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Athletes ready to get down and dirty and characteristically passionate fans – hockey season is back! Established in 1989, the Alaska Aces are Anchorage’s official hockey team. As if you needed another reason to visit Alaska’s largest city, Anchorage’s Alaska Aces promise heart-pounding hockey action from October well into the spring. With all this activity taking place outside of the summer peak season, you can even get lower rates at the Westmark Anchorage! Don your glacier-blue gear, break out your cowbells and head to the Sullivan Arena to experience world-class hockey in the Last Frontier.
Do the names Scott Gomez, Brandon Dubinsky or Nate Thompson sound familiar? If you’re a hockey fan they do. All three are current NHL players who have previously played for the Alaska Aces. The Aces are the ECHL (East Coast Hockey League) affiliate of the AHL (American Hockey League) Abbotsford Heat and the NHL (National Hockey League) Calgary Flames. The Aces regularly has talent on its roster that has played in, or will play in, the world’s most prestigious ice hockey league, the NHL.
After falling to the Stockton Thunder in round two of the Kelly Cup Finals last year, the Aces are back with a vengeance to win back the championship that was theirs in 2011. The two-time Kelly Cup Champion Aces’ pre-season begins Tuesday, Oct. 8 against the Cincinnati Cyclones. The puck drops for the regular season with a home game on Friday, Oct. 18 against the San Francisco Bulls. Click here to view the full 2013-2014 Aces season schedule.
After an Aces win, swing by the Westmark Anchorage Hotel’s Solstice Bar & Grill for a cold beverage and tasty Alaska seafood. Or, Alaskans can make a weekend of it by taking advantage of the PFD special that includes a night’s stay and breakfast for two for only $95! And, for those of you that can’t get enough Aces action, check out AcesdTV for Aces highlights, interviews and more original features.