ANCHORAGE, Alaska — "A Championship Season: The 2010-11 Alaska Aces" is a one-hour special retrospective at how the Aces captured their 2nd Kelly Cup title this year.
To tell the story as best we can, we start off by highlighting the Aces' previous championship season in 2006, and then proceed to delve into how the roster turned itself over a few times to produce the lineup that it did in 2010-11.
We sat down with five key members of the championship squad for one-on-one interviews:
· Head coach Brent Thompson, who not only coached but built the roster that became champions.
· Scott Burt, the team captain who had previously spent eight seasons as a rival player for the Idaho Steelheads.
· Defenseman Bryan Miller, who in his 4th season was the Aces longest tenured player.
· Forward Brian Swanson, the team's only Alaskan and a native of Eagle River who returned home in the 2010-11 season to play a season here for the first time since he was in high school.