Alaska connections abounded in Tuesday's Flames-Isles NHL exhibition

Posted by DOYLE WOODY, adn.com on September 18, 2013 

There was certainly an Alaska presence on the ice at the Saddledome in Calgary on Tuesday night, when the Calgary Flames and New York Islanders played an NHL exhibition game.

Calgary's Curtis Glencross, the former UAA winger who is an NHL regular, scored an empty-net goal and furnished two assists in the Flames' 5-3 victory.

Former UAA and Alaska Aces winger Justin Johnson of Anchorage played for the Islanders -- he signed in the offseason with AHL Bridgeport Sound, the Isles' affiliate -- and had one shot on goal and two hits in 10 shifts that covered 5:20 of ice time.

And former Aces forward Chris Bruton skated for the Isles, and had an assist and a +1 rating in 14:10 of ice time that included nearly three minutes of short-handed duty.

Bruton also fought Calgary defenseman Zach McKelvie, who -- and The Blog knows this is a stretch bordering on a pulled muscle -- is the brother of former UAA assistant coach Ryan McKelvie.

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