The team effort of Kenai and Soldotna has successfully wooed the Anchorage Aces to the Central Peninsula for the team's fall training camp. The full-blown media event is expected to draw faithful fans and hard hockey enthusiasts from all over Alaska to the Soldotna Sports Center September 28th - October 4th.
34 hockey players will be competing for 21 jobs with the Aces. According to Andrew Carmichael, Soldotna Sports Center manager, there will be a two-hour morning training session every day followed by afternoon and evening scrimmages where the Aces new coach, Stanley Cup veteran, Butch Gohring, will look over the hopefuls during a simulated game situation.
"I think the athletes coming in are going to be very charged and excited about playing for Butch. He has coached in the big show as well as four Stanley Cup rings. Most of us have never even seen a Stanley Cup ring let alone excelled at the sport at the level that he has. No doubt the guys will be giving there all to make a good impression," said Carmichael.
Tentatively the admission fee for the officiated scrimmages will be split with the local KPHA and the Denali Ice Club as a fundraiser. "These groups were very cooperative in moving some of their practices to accommodate the Aces training camp, and in light of that the Aces thought a small admission fee would help raise some money for those clubs," added Carmichael.
October 5th and 6th, the Aces have also scheduled two pre-season exhibition games with the Colorado Gold Kings. "There is some old rivalry between the Aces and the Kings, these games should offer some great hockey for fans," said Carmichael who hopes to sell out the Sports Center for both games. Tickets are on sale at the Soldotna Sports Center.
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