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UAF hockey picks up BCHL Viper recruit

Fri, 04/04/2014 - 17:40 -- jcook

FAIRBANKS-The Alaska Nanook hockey team recognize their seniors for the last time tonight at their awards banquet. But once a season ends it's time to reload and the Nanooks are doing just that. Colton Sparrow of the Vernon Vipers of the BCHL has committed to UAF for next season.

Sparrow is showing up in the playoffs with 18 points in 15 playoff games including three points in a game seven overtime win for the Vipers. He has 34 points in 50 games this year. Sparrow is also a former teammate of standout rookie Marcus Basara. The two played together in 2011 and 2012 in the BCHL.

North Pole's Copley going to ECHL , signs Caps contract

Fri, 04/04/2014 - 17:36 -- jcook

FAIRBANKS-North Pole's Phoenix Copley goes pro. Last month, at the end of his sophomore year Copley inked a two-year deal with the Washington Capitals worth up to 1.4 million as an entry level contract which starts in a year.

In the meantime he'll be with the South Carolina Stingrays of the ECHL after signing an amateur tryout deal.

He'll be looking for playing time after not playing in the AHL for the Hershey Bears this past month. The Bears are the Capitals minor-league affiliate.