The Americans are the ECHL affiliate of the National Hockey League’s San Jose Sharks and the American Hockey League’s San Jose Barracuda.
A native of Baudette, Minn., Gens led all ECHL defensemen last season with 48 assists and 56 points. The 56 points set an Americans’ record for most points by a defenseman in a single season. Gens also earned a spot on the All-ECHL Second Team.
The 28-year-old has recorded 90 points (15g-75a) in 146 career ECHL games with Allen, Reading and Evansville. Gens made his pro debut with the American Hockey League’s Lake Erie Monsters at the end of the 2011-12 season, picking up a pair of assists in seven games.
Prior to turning pro, he played four seasons at the University of Alaska-Fairbanks where he notched 72 points (12g-60a) in 140 career games.