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Pair of local products join Aces


ANCHORAGE, Alaska - The Alaska Aces announced the signing of goaltender Steven Summerhays and forward Tyler Currier for the 2014-15 season.

Summerhays, a product of the University of Notre Dame and Currier, who played at the University of Alaska-Anchorage, both grew up in Anchorage and attended A.J. Dimond High School.

Summerhays, 23, boasted a career record of 57-38-5 for Notre Dame in four seasons, leaving the Fighting Irish ranked second all-time in wins (57) and goals against average (2.19), third in save percentage (.914) and the program's all-time leader in shutouts (13). He was named Notre Dame's Most Valuable Player as a senior, when he led the country in shutouts (7) and led Hockey East in wins (21) and minutes played (2,234). His 2.04 goals-against-average was second in the conference and he ranked sixth with a .923 save percentage. Summerhays made his pro debut last season with the Fort Wayne Komets, going 2-0-0 with a 1.92 goals-against-average and .922 save percentage in two games.

Currier, 26, suited up in 103 career games for UAA in four seasons from 2009-13 with 15 points (7g-8a) and 116 penalty minutes. He earned the Leon Thompson Fan Favorite award in a vote by UAA fans as a 2012-13 senior when he suited up in a career high 36 games. Currier skated with the Missouri Mavericks of the Central Hockey League as a rookie last season with nine points (4g-5a) and 22 penalty minutes while adding a goal in four playoff games. Prior to attending UAA, he skated with the Alaska Avalanche (NAHL) for three seasons and posted 84 points (36g-48a) and 184 penalty minutes in 124 career games.