ANCHORAGE – Six newcomers will make up the incoming class for the 2013-14 Alaska Anchorage hockey season, announced Thursday by first-year head coach Matt Thomas.
The class with be comprised five forwards and one defenseman, with four hailing from Canada and two from Alaska. Joining the Seawolves are rookies Tanner Dusyk, Brad Duwe, Hudson Friesen, Dylan Hubbs, Zack Rassell and Chase Van Allen.
“This group of freshmen will give us an immediate boost in all areas,” said Thomas. “It's a well-rounded class that should make a seamless transition to the college game. We graduated some high-character individuals and it will be important for this class to make an impact.”
Wearing No. 14 for the Seawolves will be Dusyk (5-9, 172 lbs), a forward from Montmartre, Saskatchewan. Prior to coming to UAA, he dressed with the AJHL's Bonnyville Pontiacs for two seasons, where he played with current Seawolf Blake Leask. Dusyk led the Pontiacs a year ago with 48 points and 22 goals.
Duwe joins the Green & Gold after three seasons with the Kenai River Brown Bears in his hometown of Soldotna. A 6-1, 180-pound forward, Duwe will wear No. 18 for UAA. He produced 41 goals and 60 assists in 123 games for the Brown Bears, while contributing with five points last season in the playoffs.
A local of East St. Paul, Manitoba, Friesen (6-2, 190 lbs) comes to UAA after dressing for the Selkirk Steelers of the MJHL from 2010-13. During his tenure with the Steelers, Friesen – who will sport No. 27 for the Seawolves and skate as a forward – registered 67 goals and 88 assists for 155 points in 166 games.
Ranking in the top 20 of last season’s AJHL scoring list was 5-9, 161-pound forward Hubbs. A native of Beaumont, Alberta, Hubbs heads to Alaska after playing with the Olds Grizzlys since 2010. Donning No. 39 for the Seawolves, he recorded 108 points with the Grizzlys in 168 games.
Playing junior hockey since 2008, Rassell’s experience landed him at No. 12 among the AJHL’s scoring leaders a year ago with 54 points. The 6-2, 195-pound forward from Calgary, Alberta, netted 45 goals and 66 assists in 177 games played with the Canmore Eagles. He will wear No. 40 for the Seawolves.
Anchorage native Van Allen (5-11, 180 lbs) returns home after spending the last two years with the BCHL’s Albernia Valley Bulldogs. UAA’s lone defenseman in the group, Van Allen will dress in No. 2, after collecting 10-41—51 totals with the Bulldogs. Prior to the two years in the BCHL, Van Allen played for the Alaska Avalanche from 2008-11.
The incoming class will join the rest of the Seawolves for the exhibition game against the University of British Columbia at 7:07 p.m. on Oct. 4 at the Wells Fargo Sports Complex. The regular season will commence on Oct. 11-12 with the annual Kendall Hockey Classic, featuring UAA, Alaska Fairbanks, 2013 Frozen Four participant Quinnipiac, and Air Force.
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