ALLEN, Texas (BVM) – Myles Jack recently wrapped up a seven-year NFL career and now the former linebacker is making hockey history.
The ECHL announced on Wednesday that Jack and his mother Lasonjia are now the owners of the Allen Americans. The Jacks are the first Black majority owners in professional hockey history.
“From the football field to the business world I have always brought passion and leadership to my teams. The opportunity to lead this franchise and serve our great fans is an incredible responsibility, said Myles in a press release from the ECHL. “I’m excited to bring a first-class, family friendly entertainment option to this community alongside our great partners.”
The Allen, Texas, pro sports team was founded in 2009 as a member of the Central Hockey League and it joined the ECHL in 2014. The Americans are currently affiliated with the Ottawa Senators of the NHL.
“The ECHL is thrilled to welcome Myles and Lasonjia Jack to the league and further the Allen Americans tradition, as the team enters its 15th Anniversary Season of professional hockey,” said ECHL commissioner Ryan Crelin. “On behalf of the ECHL Board of Governors, we are thankful for Jack Gulati’s ownership over the past six-plus years in Allen, helping to pave the way for this new opportunity in the market. We look forward to the excitement the Jack family, alongside Rev Entertainment and Zawyer Sports will bring to the Americans and the fan experience at the Credit Union of Texas Event Center.”
The growing minor league of hockey is thriving as the ECHL is now up to 28 teams and it is coming off a season where it set a new league attendance record, just shy of five million fans.
The league allows cities that may not be known for hockey, like Allen, to experience and grow the sport. Now, Jack and his family will be a part of that growth.