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

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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

A bunch of Alaska connections play in the Austrian League where Alexandre Imbeault began the season

Clicking around the series of tubes today after the news broke that the Alaska Aces traded for former Aces center Alexandre Imbeault, couldn't help but notice all the Alaska connections in the Austrian league where Imbeault briefly played to start the season.

One of his teammates with Slovenia-based Olimpija Ljubljana was former Aces center Brock McBride, who is tied for second on that circuit in points with 6-15--21 and +13 totals in 13 games. He's also tied for first in the league in plus-minus.

The league leader in goals-against average and save percentage is none other than former Aces goaltender Jean-Philippe Lamoureux, who owns 2.15 and .943 totals in 11 games for Villacher SV. (Mrs. Blog does not fondly recall JP's 2008-09 season with the Aces -- JP propelled them to Game 7 of the Kelly Cup Finals, and by the time the playoffs rolled around she felt like the Aces were hogging The Blog. The Blog came home one playoff night and, in answer to a question, said the Aces won by shutout, and she referred to JP as "that little MFer.'' The next round, another JP shutout prompted this from Mrs. Blog: "What is even doing in this league?'' Good question).

In any event, here's some other Alaska connections playing this season in the Austrian league:

EC Salzburg -- Former Aces defenseman Ryan Glenn, 0-5--5 and -4 in 11 games.

Klagenfurter AC -- Former Aces sniper John Lammers, 5-12--17 and +9 in 14 games.

Medvescak Zagreb -- Former UAF center Adam Naglich, tied for 9th on the circuit in points with 4-14--18 and +5 totals in 14 games. Former UAF and (briefly) NHL winger Kyle Greentree, tied for 12th in league in points wth 8-8--16 and -1 totals in 13 games. Former UAF and Aces winger Curtis Fraser, 6-0--6 and -3 in 14 games. And former Aces forward Alex Leavitt, 1-3--4 and -1 in nine games.

Vienna Capitals -- Former Aces sniper Josh Soares, 4-8--12 and even totals in 14 games.

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