Friday, May 10, 2013

So How 'Bout Those Allen Americans?

(Credit: Josh Rasmussen/Texas Stars)
I've got to admit it. I've got a bit of apologizing to do.

The Allen American have a chance tonight to win the Ray Miron Cup as the CHL's league champion tonight, and I don't think that I've really written all that much about the team this season.

If you've been tracking the Stars' season though, you might understand why. After using the Americans sparingly but consistently through their first three seasons, the Texas Stars have not sent a single prospect to the CHL this season, instead preferring to use the ECHL's Idaho Steelheads. In fact, the Aeros used the Americans more consistently through the year, to the point that Houston is listed as an official affiliate of Allen on their website. As a result, I haven't been tracking their progress through the season quite as closely.

But apparently, it's gotten good.

After earning a very, let's say, 'San Jose Sharks'-like reputation in their first few seasons, Allen is one win away from the Cup. In their first season, they also went to the finals, as did Texas and Idaho. All three teams lost, including Allen by a 4-2 series score to the Rapid City Rush.

Follow Game 6 tonight on Twitter or listen or watch if you can. This could be the franchise's crowning achievement before the uncertain of another summer could cause the franchise to leave the CHL for good.





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