The Alaska Aces have found out the identity of the goaltender they are receiving from the AHL's Abbotsford Heat -- rookie Laurent Brossoit, a decorated goalie in major junior, is among seven guys (four of them Aces returners or signees) headed here in time for training camp, which opens Friday.
Also headed here, as previously reported, are defenseman James Martin, who played most of last season with ECHL Utah; rookie defenseman Zach Davies; sniper Peter Sivak; and Aces returners in defenseman Kane Lafranchise and wingers Jordan Kremyr and Andy Taranto.
All that news was announced by Abbotsford today.
Brossoit, 20, killed it for the Edmonton Oil Kings in the WHL. The sixth-round pick of the Calgary Flames -- Abbotsford and Alaska are Calgary affiliates -- helped the Oil Kings to the WHL title two seasons ago and was MVP of the championship series. He helped the Oil Kings to a runner-up finish in last spring's league finals.
Brossoit last regular season went 33-8-6 with a 2.25 goals-against average, .917 save percentage and five shutouts. Two seasons ago, he went 42-13-5 with a 2.47, .914 and three shutouts.
He will no doubt get some time with the Aces early in the season because 1) Calgary didn't send him here to sit; and 2) Aces veteran Gerald Coleman won't be ready at season's start because of offseason hip surgery.
Looks like Alaska's goaltending tandem to start the season will be returner Mark Guggenberger and Brossoit.
Martin last season went 3-10--13 in 44 games for Utah and also played five games for the Heat. Davies in four seasons at Quinnipiac put up 9-46--55 totals in 158 career games. Last season, when the Bobcats finished as Division I runners-up to Yale, Davies went 2-15--17 in 43 games.
According to capgeek.com, Brossoit and Martin are under contract to Calgary.
Check for more on these developments later today on adn.com and also in Thursday's dead-trees edition of the ADN.