ANCHORAGE, ALASKA – Former Alaska Anchorage hockey players Olivier Mantha and Tad Kozun each signed professional contracts recently.

Mantha signed a one-year contract with the Syracuse Crunch of the American Hockey League. He was then loaned to the Adirondack Thunder of the East Coast Hockey League.

Mantha appeared in 31 games with Alaska Anchorage this season earning a 3.43 goals against average and .903 save percentage to go along with a 4-23-4 record. The La Tuque, Montreal native skated in 122 contests with UAA over four seasons from 2014 to 2018 compiling a 28-77-14 record. He served as an alternate captain during his junior and senior seasons.

The 6-foot-1, 192-pound backstop completed his career at Anchorage with 3,449 saves, the most of any UAA goaltender. He also set school records in career save percentage (.908) and career minutes (6973:22) and finished fourth in goals against average (3.01) and sixth in wins (28). His 946 saves this season were one short of the season record set by Paul Krake in 1990-91. He was most recently named WCHA Goalie of the Week on Feb. 26.

Tad Kozun signed with the South Carolina Stingrays of the East Coast Hockey League.

Kozun, a native of Nipawin, Sask., scored 15 points on five goals and 10 assists. The 5-foot-11, 181 pound forward played in a total of 133 games over the past four seasons and scored 69 points (29 goals, 40 assists).