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Hockey

Court ruling clears Green’s return

After a court ruling, UAA hockey player Lee Green can take the ice with teammate Brett Arcand-Kootenay after bail restrictions were removed.

A Sept. 29 bail review hearing in District Court lifted a restriction prohibiting Green from making direct or indirect contact with teammate Arcand-Kootenay. According to court documents, Arcand-Kootenay did not oppose the changes. Green, who resumed practicing with the team Oct. 2, is still charged with one felony account of second-degree assault. His next court appearance is scheduled for Oct. 12.

After the Sept. 12 incident, which left Arcand-Kootenay with a broken jaw, UAA athletic director Steve Cobb stripped Green of his status as team captain and suspended him for four games.

Another bail restriction that required Green to remain under 24-hour parental supervision was also dropped with the stipulation that he maintains daily telephone contact with his mother.

Seawolves in cellar of preseason poll

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The UAA hockey team is in a familiar place after the Sept. 29 release of the Western Collegiate Hockey Association Coaches Poll: last place.

UAA has been picked to finish tenth for the second consecutive year in the 34th annual WCHA poll, taken by the Grand Forks (N.D.) Herald. The Seawolves ended the 2004 season in eighth place with a record of 14-23-3. Coaches are not allowed to vote for their own team.

Last year’s national champions, the Denver Pioneers were picked to finish sixth. The league champion last year, North Dakota was selected to finish second. For the first time in league history, the coaches chose Minnesota-Duluth to win the MacNaughton Cup, awarded to the league champions.

Alpine and Nordic Skiing

Swap ‘til you drop for ski team

Need some skis but can’t afford a new pair? Don’t worry because the annual Ski and Snowboard Expo is just around the corner. The event, sponsored by the Alyeska Ski and Snowboard Club along with the UAA ski team, will take place Oct. 17-18 at West Anchorage High School.

A portion of profits from the expo, the largest and oldest outdoor gear swap in the state, will benefit the Seawolf ski team. Those interested in swapping should register their gear during equipment check-in Oct. 16 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. or Oct. 17 from 9 a.m. to noon. The expo is open for sales Oct. 16 from noon to 5 p.m. and Oct. 17 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Along with the gear swap, there will be outdoor vendor booths and sign-ups for winter sports programs. For more information, call UAA ski coach Trond Flagstad at 786-1285 or visit AlyeskaSkiClub.com.