By Matt Nevala
Anchorage Daily News
ANCHORAGE – If the Alaska Aces are indeed still piecing together an identity in the early stages of this ECHL season, they could do a lot worse than the company they kept Tuesday afternoon.
The hockey team, 6-3-2 after five weeks of its seven-month season, hung with athletes known to inspire greatness.
The Aces players, coach Davis Payne and most of the ownership group gathered at Outback Steakhouse in Midtown for a Special Olympics Alaska fund-raising luncheon.
“We’re flattered to be here,” Payne said during a brief speech. “We’re off to a decent start. But if we can match or even measure up to the spirit of triumph that comes from an organization like Special Olympics, then we’re well on our way.”