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Aug 25th, 2011

The 2011 Kelly Cup Champion Alaska Aces announced on Thursday that longtime captain, Scott Burt has retired from his playing career and has accepted a job as an Assistant Coach with the Aces.  The Aces also announced the re-signing of forward, Dan Kissel and defenseman, Russ Sinkewich.  The Aces now have seven players signed for next season – all of whom played for Alaska’s championship team last year.  The Aces will begin the defense of the Kelly Cup Championship with a pair of pre-season games against the Colorado Eagles on October 4 & 5 at Sullivan Arena, promoting cancer awareness. For more information on all Aces related news, please contact the Aces office at 907.258.ACES, or visit them on Facebook at


Burt, 34, hangs up his skates after a record-setting career that spanned 13 years.  For the last three seasons Burt has been the team captain, leading the club to two different appearances in the Kelly Cup Finals, and the 2011 ECHL Championship.  In winning the Kelly Cup in May, Burt became the second person to win the Kelly Cup three times, and the first player in league history to accomplish that feat as a player.  Burt played in 739 regular season games for six different teams, amassing 463 points (203g, 260a) and 1,316 penalty minutes.   He has also appeared in 137 playoff games, reaching the finals in six different seasons, and capturing three Kelly Cup Championships (Alaska, 2011 and Idaho, 2004, 2007).  He led his team to the playoffs in 12 out of his 13 professional seasons. 


His Aces playing career ends with 158 regular season games played.  In those games, the Trail, British Columbia native had 88 points (36g, 52a) and 304 PIM for Alaska.  Burt also added 12 points (8g, 4a) in 33 playoff games for the Aces.  Overall in his career, Burt stands among the leaders in multiple ECHL categories.  Not including his earlier years in the WCHL before the merger, the 5’11”, 185 lbs. forward played in 104 ECHL playoff games – more than any other player in league history.  He also appeared in 586 regular season games, finishing 12th on the all-time ECHL list.  He joins the Aces coaching staff along with recently named Head Coach, Rob Murray and former Aces player and current Assistant Coach/Strength & Conditioning Coach, Louis Mass.


Kissel, 24, was a mid-season acquisition who turned into a huge part of the Aces second-half run last year.  Acquired from the Gwinnet Gladiators in February, Kissel averaged nearly a point per game with Alaska.  He had 23 points (11g, 12a) in 27 games with the Aces, and combined totals of 46 points (20g, 26a) in 72 games overall last season.  He remained a solid force in the playoffs with 11 points (3g, 8a) in 13 games, tying for third among all Aces post-season scorers.  The 5’9”, 180 lbs. Crestwood, IL product started his pro career in strong fashion in 2010 as an amateur out of the University of Notre Dame.  Fresh out of college, Kissel scored seven goals and added an assist in 11 games with the Bakersfield Condors.  He went on to notch a pair of goals and pair of assists in nine playoff games.  Prior to turning pro, Kissel played four collegiate seasons.  In 140 games for the Fighting Irish, Kissel has 57 points (25g, 32a).  In 2008, as a sophomore, Kissel helped the Irish to the NCAA National Championship game. 


Sinkewich, 24, is a steady, stay-at-home defenseman who had a solid campaign with the Aces last season.  A big presence at 6’4”, 215 lbs., Sinkewich was acquired in training camp, and played in 42 games for the Aces.  He finished the year with 8 points (2g, 6a), 55 penalty minutes, and a +18 rating – fourth best on the squad.  Late in the season, Sinkewich was called up to the Abbotsford Heat of the American Hockey League, where he appeared in two games.  It was the third call-up in the short career for the Westlake, OH native, who will begin his third full pro season in Alaska this year.  Sinkewich added two assists in nine playoff games for the Aces last season.  Prior to turning pro, Sinkewich played four seasons of collegiate hockey at Bowling Green State University.  He becomes the third defenseman under contract with the Aces this season, joining veterans Bryan Miller and Steve Ward.


The 2011 Kelly Cup Champion Alaska Aces will begin the 2011-2012 season on Friday, October 14 at Sullivan Arena when they host the Las Vegas Wranglers.  Season ticket and sponsorship packages are currently available through the Aces office at 15th & Gambell.  For more information, please call the Aces at 907.258.ACES or visit them on Facebook at


2011-2012 Alaska Aces

Ethan Cox, F

Wes Goldie, F

Scott Howes, F

Dan Kissel, F

Bryan Miller, D

Russ Sinkewich, D

Steve Ward, D