former Aces goaltender Kevin Nastiuk

A Jordan Foreman Sighting Kevin Nastiuk Update

Thanks for helpful reader Dennis, who prodded me out of my periodic senility with a good question: Namely, what’s up with Mike Walsh, the winger the Alaska Aces secured the ECHL rights to in a trade with Utah last month?

Good question. I asked Aces coach Brent Thompson that last week, after Walsh had been released by the AHL’s Grand Rapids Griffins, and he said Walsh had refused to report to the Aces. I haven’t seen his name pop up anywhere else in the ‘A’ or in Europe, but I guess the Cowbell Crew shouldn’t be anticipating Walsh (he scored two goals in 18 games with the Griffins) suddenly showing up. The Aces could really use him because they are short on forwards.

That doesn’t leave the Aces, who acquired center Evan Kotsopoulos and the rights to Walsh for winger Lance Galbraith, with much recourse. They only secured the “rights” to Walsh, which means he can’t play anywhere else in the ECHL without clearing it through the Aces. Presumably, that means if Walsh finds a team he wants to play for, that club would have to work out a deal with the Aces.

Anyhow, we do have a Jordan Foreman sighting he played for the Aces last season as a rookie (9514 totals and 105 PIMs in 40 games) but hadn’t surfaced anywhere this season until he signed Wednesday with the Missouri Mavericks of the Central Hockey League. Missouri is 15163. (By the way, worth noting that the CHL’s Wichita Thunder may be the worst pro team in North American pucks 3273, which is already 20 points behind any other team in the league. And you thought the Aces have been struggling this season?)

Speaking of the CHL, former Aces goaltender Kevin Nastiuk got the win Wednesday night in the circuit’s AllStar Game in Laredo, Texas. He stopped 19 of 21 shots in 30 minutes to help South Texas (players from Laredo, Corpus Christi and Rio Grande Valley) beat the AllStars 94. Nastiuk tends net for the Corpus Christi IceRays he’s 984 with a 2.65 goalsagainst average and .919 save percentage. Skating for the Jordans AllStars in that match was former Aces winger Jordan Cameron Nike Air Max 97 (200304, 200405), who didn’t register a point. He leads the Texas Brahmas in scoring with 102939 totals in 35 games.

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