Winger Skelly back for Aces

Doyle Woody,Adn Staff

Winger Shawn Skelly certainly had an interesting journey last season, when he toured the nation.

Skelly went from the Mississippi Surge of the Southern Professional Hockey League to the Augusta Riverhawks of the SPHL in a trade. Then the Alaska Aces got him on a loan at a time when they were hurting for bodies following the end of the NHL lockout. And then the Aces traded Skelly and defenseman Chris Haltigin to Bakersfield for first-line winger Evan Trupp of Anchorage.

In the offseason, Skelly, 26, signed with SPHL Pensacola.

But he could end up right back here because the Aces today announced they have signed Skelly, 26, a free agent in the ECHL.

Skelly last season performed well for the Aces, going 7-7--14 and +10 in 19 games. In 52 games overall, for four teams, he earned 24-22--46 and +12 totals.

Today's announcement means the Aces have now announced 20 players for the upcoming season -- 11 forwards, seven defensemen and two goalies. Remember, they are likely to get a few players, too, from Abbotsford of the AHL, their new affiliate.


By DOYLE WOODY, adn.com
Anchorage