Woody on Hockey

Alaska is hockey heaven -- the Alaska Aces are perennial ECHL contenders, the UAA Seawolves play in the nation's premier college league and NHL star Scott Gomez headlines a contingent of pros. Join the conversation about the Aces and Alaska hockey with Doyle Woody, who has covered the game here at all levels for 29 years.

Contact: dwoody@adn.com

Here's a historically encouraging way of looking at UAA's WCHA series in Grand Forks - 10/25/2012 3:43 pm

Aces: Ambroz released (Plus, Courchaine note) - 10/25/2012 1:26 pm

Aces: Gee, those are some decent linemates Imbeault just got; plus, numbers changes - 10/25/2012 10:45 am

Aces add a defenseman in fourth-year pro Alain Goulet - 10/25/2012 9:59 am

A bunch of Alaska connections play in the Austrian League where Alexandre Imbeault began the season - 10/24/2012 5:41 pm

Man, UAA's Early Schedule Is Odd - 10/24/2012 5:07 pm

Former Aces Center Imbeault Is Now Current Aces Center Imbeault (UPDATED) - 10/24/2012 1:16 pm

North Pole's Copley Is WCHA Rookie Of The Week - 10/23/2012 12:19 pm

Is Beagle The Next Seawolf To Ascend?

Not that their are many candidates, but center Jay Beagle might be the best bet as the next former UAA Seawolves skater to ascend to the NHL.

Less than a year after leaving UAA following his sophomore season, Beagle already has won a Kelly Cup with the Idaho Steelheads in the ECHL. And now he's flourishing with the Hershey Bears in the American Hockey League, one step below the world's best league.

In Hershey, which is affiliated with the Washington Capitals, Beagle owns 8-5--13 totals and an even plus-minus rating in 20 games. He is tied for second on the team in goals and fourth in points. Not bad for a guy who only has 46 pro games under his belt, playoffs included.

Beagle, 22, is a 6-foot-3, 200-pounder who is good in the face-off circle and has played on both special teams this season. It probably doesn't hurt either that the big club, the Caps, entered Tuesday with the fewest points in the NHL.

For trivia buffs, six former UAA players have ascended to the NHL (active players are linked): winger Mike Peluso (he played D in college), winger Rob Conn, defenseman Jeff Batters (who died in an auto accident in 1996), goaltender Gregg Naumenko, defenseman Duvie Westcott and winger Curtis Glencross. Westcott and Glencross currently play for the Columbus Blue Jackets.

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  2     February 4, 2009 - 3:54pm | z7mh

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  1     December 12, 2007 - 2:29pm | klm02

Looking That Way

I have actually been wondering this for awhile now. Beagle seemed to start a little slow in the AHL but has taken off recently. He is putting up solid number has the size and speed, takes face-offs and everything. My guess is this year probably next year in the AHL then after probably start getting call ups and that leading to hopefully a full time gig in the big league.

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