I’m not sure if excited is the word to describe how I feel about the Central Hockey League coming to Brampton but I am looking forward to having a professional hockey option in the Greater Toronto Area. The Brampton Beast will provide an alternative for those, like myself, who don’t have a grand to blow on a night at the Air Canada Centre.
One of the Brampton Beast’s opponents I will definitely be in attendance at the Powerade Centre for is the Allen Americans. Allen has been in the CHL for just four years, going to the finals in their first year and winning the championship this past spring. So far, two Ontario Hockey League grads are returning to the Americans roster to help in defending the title.
Trevor played five years in the OHL from 2001-02 to 2005-06, all with the Peterborough Petes. He was second round pick by the Petes at the 2001 OHL Priority Selection, 29th overall. In his final year in Peterborough, he helped the team to a Robertson Cup championship as the Petes swept the London Knights in the final series. At the Memorial Cup, held in Moncton, New Brunswick, the Petes fell to the Don Hay coached Vancouver Giants in the tie-breaker game.
Hendrikx twice entered the NHL Entry Draft and was twice selected by the Columbus Blue Jackets. In 2003, he went in the ninth round, 283rd overall. Two years later, in 2005, Trevor went in the seventh round, 201st overall. He has yet to appear in the National Hockey League but has played pro since 2006-07 in the ECHL, AHL and CHL. Over the past seven years, Hendrikx has appeared on the rosters of ten different pro hockey teams.
Fresh off his OHL championship in 2005-06, Trevor played in the ECHL’s Kelly Cup finals in his first year of pro. His Dayton Bombers were unable to conquer the Idaho Steelheads, losing the series in five games.
In 2012-13, Trevor started his season in the ECHL with the San Francisco Bulls and moved on to the Bakersfield Condors before ending up with Allen to finish up the year. In 24 regular season games with the Americans, the defenseman scored two and assisted on seven for nine points.
In the Ray Miron President’s Cup playoffs, his offensive numbers were higher than during the regular season while playing less games. Trevor scored three and assisted on seven for ten points over 19 playoff games. Allen, after finishing first overall during the regular season, captured the CHL championship by ousting the Wichita Thunder in seven games.
Bootland played four year in the OHL from 1998-99 to 2001-02 with the Barrie Colts and Toronto Majors. After being picked 16th overall by the Colts at the 1998 OHL Priority Selection, in his first season Darryl was part of the blockbuster between Barrie and Toronto that brought Sheldon Keefe, Mike Danton, Ryan Barnes and Shawn Cation to the Colts.
In 2000, Bootland was an eighth round pick of the Colorado Avalanche, 252nd overall. He has played pro hockey since 2002-03 in the ECHL, AHL, NHL, Austria’s EBEL and the CHL. Darryl has 32 games of National Hockey League experience under his belt, playing 22 with the Detroit Red Wings in 2003-04, six more with the Wings in 2006-07 and four games with the New York Islanders in 2007-08.
In his first year with Allen, 2012-13, Bootland finally got the championship he’d come so close to several times in the past. In the American Hockey League, he played in Calder Cup conference finals three times. As a member of the Grand Rapids Griffins, he lost in the conference finals in 2002-03 and 2005-06. With the Portland Pirates, the team reached the conference finals in 2007-08. As a member of the Kalamazoo Wings in the ECHL, Bootland and the Wings lost in the Kelly Cup finals.
Allen is a new franchise, joining the Central Hockey League for the 2009-10 season. Highly successful, the Americans have played in the post season in each of their four seasons. In their first year, the team lost in the President’s Cup finals to the Rapid City Rush in six games. As mentioned, in 2012-13 it took the full seven games to defeat the Wichita Thunder.
The Americans play out of the Allen Event Center in Allen, Texas, a 6,275 seat venue built in 2009. The team is affiliated with the Dallas Stars and has an ownership group that includes former NHL stars Steve Duchesne, Mike Modano, Craig Ludwig and Ed Belfour. Ludwig’s twin sons Tyler and Trevor both play for the Americans.