The Alaska Aces have re-signed defenseman Kane Lafranchise and forward Jordan Kremyr for the 2012-2013 season, Aces Head Coach Rob Murray announced on Thursday afternoon. Both players return to Alaska after completing their first full pro seasons with the Aces a year ago.
Lafranchise, 24, has spent his entire pro career with the Aces, spanning 101 combined regular season and postseason games. Last year – in his first complete professional season – Lafranchise was a breakout star on the Aces blue line. The Edmonton, Alberta native finished second among Alaska defensemen in scoring with 34 points (3g-31a), and finished 14th overall among ECHL defensemen. He ended the year ninth in assists by a defenseman. He added 5 points (1g-4a) in 10 playoff games. Lafranchise led the Aces in +/- during the regular season, and finished second among ECHL blue liners with a +20 rating. The 6’1", 199 lbs. Lafranchise was still considered a rookie last year by ECHL standards after joining the team in February 2010 and remaining with the club for the rest of the season and playoffs.
Prior to turning pro, Lafranchise played three seasons for the University of Alaska – Anchorage from 2007-10. In his Seawolves career, the blue liner posted 33 points (9g-24a) in 97 career games. Last season Lafranchise was also recognized by The Hockey News as the winner of the worldwide hockey "Name of the Year" tournament for 2012.
Kremyr, 26, enjoyed a strong, rookie campaign last season for the Aces posting 24 points (14g-10a) and 50 penalty minutes in 52 games. He was Alaska’s leading rookie goal scorer, and finished second on the club in points by a rookie, behind Lafranchise. Kremyr chipped in with three shorthanded goals, tying for the team lead, and finishing tied for fourth among ECHL rookies. The 6’0", 195 lbs. forward made his pro debut in March 2011, playing in one game while the Aces visited Las Vegas and earned a training camp invite last season. Despite getting hurt on the first day of camp, Kremyr rebounded to earn a roster spot and play a pivotal part in the Aces’ Brabham Cup-winning season.