HE WAS BORN AUGUST 27TH 1964 in Norquay, SK, Canada and in 1989 graduated from the University of Alberta with a Bachelor of Phys Ed majoring in Athletic Therapy. In Australia, he became player-coach of the Canterbury Eagles in the early-1990s. He later joined the Macquarie Bears and won two Goodall Cups representing New South Wales; in 1994 when he was 30 and in 1999 at the age of 35. He represented Australia in nine consecutive D-Pool World Championships between 1996 and 2004, posting save percentages between 78% and 88.2%. He was Mighty Roos net minder for a total of 969 minutes across 43 games, winning a silver medal (1998) and four bronze (1999, '00, '01, '04).
From his early-thirties, he played 55 games or more in the Australian Ice Hockey League (AIHL), first as a foundation player of the Sydney Bears in the AIHL where he remained for four seasons (2000 to '03); then two with the West Sydney Ice Dogs (2004, '05); two with the Central Coast Rhinos (2006 to '08); and back to the Ice Dogs (2008 to '10). He won his third Goodall Cup in 2002 with the Sydney Bears and a fourth in 2004 with the West Sydney Ice Dogs.
In 2011, at the age of 47, he moved to the ECHL where he played a further 70 games for the Penrith Raptors (2011, '12, '13), Sydney Heat (2011 to '15), the ECSL Sting (2012), and the Blueline Bombers (2016). He also returned to the Sydney Bears in 2015 for the Wilson Cup and played for the USA in the USA v Canada international series in Sydney. Over a career here in excess of twenty seasons, he has tutored many young and up and coming goalies. In 2016, he worked in Injury Management with Endeavour Energy.
Ross Carpenter, 'Becken, Alan (1964 - )', Legends of Australian Ice, Melbourne, Australia, http://icelegendsaustralia.com/legends-2/bio_becken.html, accessed online .
Master of Cool: goalkeeper Alan Becken prepares for his 16th national championship, by Andrew McMurtry, Hills News, 18 Oct 2016.