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Aces, AHL Heat swap 4 players (UPDATED)

Doyle Woody,Adn Staff

Just got word the Alaska Aces and their AHL affiliate, the Abbotsford Heat, have swapped four players -- goaltender Olivier Roy and defenseman Drew MacKenzie are headed to the AHL, and erstwhile Aces winger and alternate captain Jordan Kremyr and Zach McKelvie are headed to the Aces. (The Aces list McKelvie as a defenseman, as does eliteprospects.com, though he's listed as a center in AHL stats -- we'll get if figured out later when touching base with Aces coach Rob Murray).

Roy is headed out, me thinks, because Abbotsford goalie Joey MacDonald is injured.

Roy has been a rock for the Aces, going 13-7-0 with a 2.10 and .922, plus four shutouts. With him shuttling out, the onus is on veteran goalie Gerald Coleman, who shined Saturday in a 4-1 win at Colorado that marked just his third start following offseason hip surgery.

Kremyr in 29 games for the Aces owns 9-3--12 totals and a +12 rating.

McKelvie has not played since Dec. 11, according to AHL stats, so his arrival is likely to get him some games after injury. That's a guess for now, until The Blog talks to the Aces. In nine games with the Heat, McKelvie had an assist and a +1 rating. UPDATE: Aces coach Rob Murray said McKelvie is a natural D-man, but Abbotsford has been working to transition him to forward. With Aces D-man James Martin out with a lower-body injury, Murray said McKelvie will initially play defense for the Aces).

MacKenzie served the Aces well, going 2-5--7 and +11 in 18 games.

We'll try to get more later and update the situation.


By DOYLE WOODY, adn.com
Anchorage