Four days before the playoffs, you might expect to find the Alaska Aces on the ice, but the Sullivan Arena was empty.
Instead, the team spent Tuesday on a Kenai Fjords whale-watching trip. Left wing Tyler Mosienko brought his wife and 10-month-old daughter.
“This is something I’ll always remember for the rest of my life,” he said. “It’s one of those lifetime experiences.”
Coach Rob Murray understands the importance of balance — even during the quest for a Kelly Cup.
“Even though you play in Alaska, you play in Anchorage, there’s a good potential that you don’t really get out and see what’s around in your surroundings,” said Murray, who brought four of his children on the boat with him Tuesday.
Goalie Gerald Coleman said outdoor excursions provide a needed break from the usual rink routine.
“It’s a mental grind, so now it’s one of those things were we can take a couple of days here, enjoy what Alaska has to offer and enjoy each other’s company,” he said.