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.

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The Bjornsen siblings collected medals for the Alaska Pacific University ski team Thursday at the U.S. cross-country championships in Sun Valley, Idaho.Beth Bragg
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
A fourth-place finish by Eli Hermanson and Ryan Brubaker in the nordic combined relay was the top result by a group of Alaska ski jumpers at the recent U.S. Junior National Championships in Colorado.Alaska Dispatch News
Spain's Kilian Jornet is widely considered the world's best mountain runner and he's applied to run Mount Marathon, Alaska's biggest mountain race, on the Fourth of July in Seward.Doyle Woody
A wheelchair-accessible van decorated by his classmates was delivered to the home of West High freshman Aron Fa'afetai on Tuesday -- the second time this year the Ford Windstar has been donated to an Alaska family facing extreme challenges. Alaska Dispatch News
As coach Rob Murray keeps moving to strengthen his Alaska Aces team on its playoff push, the club has signed rookie free agent center Slater Doggett, who just closed his major-junior career.Doyle Woody
Bailey would become the 15th Alaskan to play in the world's best hockey league and the fifth to debut there without a stop in the minor leagues.Doyle Woody
Idle on Wednesday, the Alaska Aces got some help in their playoff push when Idaho beat Utah, 5-3.Doyle Woody
All nine Alaska entries -- six boys teams and three girls teams -- will compete in Tier II, the second level of American youth pucks.Alaska Dispatch News