The Alaska Aces have inked veteran forward Scott Burt, and rookie goaltender Travis Yonkman for the upcoming 2010-11 season, head coach Brent Thompson announced on Tuesday.
The Aces are the ECHL affiliate of the St. Louis Blues of the National Hockey League and the Peoria Rivermen of the American Hockey League. The head coach of the Blues is former Aces’ coach Davis Payne while former ECHL player and coach Jared Bednar is the head coach of the Rivermen.
Burt, 33, rejoins the Aces for the third straight year. In 115 games in an Aces sweater, the Trail, British Columbia native has 68 points (31g-37a) and 233 PIM. He also added eight points in 21 playoff games in 2009, helping to lead the Aces to the Kelly Cup Finals. Last season, Burt had 30 points (11g-19a) in 50 games.
Yonkman, 22, comes to Alaska for his pro debut, following a four-year junior career and one season of collegiate hockey with the University of Alberta. Yonkman was impressive in Alberta last season, posting a 20-5 overall record with a 2.64 GAA and .909 save percentage. Before that, the 6’1″, 183 lbs. netminder manned the pipes for the Swift Current Broncos in the WHL from 2005-2009. While there, Yonkman posted a 70-49-10 record, highlighted by the 2007-2008 campaign. That season, the Saskatoon, Sask native finished with a 31-19-6 mark, and finished fourth in the WHL in wins.