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

Sullivan Arena Update: Repairs Proceeding, Should Know More Thursday

Talked to Joe Wooden earlier today -- he's the GM of SMG, which runs Sullivan Arena -- and he said repairs to the system that allows ice to be made in the rink were proceeding well, and we should know Thursday whether the Alaska Aces can play their exhibition games on the rink Monday and Tuesday nights.

Aces managing member Terry Parks, who seems to The Blog to usually have a good handle on these things and has been visiting Sullivan and staying in frequent touch with Wooden, said he is confident the matches against the Las Vegas Wranglers will be played at Sullivan.

If you're late to the party, corroded piping was recently discovered at the arena, and that problem made making ice a no-go. Which is sort of a big deal considering the Aces and UAA Seawolves have scheduled a minimum of 55 hockey games there this season and are the building's most frequent tenants.

Repairs prompted the Make It Alaska Festival, scheduled in Sullivan this weekend, to be canceled. The festival was rescheduled for Nov. 2-4 at Sullivan (The Aces are in Stockton, Calif., that weekend, and the Seawolves are idle).

Stay tuned.

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