The Alaska Aces have signed veteran center Tyler Mosienko, the former Las Vegas Wrangler who possesses both skill and grit. He also comes with some baggage.
Mosienko, 29, last month was one of three players fired by Esbjerg Energy, his team in Denmark, for betting on a game.
According to media reports, Mosienko and teammates Kirill Starkov and Dennis Jensen bet that Rungsted would score in the first period of a match against Esbjerg. Rungsted
According to nfib.com, Mosienko said the bet was not substantial.
"I thought that if I won, and it was discovered, that I might be ordered to pay the money back,'' that website quoted Mosienko as saying. "I did not even know the odds, and I won probably the amount to what it costs to go out to dinner and the movies.''
Mosienko was tied for third in the Denmark league in scoring with 16-27--43 totals in 31 games. Last season with Esbjerg, his 18-26--44 totals in 39 games tied for seventh in the league.
Mosienko has played 300 ECHL games, with 86-167--253 totals, and also has played 53 games in the AHL.
He takes up the Aces' last veteran slot. Each ECHL team is permitting four "veterans,'' defined as skaters -- goalies don't count -- who begin the season with 260 or more pro games on their resume. Alaska's other veterans are defenseman Sean Curry, winger Peter Sivak and center Jordan Morrison.
The Aces say Mosienko will be in the line-up tonight at Ontario.