Aces re-sign defenseman Curry

ANCHORAGE, Alaska – The
Alaska Aces re-signed veteran defenseman Sean Curry head coach Rob Murray announced on Thursday. The 12th-year blue liner returns for his second straight campaign in Alaska.

Curry, 31, joined the Aces last season, and became a centerpiece of one of the top defensive units in the ECHL. He also helped spearhead offensive contributions from the back-end, leading all Aces defenseman with seven goals. In his 11th pro season, Curry finished with 18 points (7g-11a) in 53 games.

Curry has played in 694 career games, with 525 coming in the American Hockey League. The seven goals he scored last year were the most he has had since 2007-08, when he also played under Murray as a member of the Providence Bruins.

In 2005 he joined the P-Bruins, where he spent three years playing for Murray, who was an assistant coach in Providence at the time. Including last season with Alaska, Curry has accumulated 77 points in 261 games when playing under the current Aces head coach. That includes the 2007-08 season, in which the Burnsville, Minn. native set career highs in goals, assists, points and plus-minus. He finished that campaign with 38 points (13g-25a), 139 penalty minutes and a +28 rating in 72 games. Curry was selected in the seventh round (211th overall) by the Carolina Hurricanes in the 2001 NHL Entry Draft. He began his career in 2002-03 and spent part of three seasons with the Lowell Lock Monsters.

Last season was Curry’s first full campaign in North America since 2009-10. He made an immediate impact in his return, notching the second most goals and points he has posted in a season. In between those two North American campaigns, Curry played overseas in Germany and Sweden. Overall in two-plus ECHL seasons, Curry has amassed a total of 25 points (8g-17a) and 154 penalty minutes in 87 games with three teams.

Prior to turning pro, Curry played junior hockey in the WHL for the Tri-City Americans and Medicine Hat Tigers.