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

Happy Holidays -- Anchorage's Austin Wuthrich Is Notre Dame-Bound

Despite suffering a broken leg in the second game of the season, forward Austin Wuthrich of Anchorage, who plays for USA Hockey's Under-18 team in the National Team Development Program, has secured a scholarship from Notre Dame.

Wuthrich, 17, said he committed to the Irish on Thursday night and will join them as a true freshman next fall.

Wuthrich, speaking from Ann Arbor, Mich., where the NTDP is based, said he visited Notre Dame on Wednesday and Thursday and committed to coach Jeff Jackson over the phone Thursday night after he returned to Ann Arbor.

"I'm so excited,'' Wuthrich said.

He said he was impressed with the Notre Dame campus and its academic reputation, excited about the new rink there that will open next season and looking forward to playing for Jackson, considered one of the best coaches in the college ranks.

Wuthrich, a former South High and Alaska All Stars forward, underwent surgery for his broken leg. Surgeons inserted a plate and screws into his leg. He's still in a walking boot, but expects to get back on the ice in mid-February and hopes to be playing again about a month later.

Look for more on Wuthrich in Saturday's dead-trees edition of the ADN.

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