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Anchorage’s Jeremy Swayman was named to the NHL’s all-rookie team this week after a stellar first season with the Boston Bruins. Swayman, who finished 111th overall in the 2017 NHL Draft, dominated nearly all rookie goaltender statistical categories during the 2021-22 season.
Swayman had 23 wins in 41 appearances and led all rookie goals – against average (2.41) and save percentage (0.914).
The 23-year-old made his NHL debut in April 2021. He played youth hockey, grew up in Anchorage and spent two seasons on the South High team before switching to junior hockey. He eventually ended up at the University of Maine, where he finished second in the 2020 Hobey Baker Award.
Wolverines reveal 2022-2023 schedule
The schedule for the upcoming North American Hockey League regular season dropped this week and reigning Midwest Division playoff champion Anchorage Wolverines knows who his first opponent will be and when he will play the 2022-23 season opener.
After an inaugural season in which they played the Robertson Cup title game, the Wolverines will host the Janesville Jets in their home opener in a two-game series Oct. 21-22. Before that, Anchorage will open the season September 14-17 at the 19th annual NAHL Showcase Tournament in Blaine, Minnesota at the Super Rink.
The Wolverines open the regular season with a nearly three-week road trip from September 22 to October 8 with two-game series against the Chippewa Steel, Minnesota Wilderness and Fairbanks Ice Dogs. Anchorage will play their domestic rivals for the first time at home on November 4-5, and the regular season will run through April 15, 2023.
Wolverines complete summer recruiting course
Anchorage announced the completion of its recruitment for the 2022-2023 season with a trio of NAHL draft picks. The selection complements the latest trades and current tenders that will report on the team’s training camp in early August.
The three forwards announced include Jake Fisher (2005) fourth-round pick 108, Mason LeBel (2004) sixth-round pick 166, and Kade Shea (2003) seventh-round pick 195.
Fisher is committed to playing Division I hockey in Northern Michigan, LeBel played in one game for the Janesville Jets last season, and Shea played in 42 games between his stints with the Austin Bruins and the Rochester Grizzlies last season regular season.
Fairbanks teenage girls soccer team almost made it to the national team
The Alaska Eclipse girls’ U17 soccer team became the third Alaskan team ever to win a regional title at the USYS Far West Presidents Cup last weekend. They lost 1-0 in the Colorado Rush finals in Phoenix, Arizona on Sunday.
A win would not only have crowned the Eclipse regional champions, but also secured their ticket to July’s national tournament, scheduled to be held in North Carolina. The only two Alaskan teams to win the regional tournament came in the same year and haven’t happened since 2014.
The Eclipse had a strong run into the finals with a 2-0 shutout in their first game and two comfortable 4-1 victories in the quarterfinals and semifinals.