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

It Wasn't Always Big Bucks And National Titles For Minnesota Bench Boss Don Lucia (He Recalls His Fairbanks Days)

Former UAF head coach and UAA assistant coach Don Lucia has deep roots in Fairbanks -- it's where he started coaching, where he met his wife, Joyce, and where their four children were born.

Even though he's a big-timer now as head coach at Minnesota -- making high six figures, two national titles in the bag, a No. 1 ranking and one win shy of 600 -- Lucia well remembers the modest beginnings of his college coaching career. Man, back in the day, he had a sweet, modest mullet, and that comes first-hand because The Blog knows whereof he speaks when it comes to mullets because his was outrageously awesome or egregious, depending on your point of view.

Anyhow, you can read all about Lucia's years in Fairbanks here in a Minneapolis Star-Tribune story by Michael Russo, who is doing some college pucks because his usual gig is writing about the NHL, which you may have noticed is not playing actual hockey games.

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