Big news today from the Allen Americans as they signed defenseman Alec Martinez, who won the Stanley Cup with the LA Kings in 2012. The Rochester, New York native signed a one year contract with the Americans after playing last year in LA. In the 51 games he played last year, he scored 6 goals and assisted on 6 for 12 points. Great signing for the Americans as they are currently in first place in the CHL with a 20-5-2 record for 42 points.
Here is the press release from the Allen Americans
AMERICANS SIGN STANLEY CUP WINNING DEFENSEMAN
NHL’s Alec Martinez of the LA Kings joins the Allen blue-line
Allen, Texas – The Allen Americans of the Central Hockey League announced today, the signing of defenseman Alec Martinez to a contract for the 2012-2013 season.
Martinez, played in 51 games for the Stanley Cup Champion Los Angeles Kings in the 2011-2012 season, scoring 6 goals, and 6 assists for 12 points with 8 penalty minutes. He had two points during last year’s Stanley Cup Finals for the Kings, netting a goal and an assist versus New Jersey.
“You get a guy who just won a Stanley Cup last season with Los Angeles; he’s 25 years old, a great player, a power play guywho will really help our blue line,” said Americans Head Coach Steve Martinson. With all the injuries on defense, Alec will really help our power play as well as provide some great leadership.”It’s great timing for us.”
Martinez, who lives in Allen in the off-season brought the Stanley Cup to Allen, Texas with a stop at Top Golf over the summer. He will be suited up this evening and ready to go.
The Allen Americans host the Quad City Mallards tonight at 7:05 in the annual New Year’s Eve game at Allen Event Center. Tickets for tonight’s game are available online at www.allenamericans.com or www.ticketmaster.com. Call 972-912-1000 for more information.