Allen, Texas – The Allen Americans, ECHL affiliate of the San Jose Sharks, and Globe Life are proud to announce the signing of brothers, Dalton and Josh Thrower to contracts for the 2017-2018 season.

Josh Thrower will enter his rookie year in the ECHL after wrapping up five seasons of major junior hockey in the Western Hockey League. He played 73 games with the Calgary Hitmen, beginning in 2012; 51 games with the Tri-City Americans in 2013-2014 and 2014-2015; 87 games with the Vancouver Giants in 2014-2015 and 2015-2016; and 98 games with the Moose Jaw Warriors, that included 108 penalty minutes last season. He also had his best offensive season last year with 20 points in 67 games.

Dalton Thrower is a former second round draft pick of the Montreal Canadians, going 51st overall in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft. The native of Vancouver, British Columbia, played his entire ECHL career with the Brampton Beast. A tough, physical player at 6-1 and 200 pounds, he had 212 penalty minutes in 81 games for the Beast.

“I’ve had some pretty good brother combinations over the years, but nothing that matches the combined toughness of the Thrower brothers,” said Americans Head Coach and Head of Hockey Operations Steve Martinson. “Both players combine skill and toughness. Josh had 19 points in 31 games after his trade to Moose Jaw.  Dalton had great numbers in junior.  Both players will benefit offensively from our style of play, while not being a lot of fun to play against.”

The Americans open the regular season on Friday, October 13th in Rapid City, with the home opener on Saturday, October 21st against Orlando. Click here for the complete 2017-2018 schedule.

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 eight 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. Allen will enter its fourth season in the ECHL this October, after playing five years in the now defunct Central Hockey League.