On Tuesday the Allen Americans announced the signing of 24-year-old forward Hank Crone. At 5 foot 9 and 157 pounds, the left-handed forward is coming off his best season to date at Northern Michigan University scoring 44 points in 32 games played (13 G 31 A). What is even more exciting about Crone are his roots.
Crone was born and raised in Cedar Hill, TX which is prominently known for its high school football program winning 3 state titles in 2006, 2013, and 2014. Crone also spent time with the Dallas Stars Elite program which is a Tier 1/AAA program inside the Dallas/Ft. Worth metroplex that has produced NHL talents like Blake Coleman, Seth Jones, and Caleb Jones. What is even more impressive is the Dallas Stars Elite program has only been in existence since 2009 and has produced talent across all levels of play including the SPHL, AHL, ECHL, and NCAA D1 programs. Crone can now add his name to already impressive alumni.
Crone’s career has seen him land in the USHL with the Omaha Lancers and Fargo Force. Crone’s college career was spent with Boston University, the University of Denver, and lastly Northern Michigan.
Crone joins the Americans as a fresh face along with first-year head coach and general manager, Chad Costello, in what already looks to be a faster and more potent offensive roster than the previous roster. With the ECHL season officially less than 90 days away from the beginning, Crone will join names like Jared Bethune, Zach Pochiro, Nick Albano, and Jackson Leppard who have all been announced as signings for the ’22-’23 season with the Americans.
The Allen Americans season is set to begin on Friday, October 21, 2022, at the BOK Center in Tulsa, OK as the Americans take on the Tulsa Oilers.