The Alaska Aces will be without erstwhile NHL winger Brandon Dubinsky when they open a three-game ECHL home series against the Colorado Eagles on Wednesday night -- and they'll be without him for weeks.
Dubinsky, the team's leading scorer, suffered a broken hand Saturday night in a 6-4 win at Las Vegas that completed a three-game sweep. Dubinsky said he broke his hand -- it's the third time he has broken his right hand in his career -- blocking a shot.
"Pretty brutal,'' he said.
Dubinsky, of Anchorage, leads the team in scoring with 8-4--12 totals in 12 games. A broken hand usually means a player is out 4-6 weeks. Dubinsky said the injury will not require surgery.
He is one of four Anchorage NHLers playing for the Aces during the NHL lockout.
NHL center Scott Gomez, who played for the Aces during the lockout of 2004-05, is expected to make his season debut Wednesday night.
The other NHLers playing for the Aces are winger Joey Crabb and center Nate Thompson.
Colorado comes to town with a five-game winning streak in which it has outscored opponents 35-9.