The Allen Americans, ECHL affiliate of the San Jose Sharks, announced today the club will begin a new era of Americans Hockey this summer with the help of our growing fan base.

After eight great seasons of minor professional hockey in Allen, the Americans are looking to attract new fans and grow their footprint in DFW. New owner, Jack Gulati has big visions for this great team. Those visions include keeping the team in Allen, Texas at Allen Event Center, but letting fans know that this is truly a Dallas-Fort Worth sports team.

“I bought this team in February knowing that DFW has a robust economy that continues to grow. The team on the ice, the in-game experience and beautiful venue speak for itself. I feel that with time, support, and an action plan, we can fill the Allen Event Center each and every game.”

Jack’s plan, with local support, includes giving the Americans a deeper root in DFW. That deeper root starts with the name. The Americans name has become a symbol of success and will remain the team nickname of the organization. That being said, the Americans are reaching out to you, the fans in DFW, to ask, “What would you rename the location moniker of the Americans?” Ideas include the Texas Americans, Dallas Americans, DFW Americans, North Texas Americans, or, write in your own idea!

The opportunity to name the Americans will start today, Friday, March 31, 2017 at noon and run through Friday, June 30, 2017. Fans can enter in one of two ways. First, live in-person at the Americans remaining regular season home games, as well as at all home 2017 Kelly Cup Playoff games. Simply stop by the client service table behind section 100 and fill out your ballot. The other way to submit an entry, would be to log on to Fans have the opportunity to enter once per day through each voting channel. During the month of July 2017, your Americans will announce the new winning name that will be attached to our great Americans team brand. One winner will be selected from all winning entries to receive a personalized new Americans jersey for the 2017-2018 season.

Don’t miss out on all the great live hockey action. Your Americans have two remaining home games, Saturday April 1st and Wednesday April 5th. From there, your Americans will start their playoff run as they look to win an unprecedented fifth straight championship. Be a part of history, as the 2017 ECHL Kelly Cup Playoffs begin as early as April 12th. Log on to or call 972.912.1000 to secure your seats TODAY! Rock Your Red with YOUR Americans!

About the Americans

The Allen Americans play in the ECHL, the premiere AA hockey league in North America. The Americans were established in 2009 and have won four AA championships in seven full seasons of minor pro hockey. In those eight seasons Allen has qualified for the playoffs every year with five trips to the league finals in that time. Allen is in its third season in the ECHL after playing five years in the now defunct Central Hockey League. The Americans play at the state of the art 6,125 seat Allen Event Center located in Allen, Texas which is a suburb of Dallas-Fort Worth. For additional information log-on to For questions and/or comments, please email [email protected].