The NHL season started tonight, so The Blog toured the rosters and found 10 Alaska connections -- five guys from Anchorage and five others who played either college hockey or ECHL hockey in the state.
Here are the dudes:
Boston Bruins -- Former UAF goaltender Chad Johnson.
Calgary Flames -- Former UAA winger Curtis Glencross.
Columbus Blue Jackets -- Center Brandon Dubinsky of Anchorage, who played part of last season for the Alaska Aces because of the NHL lockout.
Florida Panthers -- Center Scott Gomez of Anchorage and winger Joey Crabb of Anchorage, who both played for the Aces last season.
St. Louis Blues -- Winger Ryan Reaves, who served a short stint with the Aces.
Tampa Bay Lightning -- Defenseman Matt Carle of Anchorage and center Nate Thompson of Anchorage -- the latter played with the Aces last season until the lockout ended.
Washington Capitals -- Former UAA center Jay Beagle.
Winnipeg Jets -- Former Aces winger Anthony Peluso.