By Doyle Woody
Anchorage Daily News
ANCHORAGE, Alaska – Down in the opposing team’s dressing room at Sullivan Arena this week is a collection of guys who used to have stalls in the home club’s room.
The Phoenix RoadRunners are here for a four-game, ECHL series against the Alaska Aces, and it’s a hockey homecoming of sorts for former Aces. When the series opens Wednesday, roughly one-third of Phoenix’s lineup will be composed for former Aces.
Leading that group is Phoenix’s leading scorer, nicely tanned veteran center Kimbi Daniels (18-35–53 in 56 games). He played for the Aces franchise so long — eight seasons — the club was known as the Anchorage Aces of the now-defunct West Coast Hockey League when he started his hitch here in 2000. He helped the Aces win the 2006 Kelly Cup.
Also back is goaltender Chris Beckford-Tseu (1-3-1, 4.38 goals-against average, .854 save percentage). All he did was help backstop the Aces to the Cup and go a ridiculous 35-5-2 in parts of three seasons with them.