ANCHORAGE, Alaska – The Alaska Aces have signed a pair of rookie forwards out of the WCHA, Denver’s Brandon Vossberg, and Minnesota State’s Jerad Stewart, to one-year deals for the 2010-11 season.
The 25-year old Vossberg helped the Pioneers achieve a #2 national ranking and the top seed at last year’s NCAA East Regional, where they were stunned in the first round by RIT and finished 27-10-4. A 6-2, 205-pound penalty killing specialist out of St. Paul, Minnesota, Vossberg scored once and assisted on six other goals in 36 games (including a three-point night in a 5-2 win over Michigan Tech Feb. 19) and, along with former Ace Dion Knelsen, was a finalist for the Hockey Humanitarian Award.
Stewart, a 22-year-old from Hastings, Minnesota, played against Vossberg for four years at Minnesota State-Mankato, finishing second on the Mavericks in scoring last year with 25 points on 13 goals (tied for the team lead) and 12 assists. He scored four goals and assisted on another in an 8-2 rout of UAA at Sullivan Arena last November 20, and scored twice each in wins at Bemidji State Dec. 11 and against RIT at home January 1. His junior campaign was highlighted by a game-winning overtime goal against Wisconsin. Stewart’s career totals with the Mavericks included 28 goals and 24 assists in 144 games.