Skelly returning to Alaska

ANCHORAGE, Alaska – The
Alaska Aces have signed right wing Shawn Skelly for the 2013-14 season, Aces head coach Rob Murray announced.

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

The 5-foot-10, 187-pound forward was signed by the Aces as a free agent last season on Jan. 18, and followed up with 14 points (7g-7a) and a +10 rating in 19 games with the Aces. He added a pair of assists in two games with Bakersfield, after the Condors acquired him and defenseman Chris Haltigin on March 7 in exchange for current Aces forward Evan Trupp.

The Wolverine Lake, Mich. native started last season in the Southern Professional Hockey League with Augusta and Mississippi, earning 30 points (17g-13a) in 31 combined games.

Skelly starred for four seasons at Adrian College, scoring 229 points (102g-127a) in 113 career games. He racked up 47 power-play goals throughout his four years, ranking sixth all-time at the NCAA Division III level. As a freshman in 2007-08, Skelly finished tied for second on the Bulldogs with 30 goals while boasting 74 points in 29 games. He led the program in goals for each of his final three years.