Home to Champions

2013 • 2014 • 2015 • 2016

The Allen AMERICANS Professional Hockey Club will enter its 13th (Season XIII) year of play with the start of the 2021-22 season.

Championship Hockey is the backbone of the American’s franchise since being founded in 2009, with the team having captured four consecutive league championships from 2013 through 2016.

Owned by nationally respected “Serial Entrepreneur” Jack D. Gulati, the Club plays its home games at the Credit Union of Texas Event Center, which is located in The Village at Allen, conveniently located off of Interstate 75.

2013 Championship

CHL Presidents’ Cup

The Organization’s first championship came in 2013 when the AMERICANS captured the first of two Central Hockey League (CHL) Presidents’ Cups.

The 2013 Championship came in a  dramatic double-overtime Game 7 against the Wichita Thunder. With Wichita up 2-0 in the third period, the AMERICANS scored two goals in the final half of the frame. Jarret Lukin opened the scoring, at the halfway point of the period, to cut the lead to 2-1. The game would remain that way until two and a half minutes left in regulation, when defenseman Trevor Hendrikx blasted a slap shot from the outside that found the back of the net to tie the game at 2-2. The AMERICANS didn’t wait long in the extra session to end the game, as Todd Robinson fired a shot from along the right-wing boards just over two minutes into overtime that beat Wichita goalie Torrie Jung. That historic shot gave Allen its first title with a 3-2 win. American-born forward Brian McMillin was named the CHL Playoffs MVP.

2014 Championship

CHL Presidents’ Cup

The AMERICANS would be the last team standing again in 2014, the final season for the now defunct Central Hockey League (CHL). Allen faced the Denver Cutthroats in the Presidents’ Cup Championship Series. After losing game one to Denver on the road, the AMERICANS responded by winning four straight games, two of which came in overtime, to claim their second straight Presidents’ Cup Championship. Game 2 hero Jamie Schaafsma scored two goals, including the game winner in OT, and was named the playoffs MVP.

2015 Championship

ECHL Kelly Cup

The 2014-2015 season saw the AMERICANS and six other teams from the Central Hockey League join the ECHL. Allen had another great roster assembled that included the league’s scoring champ, Chad Costello. The excitement started in the Western Conference Finals in 2015, where the team trailed the Ontario Reign 2-1 in the series, and were down 2-1 in game 5 before mounting their amazing comeback. Allen outscored Ontario 5-0 in the third period, with two of the five goals coming off the stick of Spencer Asuchak, for a 6-2 Allen victory. The AMERICANS took Games 6 & 7 back in Allen to advance to their third straight finals appearance.

The AMERICANS and South Carolina Stingrays met for the first time ever and split the first two games of the ECHL’s Kelly Cup Finals in Allen. After losing Game 1, Gary Steffes would step up as the hero in Game 2 with two goals. Allen fell in Game 3 on home ice and headed to South Carolina for the next three. Allen won back to back games at the North Charleston Coliseum, with Vincent Arseneau scoring the double overtime winner in Game 4 to even the series, followed by Greger Hanson’s overtime winner in Game 5 to give Allen the 3-2 series lead. South Carolina would take Game 6 at home before the series shifted back to Allen for Game 7. The Americans jumped on the Stingrays early and often in that final game, cruising to a 6-1 victory and claiming their first Kelly Cup Championship and third league title in a row. Greger Hanson was named playoffs MVP, finishing third overall in the postseason scoring race with 29 points.

2016 Championship

ECHL Kelly Cup

The AMERICANS made it four straight trips to a League Championship Series at the end of the 2015-16 season as it was Allen’s first ever playoff matchup against the Wheeling Nailers. Much like the year before, the AMERICANS would split the first two games on home ice, winning Game 1 and dropping Game 2. The series was physical as it shifted to West Virginia for three straight games in the thin mountain air of the Appalachians.

The Nailers would grab their only lead in the series with a 3-2 win in Game 3. From that point on, the AMERICANS took control of the series as Allen won three straight games, two in Wheeling, and the final victory coming at Allen Event Center in Game 6. The AMERICANS beat the Nailers 4-2 in the series clincher to claim their second straight Kelly Cup, and fourth championship in a row. Chad Costello won his first ever Playoffs MVP, leading the league in postseason scoring with 36 points.

Meet Jack Gulati

Allen AMERICANS Team Owner & “Serial Entrepreneur”

Jack David Gulati was born in India on September 20, 1942. His family immigrated to America in 1958 when he was fifteen years old. He attended high school in New York City and graduated in 1959. He enrolled at the University of Minnesota, and after a somewhat circuitous route, he received B.S. in Mathematics in 1966.

Like his father and grandfather before him, Jack had ambitions to become an entrepreneur. He acquired his first business in 1968 at the age of 26, and in the ensuing years he bought, sold, or created forty businesses. Among his companies have been Fidelity Technologies Corporation, TeleAlarm Group, Fidelity Investment Corporation, SafetyCare Technologies, and Stokesay Castle, located in USA and Europe.

Jack has received many honors over the years. President Ronald Reagan appointed Jack to the White House Conference on Small Business in 1986. In addition, President George H. W. Bush appointed him to the Small Business Advisory Committee of Federal Communications Commission. In 1992, Jack was part of a delegation sent to Dakar, Senegal to advise African countries on matters involving the transition from military to civil rule.

Jack has contributed to the communities in which he has lived. He was elected Township Supervisor in Upper Merion Township, Pennsylvania, and served from 1980-1986. He also ran an unsuccessful campaign for Congress from the 13th Congressional District of Pennsylvania in 1982. Over the years Jack has been involved in civic and business organizations, namely Kiwanis Club, Chamber of Commerce, and the National Federation of Independent Business.

Jack and his wife, Rosemary, have three sons, David, Charles, and Michael, and ten grandchildren. Jack retired from full-time business activities in December, 2011. He turned over his remaining companies to his three sons, who have inherited the entrepreneurial spirit, and have continued to grow the businesses that Jack started.

On February 23, 2017 the Allen AMERICANS announced that the ECHL Board of Governors has approved the transfer of ownership of the team from Steven Brothers Sports Management Group to Jack Gulati.

“Today starts a new chapter for me and the Allen AMERICANS. I’m very excited for the opportunity to help this organization grow. Under the guidance of Coach Steve Martinson, we already have one of the best teams in the league on the ice. I know from our players that we have some of the best fans in the league, and my goal is to see the Allen Event Center packed on a nightly basis. There is so much potential for this hockey team to be one of the premiere members of the ECHL, and with the continued support of the community and our staff, we will excel on and off the ice.”

Americans AT A GLANCE:

TEAM OWNER | ALTERNATE GOVERNOR

Jack D. Gulati, 2017-Present


PRESIDENT | GOVERNOR

MICHAEL WADDELL, 2020-PRESENT


HEAD COACH | GENERAL MANAGER

STEVE MARTINSON, 2012-PRESENT


NHL AFFILIATION

SEATTLE KRAKEN, 2021-PRESENT

Team Captains

  • 2021-22 | Spencer Asuchak & Chad Costello

  • 2020-21 | Spencer Asuchak & Dyson Stevenson

  • 2019-20 | Jared VanWormer

  • 2017-19 | Joel Chouinard,

  • 2015-17 | Chad Costello & Gary Steffes

  • 2014-15 | Jamie Schaafsma

  • 2013-14 | Mike Berube

  • 2011-13 | Jason Deitsch

  • 2010-11 | Tobias Whelan

  • 2009-10 | Jarret Lukin

AMERICANS AT A GLANCE

The AMERICANS primary colors are red (hex #AB162B), white and blue (hex #0C223F) and have worn those colors since the team’s inception.

The team’s website is AllenAMERICANS.com and the team’s offices are located inside Credit Union of Texas Event Center at 200 E. Stacy Road, Allen, Texas 75002. You may reach the front office by calling (972) 912-1000.

Formerly named Allen Event Center, Credit Union of Texas Event Center is one of the most diverse arenas in the DFW Metroplex. The center hosts more than 100 events annually with an annual $12.5 million economic impact. Events at the 7,000+ seat facility include concerts, sporting events, graduations, trade shows, family ice shows and more. The arena is also home to the Allen Americans Hockey Club (ECHL) and the Dallas Sidekicks Soccer Club (MASL). Credit Union of Texas Event Center is property of and managed by the City of Allen.

Free parking is available at every event.