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ACES ADD NHL VETERAN

ACES ADD NHL VETERAN

Oct 29th, 2009

ANCHORAGE, Alaska -- On the eve of their three-game series against first-place Idaho, the Alaska Aces have signed winger Eric Boguniecki (pictured with the Islanders two years ago) to an ECHL contract.
 
The 34-year-old native of New Haven, Connecticut returns to the ECHL after 12 seasons, dating back to his rookie year in 1997.  Originally an eighth round pick (#193 overall) of St. Louis in the 1993 NHL Draft, Boguniecki first reached the NHL with Florida in 2000 before moving back to the Blues, for whom he played a full season in 2002-03, finishing fifth on the team in goals (22) and seventh in points (49).  His most recent NHL action came in 2006 with Pittsburgh and an 11-game stint the following year in Long Island.  Last year, Boguniecki scored 18 goals and assisted on 16 others for Anaheim's top affiliate, the Iowa Chops, who did not return to the AHL this season.
 
Boguniecki‚Äôs NHL totals include 178 games, 34 goals, 42 assists, and 105 PIM.  He earned the Les Cunningham award as the Most Valuable Player in the AHL with Worcester in 2002.  His playoff totals include nine games in the NHL (1g-3a), all with St. Louis, and 25 others in the AHL, IHL, or DEL (10g-10a).  Prior to turning pro, Boguniecki enjoyed a terrific four-year run at the University of New Hampshire (78g-95a in 142 games, including 109 points over his final two seasons) between 1993-97.  With 656 professional games to his credit, he becomes Alaska's fourth and final "veteran" (260 or more pro games played) on the current roster.

The Aces (4-2) will try to end Idaho's 5-0 run to open the year tomorrow night at 7:15 p.m. in the opener of a three-game set that continues Saturday at 7:15 p.m. and Sunday at 5:05 p.m.   The series finale features the first postgame "Skate with the Aces," presented by Fred Meyer.  The Steelheads swept Stockton at home in a three-game series to open the season, then beat Utah twice on the road last weekend.  Alaska went 4-1-1 against Idaho last year.  All three games will be broadcast live on KFQD 750 AM.