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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.

A fourth NHL player, Scott Gomez of the Montreal Canadiens, has also taken refuge from the lockout by joining the Aces roster, though he is not yet scheduled to play Aces 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 is a Captain.

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.

Ryan O`Byrne isn't the only player volunteering as a coach.

Locked out by the NHL, Columbus Blue Jackets forward R.J. Umberger is returning to his alma mater to help coach the Ohio State men’s hockey team.

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.