Even professional hockey teams need a change of pace occasionally. So when in Alaska, do like the Alaskans.

Go outside.

Once or twice a season, the Alaska Aces will shed the Sullivan Arena practice ice for the natural surface of the Bonnie Cusack Memorial Outdoor Rink, next door to the Sully. It serves a break away from the usual.

“You see people out here every time we come to the rink,” said Aces left wing Garet Hunt. “Some days you wish you were out there playing a little shimmy game, pond hockey.”

Defenseman Steven Tarasuk agreed.

“For a lot of us, we did it when we were kids, so it’s just kind of nice to get back to our old roots,” he said.

Alaska would like to get back to their winning ways. The Aces have cooled recently sitting in fourth place in the Mountain Division. They have a great opportunity with first-place Colorado coming to town this weekend for three games, beginning on Friday night.

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