Reid rooting for fiancee
Not that we expect Alaskans to root for anything other than a gold medal for Palmer's Kerry Weiland in today's gold-medal women's hockey game at the Winter Olympics, but at least one member of the Alaska Aces will be cheering for Canada.
And for good reason.
Aces goaltender Scott Reid is engaged to Canadian defenseman Meaghan Mikkelson, whom he met three years ago when they worked together at a hockey school in Edmonton.
Reid earned massive points last week when he made it to Vancouver for one of Canada's preliminary games.
With the Aces in Victoria for a series with the Salmon Kings just as the Olympics were beginning, Reid went straight from a Sunday matinee game with Victoria to Vancouver, where he arrived in time for dinner that night with Mikkelson and her parents, Bill and Betsy. He spent the night with his future in-laws and attended Team Canada's 10-1 romp over Switzerland the next day.
"It was awesome," Reid said. "I saw her almost score a goal."
According to the Aces, he plans to see her play for gold today. The team is in Boise for a three-game series, and today is an off-day so Reid is going to make another quick trip to Vancouver.
Mikkelson -- who wears No. 12 -- comes from a hockey family. Bill is a former NHL defenseman and her little brother Brendan is a defenseman who has played 56 NHL games with the Anaheim Ducks this season and last. (He's currently in the AHL).
Like Weiland, Mikkelson is an Olympic rookie. She owns World Championship silver medals from 2009 and 2008 -- the years Weiland and her teammates collected gold.
Like Weiland, Mikkelson played hockey at the University of Wisconsin for current U.S. Olympic women's coach Mark Johnson, the Miracle on Ice stud. She won national titles at Wisconsin as a senior in 2007 and a junior in 2006.
And like Weiland, she led NCAA Division I defensemen in scoring during one of her seasons with the Badgers.
All those similarities mean nothing today. Both are going for the gold, but only one of them will get it.
Watch the game live
Today's goal-medal women's hockey game will air live on MSNBC (GCI cable Channel 66). Coverage begins at 2 p.m. AST; the puck drops at 2:30. Weiland wears No. 23.
Alaskans at the Olympics
(all times AST)
Women's cross country, relay, 10 a.m (Kikkan Randall, Holly Brooks)
Women's hockey, gold-medal game, 2:30 p.m. (Kerry Weiland)
Men's biathlon, relay, 10:30 a.m. (Jay Hakkinen, Jeremy Teela)
Women's cross country, 30-K classic, 10:45 a.m. (Randall, Brooks, pending coaches' decision)
Men's cross country, 50-K classic. 8:30 a.m. (James Southam, pending coaches' decision)
Vancouver Olympics 411
"O Canada," one the world's most stirring anthems, is believed to have been inspired by Mozart's "Marsch der Priester" (March of the Priests).
James Southam, cross-country skier from Anchorage, on word that he earned start positions in a pair of World Cup races next month in Finland and Norway:
"Good news. I get to go to the Lahti and Oslo World Cups! Now I just need to pay for it..."
-- tweet at nbcolympics.com
Compiled by Anchorage Daily News sports editor Beth Bragg. Daily News wire services contributed to this report.Photos: Alaskans at the Olympics
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