August 12, 2010 - Central Hockey League (CHL) - Allen Americans
ALLEN, Texas - The Allen Americans are welcoming All-Star Judd Blackwater to the 2010-11 team. The forward signed with the club today for the upcoming season.
"Judd has a strong tradition of winning and compliments guys we have already signed. He has been successful so far in his young career and fits the player model that we look for, which is a young, skilled player," Americans Head Coach and General Manager Dwight Mullins said Thursday.
The 23-year-old turned professional with the ECHL's Fresno Falcons in the 2008-09 season. Blackwater was called up to the American Hockey League's Rockford Icehogs and Rochester Americans for a combined 21 games in his rookie year. He collected five points during his time in the AHL while grabbing 22 points (7g-15a22) in 49 games in the ECHL's regular season between Fresno and Stockton. That same year, Blackwater helped Stockton come within one win of reaching the finals, earning eight assists in 10 postseason contests.
Blackwater decided to sign with Allen because he heard good things about the Americans from his friend and one of the club's returning forwards, Colton Yellow Horn. Allen's close proximity to four AHL clubs was also attractive. "Yellow Horn had great things to say about the team, and it sounds like a great place to play. There are a lot of AHL teams around, which is what I'm striving for."
The forward also noted the team's success in its first year. "They went far last year, and hopefully we'll win the championship this year," he said.
In his sophomore season, Blackwater increased his point tally to 56 (26g-30a56) in 63 games between Stockton and the Alaska Aces. The left winger was selected for the 2010 ECHL All-Star game and scored three points in four playoff games for the Aces.
Blackwater was born June 22, 1987, in Lethbridge, Alberta. The left-handed shot weighs 195 pounds and stands six feet tall. He played for the Western Hockey League's Spokane Chiefs for three years and helped lead them to their first Memorial Cup Championship in 17 seasons in 2007-08.
Individual tickets for the 2010-11 season go on sale Sept. 3, but season tickets and partial plans for Allen's second season are on sale now. Ticket prices start as low as $9 per game, and there is free parking at every game. For more information, call 972-912-1000.
2010-11 Signings To-Date Judd Blackwater Bruce Graham Liam Huculak Nino Musitelli David Nimmo Brandon Straub Tobias Whelan Chris Whitley Colton Yellow Horn
The Americans, the Dallas Stars' CHL affiliate, began play in Nov. of 2009 in the newly built Allen Event Center in The Village at Allen. Season tickets are on sale now, and corporate partnerships are also available. For information, call 972.912.1000 or visit allenamericans.com. Office hours are 8:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. Saturday.