PEORIA ASSIGNS SEVEN PLAYERS TO ALASKA
The Alaska Aces, proud affiliate of the NHL’s St. Louis Blues and AHL’s Peoria Rivermen, have received seven players on assignment, Head Coach Brent Thompson announced on Tuesday. All seven players, including three who had not previously been signed by Alaska, had been in Peoria’s training camp and joined the Aces for this week’s practice. Additionally, defenseman Chad Anderson was signed by Alaska, giving the Aces eight new players in time for their exhibition opener Tuesday night. Aces training camp began Friday, and on Tuesday and Wednesday, they play their two exhibition games against the Stockton Thunder. Join the Aces both nights at 7:15pm at the Sullivan Arena for “Purple with Purpose,” a two-night, fundraising event to aid the fight against cancer. The Aces will dye the ice purple, wear purple game jerseys, and have several purple-themed promotions at the game. A portion of the proceeds from the game will go to benefit local cancer research and cancer patients. For more information, please contact the Aces at 907.258.ACES or visit them online at www.alaskaaces.com.
In the transactions, the Aces were assigned a total of seven players, including four that were under contract with Alaska, but attending training camp in the AHL with the Rivermen. Those players were forwards, Jared Stewart, Ethan Cox, and Pierce Norton, along with defenseman, Alex Dzielski (JELL-ski). Additionally, the Aces received the rights to forward, Kory Falite (fuh-LEE-TEE), defenseman, Mark Ishwerwood, and goaltender Gerald Coleman.
Falite, 24, is a rookie forward coming off of a stellar career at the University of Massachusetts - Lowell. A product of nearby Billerica, MA, the 5’10”, 175 lbs. Falite was a consistent scoring threat over the last four years. In each season of his collegiate career, Falite finished in the top five in team points, taking the team scoring title outright as both a sophomore and senior. In every season, Falite led the team in goals, posting an impressive resume of 106 points (60g, 46a) in 141 games.
Isherwood, 21, is making his pro debut this season, coming out of the WHL. He has spent the last five years with the Medicine Hat Tigers, and anchored a high-scoring defensive corps over that time. Specifically in the last three seasons, Isherwood was a big part of the offense from the blue line. Since the start of the 2007-2008 season, the 6’0”, 180lbs. Isherwood combined for 124 points (43g, 81a) in three years. A native of Abbostsford, BC, Isherwood led all Tigers defensemen in points and goals in each of the last three seasons.
Coleman, 25, has been an AHL goaltender for all or part of each of his five seasons of pro hockey. The 6’5”, 210lbs. backstop has played in 181 games in his career. 98 of those games have been played in the ECHL, 81 came in the AHL, and Coleman played in two NHL games for the Tampa Bay Lightning in the 2005-2006 season. Coleman was a seventh round selection of the Lightning in the 2003 NHL Draft. In his two NHL relief appearances, Coleman surrendered a combined two goals on 17 shots in 43 minutes for a 2.77 GAA, and .882 save percentage. Most recently, Coleman played for the ECHL’s Trenton Devils over the last two seasons in addition to stints in the AHL. For the Devils, the Evanston, IL native played in 68 games, earning a solid record of 38-17-9.
Anderson, 28, brings a stellar resume as a defensive defenseman to Alaska. A lumbering blue liner, standing 6’4”, weighing 218 lbs., Anderson has spent almost his entire pro career in the AHL. Aside from two games played for Las Vegas as an amateur, the Chisago City, MN native has played exclusively in the AHL for the Philadelphia Phantoms and the Hamilton Bulldogs. Anderson played in 163 games over the last three years, accounting for 27 points (8g, 19a). Last year Anderson helped the Bulldogs to within a game of the Calder Cup Finals, falling in seven games to the Texas Stars in the Conference Finals. Prior to his pro career, Anderson set up roots in Anchorage, playing his collegiate hockey for the University of Alaska - Anchorage for four seasons. This will be his first return to the ECHL or Alaska since his senior year in 2006-2007.
The Alaska Aces are just 10 days away from opening night of the 2010-2011 regular season, and kick off their exhibition season opener tonight at 7:15pm. Make your plans to be a part of all the hard-hitting, fast-paced action of Aces hockey. Season tickets and corporate packages are currently available through the Aces office. For more information, please call the Aces at 907.258.ACES or visit them online at www.alaskaaces.com.