ECHL's Hunter Fejes returns home as coach
After a season spent playing hockey, you'd think it's the last thing Hunter Fejes would want to do during his summer off at home in Anchorage.
You'd be wrong, however, as Fejes will be on the ice next week -- with some his friends.
Fejes will host his first Camp 49 Hockey Program at the Subway Sports Center on Monday.
It's a week of instruction from Fejes. Stanley Cup champion (with Chicago) and current Winnipeg Jets star Dustin Byfuglien, recent Edmonton Oilers assistant coach Jimmy Johnson, and Zoe and Tori Hickel will assist.
Fejes says it's nice to keep hockey skills in the community.
"I just want to bring some guys up here that are at the pinnacle of their sport, and help inspire, and motivate kids up here in Alaska," Fejes said.
Another big factor in Fejes' return is the Alaska Aces' departure from Anchorage.
"For me growing up, I always looked up to the Aces," Fejes said. "I would go to every single game; Dean Larson, he always wore number 18, he kind of sparked my hockey career, that's why I wear number 18 every single year. And with them being gone as a franchise, with them being gone, I feel it hurts the state of hockey."
There are only a couple of openings left for the camp, which wraps up on Friday.
Fejes spent most of last season with the ECHL's Orlando Solar Bears. He is expected to play this season with the Toronto Marlies of the American Hockey League. The Marlies are the top affiliate of the Toronto Maple Leafs.
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