The winger from Anchorage, who recently wrapped a stellar senior season at Minnesota Duluth, became the second Alaska woman to win world championship gold.

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Winger Zoe Hickel of Anchorage scored her first goal for the USA women's national team Friday in a 13-1 drubbing of Russia on Saturday, and the Americans play the Canadians for the gold medal at the Women's World Championship in Sweden on Saturday.Doyle Woody
Alaskans Clair DeGeorge and Avery Dunn helped the Shattuck-St. Mary's (Minnesota) 16-and-under girls win a Tier I national hockey championship Monday, when Team Alaska lost in the title game of the Tier II 16-and-under tournament.Alaska Dispatch News
Helenka Brice's strike in double overtime earned Team Alaska a 2-1 win over the Vermont Shamrocks and a spot in Monday's championship game against the East Coast Wizards of Massachusetts for the Tier II 16-and-under girls title in East Lansing, Michigan.Alaska Dispatch News
The Alaskans advanced to quarterfinal elimination games Sunday, with a chance to move into the semis later in the day.Alaska Dispatch News
Alaska's nine teams in the USA Hockey Youth Nationals went a combined 4-3-2 on Day 2 of three days of pool play around the country.Alaska Dispatch News
Just one week removed from playing for Penn State, Anchorage's Casey Bailey on Thursday night became the 15th Alaskan to play in the world's best hockey league.Doyle Woody
Alaska's girls entries went 2-1 and its boys teams went 4-2 on the opening day of pool play in the USA Hockey Youth Nationals across the country.Alaska Dispatch News

Alaska Aces' 4-1 home loss to the Ontario Reign at the Sullivan Arena on Wednesday, April 8, 2015.

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Aces veteran winger and leading scorer Brendan Connolly was named ECHL's Player of the Month for his blistering March, defenseman Evan Renwick shared the circuit's Plus Player of the Month award and a new defenseman is joining the club.Doyle Woody


UAA's hockey schedule includes newbie Arizona State

UAA's season-opening game in its Kendall Hockey Classic will be against Arizona State, which will be playing its first Division I opponent in its inaugural season in the NCAA's highest division after transitioning from club status.Doyle Woody


Strong support for public education squares with Republican principles

OPINION: Longtime Republican says lawmakers need to understand that investment in education is like investment in defense - essential in an increasingly competitive world.Will Hastings