ACES RE-SIGN CURTIS FRASER, ADD ASST COACH
Anchorage, AK; September 21, 2010 – The Alaska Aces have re-signed forward, Curtis Fraser for the 2010-2011 season, Head Coach Brent Thompson announced on Tuesday. Fraser appeared in 17 games for Alaska last season, and joins the roster as the third returning player from 2009-2010. The Aces preseason “Purple with Purpose” games are set to take place on October 5th and 6th when Alaska hosts the Stockton Thunder. Tickets for the games are currently on sale now. For more information, please call the Aces at 907.258.2237 or visit them online at www.alaskaaces.com.
Fraser, 28, returns for his second season in Alaska, following an injury-plagued year that limited him to just 17 games in 2009-2010. However, in spite of his minimal playing time, Fraser was still nearly a point per game producer, totaling 13 points (8g, 5a) in 17 games. He also was able to return late in the season to appear in four playoff games for the Aces. The upcoming campaign will be the second full season in the ECHL for the Surrey, British Columbia native. From 2007-2009, Fraser spent two seasons in the American Hockey League for the San Antonio Rampage and Peoria Rivermen, respectively. The 6’2”, 200 lbs. forward is playoff tested, appearing in four different postseasons throughout his four-plus year career. Fraser has played in six AHL playoff games, and in 2008, he played in 16 playoff games for the Las Vegas Wranglers. He finished that post season tied for third in team goals with seven, while helping lead Las Vegas to the Kelly Cup Finals. Prior to his pro career, Fraser laid roots in Alaska, playing four seasons of collegiate hockey for the University of Alaska – Fairbanks. While with the Nanooks, he posted 114 points (59g, 55a) in 148 games. Fraser’s addition to the roster joins veterans Scott Burt and Bryan Miller as the three current returning members from last year’s squad.
On Tuesday the Aces also announced the addition of former defenseman, Louis Mass to their coaching staff. Mass will assume the position of Assistant Coach in charge of Player Development, Strength & Conditioning. The 33-year old Mass is originally from Anchorage, and had a five-year career in the ECHL. A product of Bowling Green State University, Mass ended his pro career with three seasons with the Aces. From 2003-2006, Mass played in 180 regular season, and 22 postseason games for Alaska. He finished his Aces career with 38 points (7g, 31a) and 263 penalty minutes. In other team news, the Aces announced that last week they traded the rights to forward Alex Imbeault to Florida, and the rights to defenseman, Nick Tuzzolino to Wheeling in exchange for future considerations.
The Alaska Aces are currently in preparation for their 16th professional season of hockey. The 2010-2011 regular season begins on October 15th at the Sullivan Arena. Season tickets and corporate packages are currently available. Mini-Game ticket packages start at just $111 for the season and are currently available through the Aces office. For more information, please call the Aces at 907.258.2237 or visit them online at www.alaskaaces.com.