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St. Clair Shores, Warren

May 16, 2014

St. Clair Shores Resident, De La Salle grad drafted into top junior hockey league

By Jason Carmel Davis
C & G Sports Writer

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St. Clair Shores resident and 2014 Warren De La Salle graduate Chris Allemon was drafted by the Des Moines (Iowa) Buccaneers of the USHL May 6. Allemon, a defenseman, is pictured during a game with the Detroit Little Caesars AAA Hockey Club.

As a student at Warren De La Salle, 2014 graduate Chris Allemon was a member of the Pilots’ football and baseball teams, but it’s the sport he didn’t play for the school that he’s decided to try to turn into a career.

On May 6, Allemon was drafted 43rd overall by the Des Moines (Iowa) Buccaneers of the United States Hockey League, considered by many to be the top junior hockey league in the United States. Allemon, a defenseman, this past season played for the Detroit Little Caesars AAA Hockey Club and recorded nine goals and four assists in 28 games.

“I got the call that I was drafted while I was in math class,” Allemon said May 13. “I couldn’t stop smiling. One of my buddies told the entire class, and everybody just started clapping.”

Allemon was the 19th defenseman taken in the draft, which saw 507 players hear their name called. The St. Clair Shores resident will depart for Iowa in early June. Training camp begins June 12. The regular season begins in September.

“I’m nervous, but I’m really excited,” said Allemon, who also played for the St. Clair Shores Saintes and Hazel Park-based Michigan Ice Hawks. “This is what I’ve always wanted to do. I’ve played other sports and had a lot of fun, but hockey is what I really love and what makes me happy.”

Jim Allemon, Chris’ father, beams with pride when talking about his son. He shares his son’s excitement and is confident in Chris’ ability to succeed.

What Jim Allemon is most proud of, though, is how Chris has been able to excel in the classroom and on the ice. While at De La Salle, Chris has been an honor roll student every year.

“That shows you how important education is to him,” Jim Allemon said. “You see it a lot of times where the student-athletes aren’t able to excel in both areas and something takes a hit. I couldn’t be prouder of him.”

Chris said hard work and dedication are the keys to his success in the classroom and on the ice. Chris has traveled a lot with his hockey teams, and he said his teachers have been understanding of his demanding schedule. He said there have been a lot of long nights and instances of him completing homework assignments on a bus on the way back from a game.

He does have the option to take college classes while he plays for the Buccaneers, but Allemon is electing to focus on hockey for now. He’s hopeful his play catches the eye of a college scout, though, and is hoping to land a collegiate scholarship. He said Lake Superior State University has shown interest, but he also likes Notre Dame, Boston College and Ferris State University.

“I’m just glad I’ve made it to the next level,” Chris said. “Taking this next step means a lot to me.”

You can reach C & G Sports Writer Jason Carmel Davis at jdavis@candgnews.com or at (586)498-1107. Twitter Follow Jason on Twitter.