Americans Bring Back Popular Chris WhitleyJuly 27, 2012 - Central Hockey League (CHL) Allen Americans
He returns to Allen after spending last season with the Dundee Stars in Europe. Whitley led the Americans to the Central Hockey League finals in the Americans' inaugural season of 2009-2010.
He won 31 games between the pipes for the Americans in 2009-2010, compiling a record of 31-8-4 with a .914 SV%. Prior to his career with the Americans, he spent five years at Lake Head University in Thunder Bay, Ontario.
o "First I would just like to thank Steve Martinson and the Allen Americans for the opportunity to play in the red and white again," said Whitley. "You never expect to return to a place you got traded from but I'm very excited to be returning to the city of Allen." Whitley was traded to the Wichita Thunder after the 2010-2011 season.
"To me playing for Allen is the same feeling guys get when they play for their hometown. I always wanted to win a championship in Allen and being able to return with the guys Coach Martinson has brought in. I know we have a great chance at doing that. I can't wait to be back playing at the AEC in October in front of the best fans in the CHL." Americans netminder Chris Whitley
The native of Oshawa, Ontario, Canada, has had one American Hockey League call-up, winning his only start with the Lake Erie Monsters in 2009-2010, 6-5 in a shootout.
Whitley is the first goaltender signing announced by the Americans this off-season, and brings the total number of players under contract to eleven.
The Americans will begin their fourth season in the Central Hockey League this October. The Americans have made it to the post-season three straight years.
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