The Alaska Blades Under-14 AAA team celebrates after winning the CCM Chi-Town Shuffle from April 22 to 24, 2022, in Chicago. (Photo provided)

The Alaska Blades Under-14 AAA team celebrates after winning the CCM Chi-Town Shuffle from April 22 to 24, 2022, in Chicago. (Photo provided)

Alaska Blades capture Chi-Town Shuffle crown

The Alaska Blades is a local hockey club which sends elite hockey players to a variety of spring and summer tournaments

The Alaska Blades Under-14 AAA team won a tournament championship from April 22 to 24 at the Chi-Town Shuffle in Chicago.

The Alaska Blades is a local hockey club which sends elite hockey players to a variety of spring and summer tournaments. The Chi-Town Shuffle bills itself as one of the top spring tournaments in North America. Alaska Blades played in the AAA division for 2008 birth years.

Head coach Jeremy Love said in an email his team started a little slow in winning 3-1 in the first game and 3-0 in the second game. Love said the team started to come together in winning the third game 8-4 to complete the round-robin portion of the tournament, finishing first in their division and grabbing the second overall seed for the quarterfinals.

In the quarterfinals, Alaska Blades had its closest game of the tournament, defeating the Junkyard Dogs of Chicago 2-1. In the semifinals, Alaska Blades defeated Top Gun of Chicago 9-2.

In the championship, Alaska Blades took on Mad Caps of Madison, Wisconsin. The local squad jumped ahead 7-1 before a Mad Caps comeback came up short in an 8-5 decision.

Alaska Blades goalie Drake Owens had 42 saves in the title game and was named tournament MVP for the division.

Love was assisted by Nate Anderson and Jimmy Terry.

In addition to Owens, members of the winning team are Cameron Anderson, Reed Bott, Colin Digel, Joey Dittrich, Ethan Frison, James “JC” Greenwood, Orion Hunter, Toby Jones, Rylan Kirby, Noah Matheson, Anthony Mayes, Sean Middleton, Draiden Mullican, Dawson Norene, Vance Schmidt, Zachary Seekins, Brady Shealy, Imari Snowden and Boston Weiland.

More in Sports

tease
Saturday baseball: Soldotna topples Kenai for NLC title

The Soldotna baseball team defeated Kenai Central 2-1 on Saturday for the… Continue reading

tease
Saturday softball: Kodiak tops Soldotna to defend NLC title

The Kodiak softball team defeated Soldotna twice on Saturday at Palmer to… Continue reading

The Kenai Central High School girls celebrate after a goal by Katie Johnson during the ASAA Soccer Division II State Championships at Veterans Memorial Field in Wasilla, Alaska, on Saturday, May 25, 2024. (Jake Dye/Peninsula Clarion)
Kenai Central girls, Soldotna boys claim DII soccer titles

Both programs rise to top for 1st time

TEASE
Soldotna softball reaches NLC final, earns 1st state berth since 2017

The Soldotna softball team secured its first Division II state berth since… Continue reading

Soldotna senior Kaleb Swank dribbles around a West Anchorage defender Friday, April 5, 2019, at Soldotna's Justin Maile Field. (Photo by Joey Klecka/Peninsula Clarion)
It’s Kenai-Juneau girls, SoHi-Juneau boys for Division II state soccer titles

The Kenai Central and Juneau-Douglas: Yadaa.at Kale girls, and Soldotna and Juneau… Continue reading

tease
Kenai, Soldotna baseball will play for NLC title Saturday

The Kenai Central and Soldotna baseball teams will play for the Northern… Continue reading

tease
Kenai, SoHi, Homer girls; SoHi boys advance to DII state soccer semis

The Soldotna boys and SoHi, Kenai Central and Homer girls all advanced… Continue reading

tease
Kenai, Soldotna baseball advance to NLC semis

The Kenai Central and Soldotna baseball teams advanced to the semifinals of… Continue reading

Most Read