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NHL players are heading to Alaska.
Three NHL players, currently barred from their usual ice and locker rooms by the lockout imposed by league owners, were scheduled to skate for the Alaska Aces on Monday in the first of two exhibition games.
The two-time Stanley Cup winner has been taking part in practices, sporting a borrowed jersey with his name temporarily attached to the back.
Kevin Porter has been in the Buffalo Sabres organization just three months but the Rochester Americans already know what he’s all about as a hockey player.
Porter was named captain of the Rochester Americans by coach Ron Rolston on Tuesday. He announced the decision to the team following practice at Blue Cross Arena at the Rochester Community War Memorial.
The three-year letterwinner with the Buckeyes, who has spent the last four of his seven NHL seasons with the Columbus Blue Jackets, will be a volunteer assistant to coach Mark Osiecki.