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Sep 26th, 2012

The Alaska Aces have re-signed defensemen Russ Sinkewich and Danny Markowitz and forwards Zach Harrison and Matt Ambroz for the 2012-2013 season, Head Coach Rob Murray announced on Wednesday.  Aces training camp opens on Friday and the 2012-2013 Aces season begins on the road on October 12.  The club will return home on Friday, October 19 at Sullivan Arena for their regular season home opener.  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    


Sinkewich, 27, is back for his third season with the Aces.  The 6’4”, 219 lbs. defenseman split time last year between the Aces and a pair of AHL clubs.  After opening the year with Alaska, Sinkewich was called up to Abbotsford Heat in December.  Sinkewich had six points (2g, 4a), 34 PIM and was a +13 in 23 games with the Aces.  At the time of his call-up, he was fifth in the league in plus-minus.  He appeared in 21 games with the Heat before finishing the year with the Bridgeport Sound Tigers, under former Aces Head Coach, Brent Thompson.  The defensive-minded blue liner had an assist, 28 penalty minutes, and was a +4 in his 29 combined AHL games last season.  He joined the Aces at the beginning of the 2010-2011 season where he skated in 42 games for Alaska, registering 8 points (2g, 6a), 55 PIM, and was a +18.  In 65 career Aces games he has 14 points (4g, 10a), 91 PIM, and is a +31.  He also appeared in nine games for the Aces during their 2011 Kelly Championship postseason, chipping in with two assists.  He has played 192 career games, with 41 coming at the AHL level for four different teams.  Prior to turning pro, the Westlake, OH native played four seasons of collegiate hockey at Bowling Green State University. 


Markowitz, 24, re-signs with Alaska after joining the team in November and remaining with the club through the end of the season.  Last season Markowitz played in 47 games for Alaska, registering 4 points (g, 3a), 13 penalty minutes and a +1 rating.  He opened the season in the SPHL with the Fayetteville FireAntz, where he was among the highest scoring defensemen in the league.  Markowitz had 6 points (2g, 4a) in his first five games of the season, before being summoned to Alaska.  Prior to turning pro, the 6’0”, 182 lbs.  Jericho, NY native played three seasons of collegiate hockey at Dartmouth.  He appeared in 80 games, before missing his senior year with an injury.  Before college, Markowitz played in the USHL, splitting the 2006-2007 season between the Tri-City Storm and the Ohio Junior Blue Jackets.   


Harrison, 24, returns to Alaska for his third season in glacier blue.  The Flint, MI native has spent his entire pro career with the Aces after being acquired in the second week of the 2010-2011 season.  Harrison was one of the Aces most inspiring stories last season, overcoming a career-threatening injury to appear in 63 games and register 30 points (8g, 22a).  On February 4, 2011 in a game in Victoria, British Columbia, Harrison went awkwardly into the boards feet first, and broke his leg, ending his rookie season, and threatening his playing future.  Following a long rehabilitation, Harrison rejoined the Aces almost eight months after the injury in time for the start of the 2011-12 campaign.  In 104 career regular season games – all with the Aces – Harrison has 45 points (13g, 32a),65 PIM and a +7 rating.  Harrison also added one assist in eight playoff games last season.  Before turning pro, the 5’11”, 180 lbs. forward was a four-year member of the University of Minnesota-Mankato.  In his time there, Harrison had 70 points (26g, 44a) in 152 games.  As a senior, Harrison finished the season with career highs of 16 assists and 24 points, and finished the year just two points off the team lead.


Ambroz, 25, returns to Alaska after spending his rookie season with the club.  Ambroz appeared in 48 games for the Aces last season, contributing 10 points (3g, 7a) and a team-high 88 penalty minutes.  His 12 major penalties led the Aces and ranked tied for second among ECHL rookies.  The 6’4”, 210 lbs. Ambroz made his pro debut as an amateur in the 2011 ECHL postseason. He appeared in one game during the Aces Kelly Cup run, playing in Game Four of the Western Conference Finals in Victoria, as the Aces clinched the conference championship.  Prior to turning pro, the New Prague, MN native completed a four-year collegiate career at the University of Nebraska – Omaha. He totaled 90 points (43g, 47a) and 248 PIM in 154 games with UNO.  As a senior, Ambroz led the team in goals and finished second in points posting 17 goals, 17 assists, and 34 points in 39 games.  His 17 goals placed him in the top-10 most productive goal scoring seasons in Mavericks history.  Last fall he attended training camp with the AHL’s Syracuse Crunch.


The quartet of Aces returners gives Alaska 13 players under contract who were on last year’s Aces team.  They are Matt Ambroz, Gerald Coleman, Tim Hall, Zach Harrison, Jordan Kremyr, Kane Lafranchise, Danny Markowitz, Nick Mazzolini, Garry Nunn, James Reid, Tyler Ruegsegger, Russ Sinkewich, and Steve Ward.  The Aces have 20 total players under contract with training camp set to open on Friday morning. Their roster consists of three goaltenders, six defensemen, and 11 forwards.


2012-2013 Alaska Aces Roster

Gerald Coleman               , G

Mark Guggenberger, G

James Reid, G


Sean Curry, D

Kane Lafranchise, D

Danny Markowitz, D

Todd Orlando, D

Russ Sinkewich, D

Steve Ward, D


Matt Ambroz, F

Tim Hall, F

Zach Harrison, F

Bobby Hughes, F

Jordan Kremyr, F

Nick Mazzolini, F

Tommy Mele, F

Garry Nunn, F

Matt Robinson, F

Tyler Ruegsegger, F

Jarred Smith, F


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