Coleman, Crum return to Alaska

ANCHORAGE, Alaska – The
Alaska Aces have re-signed goaltender Gerald Coleman and defenseman B.J. Crum for the 2013-14 season, Aces head coach Rob Murray announced today.

The Aces are the ECHL affiliate of the Calgary Flames of the National Hockey League and the Abbotsford Heat of the American Hockey League.

Coleman, 28, is set to return for his fourth season between the pipes with the Aces after ranking second in the ECHL last season with a 2.17 goals against average, tying for fourth with a .918 save percentage and ranking sixth with 23 wins. The 6-foot-5, 214-pound netminder was named Reebok ECHL Goaltender of the Year, First-Team All-ECHL and helped guide the Aces to their second Kelly Cup championship in 2010-11 with a 30-15-1 record, 2.19 goals against average, .913 save percentage and a career-high four shutouts.

Coleman is 120-58-18 lifetime with 13 shutouts, a 2.48 goals against average, and .911 save percentage in 204 ECHL games with Alaska, Trenton, Phoenix, Augusta, and Johnstown. He enters the 2013-14 season 12th in ECHL history with 120 wins, and is just 10 wins shy of moving into the top 10. Coleman made his National Hockey League debut with the Tampa Bay Lightning in 2005-06 and was 0-0-1 with a 2.77 goals against average in two games.

Crum, 30, earned eight points (2g-6a) and a +7 rating in 27 games last season with the Aces and totaled three points and a +3 rating in six playoff games. He arrived for his third season in Alaska after signing as a free agent on Jan. 21 after starting last season with Mississippi of the Southern Professional Hockey League, collecting seven points (2g-5a) in 20 games.

In 184 career ECHL games with Alaska, Augusta and Johnstown, Crum has posted a +9 rating and 25 points (6g-19a). He also has six points (4g-2a) in 15 career Kelly Cup Playoff games.