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Allen inks with Alabama-Huntsville

After a tour of two seasons and three stops in Junior A hockey in Canada, Texas native Ben Allen will be returning to the Sun Belt for college hockey.

The product of Allen, Texas, Allen will play next season at the NCAA Div. I University of Alabama-Huntsville.

“Ben is off to a great start and has earned an opportunity to further his career at Alabama-Huntsville,” said Vees head coach and general manager Fred Harbinson. “Ben is one of the smartest players we’ve had play here in Penticton and will be a great addition to the Chargers program.”

Allen spent last season between the AJHL’s Fort McMurray Oil Barons and the SJHL’s Battlefords North Stars. He attracted the attention of the Vees when he came to Penticton for the 2017 Western Canada Cup with Battlefords.

So far this season, the 5-foot-9, 175-pound forward has two goals and an assist.

At Alabama-Huntsville, Allen will join a Chargers program coached by Mike Corbett. The Chargers compete in the NCAA’s Western Collegiate Hockey Association (WCHA) along with Bemidji State, Alaska-Anchorage, Northern Michigan, Lake Superior State, Michigan Tech, Alaska, Ferris State, Bowling Green, and Minnesota State.

Allen is currently the only BCHLer committed to UAH. The Chargers have two BCHL alums on their roster this season in Mark Sinclair and Kurt Gosselin.