Allen, Texas – The Allen Americans, ECHL affiliate of the Minnesota Wild, and partner Globe Life are proud to announce that the team has signed goalie Chris Nell to a contract for the 2020-2021 season.
The Green Bay, Wisconsin native joins Allen with plenty of experience at the Triple-A level. Nell played parts of two seasons with the New York Rangers’ AHL affiliate. the Hartford Wolf Pack. In 2017-2018, he went 8-8-0 with a 3.15 Goals-Against Average.
“Chris Nell is a veteran goalie with a calming swagger between the pipes,” said Allen Americans Goalie Coach Chris Johansen. “He’s a smart goalie who understands the game well and uses his big frame to his advantage. He has an exceptional work ethic and is ready to come in and help the team win.”
The 26-year old netminder began his junior career in 2013 with the Chicago Steel of the USHL. After two seasons with the Steel, he played three years at Bowling Green State University, where he put up solid numbers. In 2015-2016, he had a 1.91 Goals-Against Average in 37 games and posted a record of 18-11-6.
Chris Nell is the first goalie announced by the Allen Americans this season. Nell played with Greenville, Adirondack and Atlanta in the ECHL last year. The Americans open the regular season in December.
About the Allen Americans
The Allen Americans are the ECHL affiliate of the National Hockey League’s Minnesota Wild and the American Hockey League’s Iowa Wild. Championship Hockey is the backbone of the American’s franchise since being founded prior to the 2009-10 season, with the Red, White and Blue having captured two ECHL Kelly Cup Championships (2014-15 & 2015-16) and two Central Hockey League President’s Cups (2012-13 & 2013-14). Americans’ home games are played at the Allen Event Center, which is located in The Village at Allen. Owned by nationally respected “Serial Entrepreneur “Jack D. Gulati, the Club begins its 12th season of professional hockey in December 2020. Season tickets are on sale now at AllenAmericans.com/tickets or by calling 972-912-1000.