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.

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Defenseman Truman Reed Of Anchorage Commits To Providence College

Defenseman Truman Reed of Anchorage, who plays at pucks powerhouse Shattuck-St. Mary's in Minnesota, has orally committed to play beginning in 2013 at Providence College of Hockey East.

Reed is 16 -- he turns 17 on July 7 -- and is finishing his sophomore year at Shattuck, in Faribault, Minn., where several Alaskans play in the elite programs at the school.

He's a 6-foot-2, 205-pound blueliner who shoots right -- seems like coaches are always looking for a righty with an offensive upside -- and has attended Shattuck, a private school with strong academics, since eighth grade.

In 50 games this past season for the Sabres' midget AAA team, Reed racked 13-25--38 totals to lead team defensemen in scoring.

At Providence, Reed will play for new coach Nate Leaman, who as bench boss at Union this past season won the Spencer Penrose Award as Division I's Coach of the Year. He's also been the ECAC Coach of the Year two years running. Leaman moved to Providence last month after eight seasons at Union, where he lifted the hockey team from relative obscurity to its first Division I NCAA tournament berth in program history.

When Reed played in Alaska, he played for the Alaska All Stars program. Reed will complete high school at Shattuck, which annually develops Division I recruits.

Among those who have played at Shattuck are Sidney Crosby, Jonathan Toews and Zach Parise -- three names with which you might be slightly familiar. Also, current Alaska Aces Tyler Ruegsegger and Zach Harrison (injured) played at Shattuck.

Also, Jessica Cohen of Anchorage, a forward on Providence's women's team, played at Shattuck.

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