Former NFL player Myles Jack has joined his mother, LaSonjia Jack, to secure a National Hockey League (NHL) minor league team.

According to a news release, the East Coast Hockey League (ECHL) team Allen Americans has approved a new ownership group led by the Jack family. The Allen, TX-based team is an affiliate of the NHL’s Ottawa Senators.

“From the football field to the business world I have always brought passion and leadership to my teams,” Myles shared in a news release. “The opportunity to lead this franchise and serve our great fans is an incredible responsibility. I’m excited to bring a first-class, family friendly entertainment option to this community alongside our great partners.”

Myles, who retired from the NFL in September 2023, and LaSonjia will be responsible for ensuring the Allen Americans will prosper and be beneficial to the community.

“It’s such an honor to lead such a great hockey team in Texas — which is a great place for families and businesses,” co-owner LaSonjia expressed, according to the press release. “We are looking forward to engaging all our fans, business partners, and community leaders. The Allen Americans are a pillar in this community and we will continue that tradition. We believe in bringing people together and sharing memories, and what better way to do that than to attend an ECHL Hockey Game.”

Additionally, the pair will receive a helping hand from Zawyer Sports and REV Entertainment, which will be responsible for managing the operations of the club such as marketing, branding, sales, and strategy.

“We are thrilled to welcome the Allen Americans to our family,” Andy Kaufmann, owner and CEO of Zawyer Sports, stated. “We are committed to making the fan experience one-of-a-kind and will continue to make the Allen Americans an integral part of the community. We are just a few short weeks away from Opening Day and look forward to starting our first season with the Americans.”