On Tuesday September 15th, the Allen Americans announced the signing of Canadian centreman Jared Bethune. The two sides have agreed to terms on a standard player contract for the upcoming season. Bethune, a dual citizen, is not unfamiliar to Allen Americans fans. He played nine games with the team in 2017-18 following four seasons in the Western Hockey League.
Bethune presents size and strength standing tall at 6’1 and 195 pounds. He is a native of Fort Frances, Ontario. In addition to his three years in junior which he spent playing with the Prince George Cougars, Bethune also played two seasons at Warroad High School in Warroad, Minnesota. Following his brief tenure in Allen, Bethune played collegiate hockey where he spent two seasons with the OUA’s Queen’s Gaels.
In a statement from Jared Bethune upon signing his contract on Tuesday, “The nine games I played in Allen out of juniors was a great experience for me. All the guys welcomed me and really made me feel comfortable in my transition. Allen is a beautiful area and I loved playing for Marty (Steve Martinson) which is why it’s the place I want to start my pro career. The time spent playing university hockey allowed me to mature and put on some size that will really help on my return to a pro season. It’s been exciting to see a lot of familiar names from the Western Hockey League on our upcoming roster.”
Bethune, 23-years-old, is the latest forward by the Allen Americans. The previously signed offensive corps include Spencer Asuchak, Jared VanWormer, Corey Durocher, Joshua Lammon and Colton Heffley. The Allen Americans will begin their 12th season of professional hockey come the fourth of December.