Allen Americans Announce Changes to Ownership Group
Allen, TX- The Allen Americans finalized a transfer of ownership from Top Shelf, LLC to a group of investors that includes Steven Brothers Sports Management, LLC, owners of the CHL's Wichita Thunder and Tulsa Oilers.
The deal takes place during a remarkable time for the Americans franchise, who clinched their second consecutive CHL Championship on Saturday in front of a season-high crowd of 6,125. Ironically the Americans - in just their fifth CHL season - joined the Wichita Thunder and the Memphis RiverKings as the only back-to-back winners of the CHL Ray Miron Presidents' Cup.
"This has been a long but thorough process to get this transaction completed but we are thrilled that we can help cement the future of the Americans in Allen as they close out another successful season", said Rodney Steven II, who owns Steven Brothers Sports Management, LLC along with his brothers Brandon Steven and Johnny Steven. "The Americans already have a great partner in the City of Allen, tremendous support from the community and a proven winner in head coach Steve Martinson. "We are excited to give this team all the tools it needs to continue their success and grow their already great fanbase."
Steven Brothers Sports Management, LLC was formed in 2011 when they purchased the Wichita Thunder. The Thunder subsequently advanced to the CHL Finals in both the 2011-12 and the 2012-13 seasons, losing the Championship in 2013 to Allen in an epic seven game series that was decided in sudden death overtime. The Steven Brothers purchased the Tulsa Oilers last summer, guiding the Oilers back to the CHL playoffs this past season.
The Steven Brothers own and operate Genesis Health Clubs in Kansas and Missouri, just adding their 13th facility, which supports their belief in physical activity and fitness. The partners also own and operate multiple car dealerships throughout the Wichita Area including Brandon Steven Motors, Subaru of Wichita, Ford of Augusta, Eddy's Toyota and most recently Eddy's Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram.
"The CHL salutes the strong fan base in Allen, their passion for the team and excellent corporate support which has built the Americans into a strong national brand", said CHL Commissioner Steve Ryan. "We are thankful for everything that Doug Miller did these last five years to help showcase CHL hockey in North Texas. The league believes the new ownership group will successfully build upon these foundations and continue the winning tradition the team has enjoyed."
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