The 25-year-old, blueliner joins the club from ECHL side, Cincinnati Cyclones, where last season he iced in 69 regular season games and 10 playoff matches, scoring 15 points (1G, 14A) and accumulating 262 penalty minutes, with also a plus-minus rating of +21.
Born in Puslinch, Ontario, Allen has built up a tough reputation on the ice throughout his career, as he has always protected his teammates and never shied away from dropping the gloves, earning him the nickname “The Sheriff”.
Standing at 6-feet-3-inches tall and weighing in at 205lbs, Sean has played four seasons of professional hockey, all in the ECHL with firstly Wichita Thunder (2019-2022), then most recently with the Cyclones and in the 2019-2020 campaign, he was selected to play in the ECHL All-Star Game.
The Canadian defender also played five years in the Ontario Hockey League, one of Canada’s best junior leagues with three different clubs; Kitchener Rangers, Oshawa Generals and Windsor Spitfires.
In his five OHL seasons, Allen would score 23 points in 225 games, while racking up 399 penalty minutes and prior to beginning his junior career, he also won an OHL Gold Cup in 2013-2014.
LEFEBVRE ON ALLEN
After adding much more grit and toughness to the backend, Stars Director of Hockey Operations and Head Coach, Marc LeFebvre, said: “He is exactly what we have been looking for in a defenseman; big, physical and mean.
“He also moves the puck well, stands up for his teammates and is a great character off the ice as well, so he has a lot of intangibles that we have been looking for and we are excited to have in him in Dundee.”
LeFebvre continued: “If you look at his numbers in Cincinnati last year, he obviously improved offensively and his plus-minus was a +28.
“Cincinnati had a very good team last year and their coaching staff thought that much of Sean that they played him in a lot of key situations, so we are looking for the same thing this season.”
As the new season approaches, the Canadian coach also discussed how his patient approach has paid off and allowed him to land exactly the player he was looking for in Allen.
He commented: “We have stressed patience since day one and we have done that, and now we definitely have the right people and the right guy here in Sean and we are looking forward to having him.”
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ALLEN ON PREPARING TO PATROL DUNDEE’S BLUELINE
Dundee Stars TV’s Stephen Swann caught up with Sean after his switch to Tayside was confirmed.
Sean’s career began back in 2013 with Guelph Jr. Gryphons U16 side, where he scored 18 points in 37 regular season games, before adding four more in nine playoff ties and another four in five OHL Cup games.
In his first year, he also totalled 90 penalty minutes, across all competitions before moving up to join Kitchener Dutchmen in the Greater Ontario Junior Hockey League for one season, in which he recorded 124 penalty minutes and 11 points in 46 fixtures.
At the end of the 2014-2015 campaign, Allen also made his OHL debut and would suit up for Kitchener Rangers six times, before joining them fully the following summer.
He would make nine appearances before former Stars Head Coach, Roger Hunt acquired him in a trade for the Oshawa Generals and the defenseman would go on to play the next three seasons in Oshawa before being traded to Windsor Spitfires for his final year of junior hockey as they added Allen to their line-up for his experience and gritty nature.
Sean would then make his pro debut in the 2019-2020 ECHL season with Wichita Thunder and in his rookie year, the Canadian collected 68 penalty minutes and three points across 44 matches, impressing with his defensive play to earn a spot in the ECHL All-Star Game.
After nearly three full seasons with the Thunder, Cincinnati came in for the blueliner and acquired him on the trade deadline of the 2021-2022 campaign and he would go on to make 74 regular season appearances for the Cyclones, as well as featuring in 17 playoff contests.
Overall, Allen played in 235 ECHL matches, scoring five goals, assisting 25 times and spending 632 minutes in the sin bin.
In his 10-year-career so far, Sean has featured in 507 matches, recorded 14 goals, 67 assists and collected 1146 penalty minutes, while also playing in 55 playoff games, where he tallied 10 points (3G, 7A) and 105 penalty minutes.
Allen has crossed paths with a few ex-Stars over the years and unusually their paths all intersected in Wichita, where he shared a dressing room with players such as; Spencer Dorowicz, Fabrizio Ricci, Chris Gerrie, Charlie Combs, Anthony Beauregard and Ian Parker, but also was the roommate of new addition, Carter Johnson.
Sean is our 18th signing of the summer and joins Drydn Dow, Lucas Brine, Kris Inglis, Jonathan McBean, Craig Moore, Craig Garrigan, Johnny Walker, Josh Brittain, Chris McKay, Ryan Valentini, Brendan Harms, Carter Johnson, Tommy Parrottino, James Phelan , Kevin Carr, Anthony Rinaldi and Spencer Naas on the roster for next season.
Allen will wear #4 for the Stars and you can sponsor his equipment for this season right now, click HERE.
To see Sean’s career stats on Elite Prospects click HERE.
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Featured Image: Tony Bailey Photography/Cincinnati Cyclones.