ACES ANNOUNCE SEASON-ENDING ROSTER
Alaska Aces Head Coach Rob Murray announced the team’s 20-man Season-Ending Roster on Friday. The Aces reserve the rights to all 20 players on the roster through the end of June, at which time they can qualify a maximum of eight players for the 2012-2013 season. The Aces will begin the 2012-2013 season on the road and return home on Friday, October 19 at Sullivan Arena. 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 http://www.facebook.com/alaskaaceshockey.
The Aces Season-Ending Roster is made up of 11 forwards, 8 defensemen, and one goaltender.
Forwards: Matt Ambroz, Chris Bruton, Ryan Cruthers, Zach Harrison, Scott Howes, Dan Kissel, Tim Hall, Jordan Kremyr, Nick Mazzolini, Garry Nunn, Tyler Ruegsegger,
Defensemen: Chad Anderson, Brandon Gentile, Kane Lafranchise, Bryan Miller, Russ Sinkewich, Steve Ward, Danny Markowitz, Tyson Marsh
Goaltenders: Gerald Coleman
According to ECHL rules, Season-Ending Rosters may include up to 20 players and cannot include any players who did not sign an ECHL contract in 2011-12.
Each team is entitled to reserve rights to a maximum of eight players from the list of 20 by extending a qualifying offer no later than July 1. Of the eight qualified players, no more than four can be veterans (260 regular season professional hockey games played as of the start of the 2012-13 season). Players on open qualifying offers cannot be traded. Teams are not required to extend a qualifying offer to players who sign a contract prior to July 1.
The qualifying offer must remain open for acceptance until Aug. 1 at which time the qualifying offer becomes null and void and the team may sign the qualified player to any salary or may elect to take no further action. Teams that extend a valid qualifying offer to a non-veteran player shall retain the rights to that qualified player for one playing season.
A team that extends a valid qualifying offer to a veteran player will retain the rights to that veteran until Aug. 1. After Aug. 1, if the veteran player is not signed to a contract by the team, the veteran shall be deemed a restricted free agent and shall be entitled to seek and secure offers of employment from other ECHL teams. Restricted free agents may not be traded. When a restricted free agent receives a contract offer from a team other than the team with the player’s rights and the restricted free agent wishes to accept the contract offer, the restricted free agent and the offering member must, within 24 hours, notify the ECHL, the team with the player’s rights and the Professional Hockey Players’ Association. The member with the player’s rights shall have seven days after the date it is notified to exercise its right to match the contract offer.
If a restricted free agent is not signed to either an offer sheet or a contract by an ECHL team by Aug. 31, the player shall be deemed an unrestricted free agent.
In additional team news, the Aces announced that they have sent the rights to forward Chris Langkow to the Reading Royals to complete a March trade. Langkow appeared in 72 regular season games and 23 playoff games for the Aces over the last two seasons. He had a combined 46 points (18g, 28a) in the regular season and 12 points (8g, 4a) in the playoffs. Langkow spent the majority of the 2011-2012 season in the American Hockey League after a training camp call-up to the Bridgeport Sound Tigers. However, he appeared in just seven games for Bridgeport, missing most of the season due to injury. He returned to Alaska in mid-February to complete the season with Alaska where he totaled 11 points (3g, 8a) in 26 regular season and playoff games.
The Aces 2012-2013 season begins on the road and the club will return home on Friday, October 19 at Sullivan Arena. 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 http://www.facebook.com/alaskaaceshockey.