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

Las Vegas' Madill Suspended For Tonight's Exhibition Game With Aces (Notes)

Las Vegas captain Mike Madill, who received a match penalty for his hit on Alaska Aces rookie Tim Hall in Monday night's 3-2 Aces exhibition victory has been suspended for one game by the ECHL and will sit out tonight's preseason series finale.

Just so you know -- Madill's hit was out of character for him. That's not his MO. In five full ECHL seasons, he has never collected more than 60 penalty minutes, and The Blog's impression of him over the years is he is an earnest, clean player.

Hall is listed as day-to-day by the Aces -- he took the hit to the head. The Aces play this stuff -- anything involving the head -- pretty close to the vest, as do most pro teams, but it feels like they are mostly being cautious with Hall, which makes sense. He won't be in the lineup tonight, we imagine, because he didn't skate today (or if he did, The Blog missed him). Anyhow, that's what's up.

Also, Aces center Nate Thompson, the NHLer from Anchorage, has officially signed an ECHL contract with the club. He'll be in the lineup tonight.

In other ECHL news, Utah signed former Aces defenseman Mark Isherwood. He joins former Aces Nick Tuzzolino and Kory Falite on the Grizzlies, who will be here Oct. 19-20 for the Aces' home-opening series. Also, former Aces goaltender Adam Courchaine officially signed with Greenville.

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