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Sunday, April 04, 2010

Jordan Kwas Added For 2010-2011

21 year old AJHL Olds Grizzlys forward Jordan Kwas has committed to the UAA Seawolves for the 2010-2011 season.  Jordan was the leading scorer in Olds this past season scoring 21 goals with 45 assists in 59 games.  This was Jordan's 2nd full season with Olds.  

He played in 20 games during the 07-08 season scoring 3 goals and 6 assists.  In 08-09 he bagged 19 goals and added 33 assists in 55 games.  In Olds 15 game playoff run during 08-09 Jordan managed a nice 8g-12a performance garnering the Playoff MVP award for the club.  This season he was named the Regular Season MVP for the Grizzlys.  He was named AJHL Player of the Week for Nov16th-22nd 2009.

He is 5ft 10in 185lbs and was born on February 20, 1989.  Jordan's addition will bring the number of forwards on next years UAA roster to 15/16 total forwards.  Competition for playing time looks to be the theme for next years forwards.  As an experienced and mature playmaking forward Jordan may very well earn lots of chances to play for Coach Shyiak who has always tended to give freshman adequate opportunities to prove themselves in the first half of a season.  

There's not a lot of scouting or press available on Jordan other than regular game reports and season preview mentions that are typical for many players.  His low penalty minutes throughout his career speak well of him. Welcome to the Seawolves Jordan.  We're excited to see what you can add to our club.


Anonymous said...

Donald check your email

Suze said...

Is there a shift toward smaller players now? The last few recruits have been smaller, (and hopefully faster).

Anonymous said...

Suze, we can only hope. It has been obvious that we don't have the speed and skill that we need to compete, especially playing so many games on big ice.

We also better hope we pick up a solid goalie, since Bryce is officially gone. Not sure what to expect from Gunderson. Whoever plays will be untested that's for sure now.

Donald Dunlop said...

Checked my email. Western Union Africa says I won $50,000 ... all I have to do is send them my personal info!

Other than that ... nuffin in it.

Anonymous said...

How do we know Bryce is gone?

Anonymous said...

He is suiting up as a backup for Stockton tonight. Best of luck to the guy!

Anonymous said...

Courtesy: Michael Dinneen / UAA Athletics

Bryce Christianson and the Thunder will face the Aces tonight in Wasilla.

STOCKTON, Calif. - Alaska Anchorage goaltender Bryce Christianson will suit up as the emergency backup goalie with the the Stockton Thunder, an affiliate of the Edmonton Oilers, for the ECHL playoff series against the Alaska Aces tonight in Wasilla.

A 6-foot-2, 195-pounder from Anchorage, Christianson wrapped up his college career after suiting up for the Green & Gold in 36 games over three seasons. Christianson registered a career .876 save percentage, 3.25 goals-against average and a 11-20-4 record.

Christianson will join former teammate Trevor Hunt as the Thunder and the Aces will face off in game one of the National Conference quarterfinals at the Menard Memorial

Anonymous said...

Its a very humble beginning for Bryce but he would like to thank everyone including the fans and blueliners who cheered him on for 21/2 years...He had huge expectations after his Sophmore year here and tried his best for the program. His goal is try to make the highest Professional League possible and to carry on the rich tradition of Alaskans in pro hockey...He will have his work cut out for him.. As his Dad and an Alumn its a very tough day for our family but we are excited for Bryce... we want to thank everyone associated with the program.. yours in hockey .....Todd christianson

UAAalumni09 said...

If you truly are Todd that is, thanks for sharing and I wish Bryce the best.

Donald Dunlop said...

And I know he is ...

Nice statement. Thanks for coming here and sharing it. I think we all can hope that Bryce has some success down the line. I know I do.

UAAalumni09 said...

ECHL transactions says the Hunt was released from ATO, but then it also says that he signed a contract with Stockton

Anonymous said...

Nothing against Jonnie and Bryce, but the goalie stats for next year can't get much worse than they were this past season (and that with two seasoned goalies on board).

Donald Dunlop said...

I don't believe last season's GAA is anywhere near being on Bryce's and Jonny O's shoulders. Not in the least. And that should be a big mystery for the coaching staff to solve.

Trap, trap, trap and trap some more. That's what I say. Dedicate the season to learning and executing a highly functional defensive team effort. Keep the penalties down. Stay in games. The blowouts have to go away. The team has to know collectively that they can keep the puck out of their own net before they can start to open it up.

Be up front about it. Say, "Yep, we're going to be playing left-wing/right-wing locking, neutral-zone trapping, lane blocking, shot blocking, jamming up the middle defensively oriented hockey all season long."

And then do exactly that. Against everyone, all season long. Defense builds championships.

Anonymous said...

I agree. Penalties were a huge problem as well. And the short handed goals. Shyiak needs to get a handle on that next season.

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