Only two Alaskans -- as far as The Blog can track -- are playing in the major-junior Western Hockey League, where the playoffs begin this week.
Defenseman Josh Hanson of Eagle River is in his third season with the Portland Winterhawks, who are sorta really good, you know, if you think 57-12-3 for a league-leading 117 points constitutes a good regular season.
Anyhow, Hanson played all 72 games in the regular season, and the 19-year-old, who goes 6-3 and 201 pounds, put up 1-10--11 totals and a +32 rating. The Winterhawks play the Everett Silvertips in a best-of-7 first-round series that drops Friday.
Meanwhile, Anchorage center Justin Guitierrez, a 17-year-old who goes 6-3 and 180, generated 4-5--9 and -5 totals in 48 games for the Tri-City Americans. The Americans, who finished fifth in the Western Conference at 40-27-5, open a best-of-7 series Friday with a road game against the Spokane Chiefs.