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UAA hockey team adds a dozen players, including three from Alaska

  • Author: Anchorage Daily News
  • Updated: June 9
  • Published June 9

A dozen players, including three Alaskans who played for the Kenai River Brown Bears last season, are joining the UAA hockey team, the school announced Tuesday.

Among those joining the team are forwards Zach Krajnik of Eagle River and Porter Schachle of Wasilla and defenseman Preston Weekes of Soldotna.

Krajnik was the North American Hockey League’s forward of the year in the midwest division, and Weekes was a three-year captain for the Brown Bears. Schachle is the younger brother of Tanner Schachle, who will be a junior for the Seawolves.

All 12 of the new players come from junior hockey leagues throughout North America, including six from the NAHL.

UAA lost six seniors from last season’s 4-25-7 team.

Defensemen

Tyrell Boucher (6-1, 185), Nampa, Alberta. Scored 17 goals and 84 assists in 204 games during four-year junior career with the Grand Prairie Storm of the AJHL and the Cowichan Valley Capitals of the BCHL.

Ethan Gauer (6-0, 185), Farmington, Minn. Scored three goals and 23 assists in 104 games with the Bismarck Bobcats of the NAHL.

Wyatt Head (6-1, 185), Kelowna, British Columbia. Scored 10 goals and 67 assists in 162 games with the West Kelowna Warriors and Coquitlam Express of the BCHL.

Josh Martin (6-3, 205), Brownstown, Mich. Scored five goals and 19 assists in 117 games for the Lone Star Brahmas of the NAHL.

Devon Mussio (6-2, 198), Vancouver, British Columbia. Scored five goals and 72 assists in 216 games in the BCHL and was an alternate captain and winner of the best defenseman award last season with the Nanaimo Clippers.

Preston Weekes (6-3, 205), Soldotna. Scored nine goals and 36 assists in 233 games and was a three-year captain for the Kenai River Brown Bears. He’s the winner of the 2020 NAHL Midwest Division Leadership Award.

Forwards

Olivier Gauthier (5-10, 185), Mont-Tremblant, Quebec. Scored 48 goals and 56 assists in 194 games one season with the Nepean Raiders of the CCHL and two seasons with the Cowichan Valley Capitals of the BCHL.

Zach Krajnik (5-11, 180), Eagle River. Scored 42 goals and 90 assists in 155 games during his three-year career with the Kenai River Brown Bears of the NAHL. Last season he was named Forward of the Year in the NAHL Midwest Division with 18 goals and 38 assists.

Chong-Min Lee (5-11, 188), Seoul, South Korea. Scored 27 goals and 56 assists in 181 games for the Prince George Spruce Kings of the BCHL. He played for South Korea at the World Junior Championships.

Michael Muschitiello (5-10, 170), St. James, New York. Appeared in 113 games in three seasons with the Topeka Pilots of the NAHL and had a career-high 28 assists and 38 points last season.

Daniel Rybarik (5-10, 195), Calgary. Scored 88 goals and 65 assists in 172 career games split between the Salmon Arm Silverbacks of the BCHL and the Calgary Mustangs and the Lloydminster Bobcats of the AJHL. Last season with the Silverbacks, his 31 goals ranked second in the BCHL.

Porter Schachle (6-4, 203), Wasilla. Scored 18 goals and 29 assists in two season for the Brown Bears and is the younger brother of Tanner Schachle, who will be a junior for the Seawolves next season.

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