University of Alaska Anchorage (UAA) and University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF) have a long history competing on the ice. Now they're jockeying for bench boss too. 

But it appears they're looking different places. 

A source has told KTVA that David Carle and Cam Ellsworth are among the candidates for the programs' vacant head coaching positions.

Carle, an Anchorage resident, has been an assistant at the University of Denver since January 2014. He was recruited by Denver but as a preventative measure was forced to end his career due to a heart condition. His brother Matt enjoyed a long career in the NHL. He retired in 2016.

Ellsworth is under consideration after completing his seventh season as an assistant at UMass Lowell.

Sunday night, Carle would neither confirm nor deny his being contacted by UAA and referred any questions to Seawolf administration. Ellsworth also had no comment when reached by phone. 

UAA is attempting to fill its opening after letting Matt Thomas go in February after five seasons. 

Meantime at UAF, the Nanooks' search progresses. 

Kayne Gutierrez, the school's acting athletic director says the department is narrowing its focus.

"We have candidates who have been NHL coaches, we have candidates who have been Division 1 coaches," he said by phone on Monday. "I think they really run the gamut in a positive way."  

UAF also has the help wanted sign out following the departure of Dallas Ferguson. He resigned after nine seasons to take the head coaching position with the Calgary Hitmen of the Western Hockey League.  

UAF hopes to have the position filled by April 15. 

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