Finally. The talk ends.

 

In the case of the University of Alaska Anchorage Seawolves, the discussion of breaking a two-year playoff drought was replaced all off-season with the constant chatter of whether or not the program will be around next year. That possibility still lingers. Budget cuts are coming. But at media day on Tuesday the Seawolves were focused on what happens on the ice.

 

“We excited. There’s a lot to work on,” said head coach Matt Thomas.

 

And hurdles to overcome.

 

“From key guys getting injured to guys being ineligible, from players being asked to play different roles, it’s tough,” he said.

 

They are determined to avoid one hurdle—budget talk.

 

“It’s almost our rallying cry amongst the boys, ‘keep it in the house, play for the guy next to you, play for the guys in this room,’ and use it as motivation, like, we don’t care what other people think, or what you’re going to do in the future, we’re playing for this year,” said captain Matt Anholt.

 

Their first official practice is Wednesday.

 

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