Through many roster moves for the first place Allen Americans, one constant has been forward Anthony Maiani who is having a breakout year.
The second-year forward had an outstanding career at the University of Denver where he scored 34 goals with 92 assists in 158 collegiate games.
Last season, Maiani bounced around between three ECHL teams (Colorado, South Carolina and Chicago) with his stop in ‘the windy city’ maybe being a career-changer. The head coach in Chicago was Steve Martinson, the current coach of the Americans, who saw something in the 5-7, 155-pound player. Martinson brought Maiani with him to Allen and he has been an impact player.
In 36 games, the Shelby Township, Michigan native has 13 goals with 25 assists averaging more than a point a game. His +18 plus/minus rating is tied for the highest on the team and tied for the best plus/minus in the CHL.
This season has established Maiani as a top player on a very good team. His numbers reflect this as his totals have already eclipsed his career numbers.
In 64 career games in the ECHL, Maiani had seven goals and 19 assists compared to his 38 points this season with Allen.
His offensive consistency has been welcomed by the Americans and his play has him considered one of the most valuable on his team.