SAN JOSE - The San Jose Sharks (@SanJoseSharks), and its American Hockey League (@TheAHL) affiliate the San Jose Barracuda (@SJBarracuda), have announced that it has extended its ECHL (@ECHL) affiliation with the Allen (Texas) Americans (@AllenAmericans) through the 2017-18 season
"The Americans have a proven track record of readying players that can step into our lineup and contribute at a high level, and they have built a great culture of winning," said Barracuda General Manager Joe Will. "We're very excited to be affiliated with them for another year."
11 different players spent time between San Jose (AHL) and Allen in 2016-17, including Sharks draft selections Adam Helewka and Alex Schoenborn.
Bryan Moore and David Makowski each participated in the San Jose Sharks training camp earlier this month after signing AHL contracts with the Barracuda this offseason. Both players spent a majority of last season in Allen with the Americans.
The Barracuda have invited five players from the Americans to participate in AHL training camp under tryout contracts, Jaynen Rissling, Marcus Basara, Josh Thrower, Vincent Arseneau, and Olivier Archambault.
"San Jose has been the best affiliation that I've been involved with. They genuinely care about the success of not only their contracted players but also the Allen Americans," said Americans Head Coach and General Manager Steve Martinson.
The Americans have a rich history of winning after their inception in 2009. In their final two years, in the now defunct Central Hockey League, Allen hoisted the Ray Miron President's Trophy as league champions. After joining the East Coast Hockey League (ECHL) in 2014, its first season as the double-A affiliate of the San Jose Sharks, the Americans lifted the Kelly Cup as league champions in both 2014-15 and 2015-16, becoming the first ECHL organization to accomplish that feat in their first two seasons in the league.