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Fans hope Alaska Aces stay despite uncertain future

By Dave Leval 7:04 PM February 18, 2017
ANCHORAGE –

Their colors look familiar, but this glacier blue is not the one fans often see at the Sullivan Arena. The Rams are one of the dozens of youth teams in the region. They are also ardent fans of the team whose colors they share, the Alaska Aces.

“They’re the home team for Anchorage,” said young Milo Tremblay Jr. after his team won Saturday at Dempsey-Anderson Ice Arena.

Milo likes to watch the Aces play, as does his father.

The Rams take on another youth team while in the colors reminiscent of the Alaska Aces

“Me and the kids love going to the Aces games,” Milo Tremblay, Sr. told KTVA Sports after his son’s game. “We look forward to it whenever they’re playing in town.”

Whether the Tremblays and other Aces fans will be able to continue watching the Aces is now in doubt. The Aces have not ruled out the possibility this could be their last season in Alaska. Co-owner Jerry Mackie blamed that on declining attendance over the last several years.

Youth hockey programs said they would take a financial hit should the Aces call it quits.

“We do a lot of fundraising, selling of the jerseys, and the kids look forward to seeing the Aces play,” Tremblay said.

Parents added that the loss of the Aces could hurt the kids in ways that cannot be computed.

“There’s not much to look up to,” Tremblay said. “There’s those local girls they can go see, the Seawolves, but the Aces are always in the community.”

The Rams may share the colors of Alaska’s only professional sports team, but may soon be the only glacier blue Anchorage fans can root for at hockey games.

KTVA 11’s Dave Leval can be reached via email or on Twitter.

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