Posted : : 09/15/2005
FAMILIAR ALASKA NAMES AMONG FORWARD SIGNINGS
Ex-Nanook Campbell, former Seawolf Novak, join Leavitt up front
Alaska Aces Press Release
Anchorage, AK - The Alaska Aces have signed rookie center Alex Leavitt and second-year forwards Vladimir Novak and Ryan Campbell to one-year contracts for the 2005-06 season.
Alex Leavitt will spend his rookie year in an Aces uniform.
The 5-10, 175-pound Leavitt (pictured) averaged nearly a point per game for the past two seasons in the Western Hockey League after two years at the University of Wisconsin. Last year, he scored 16 goals and assisted on 46 others in 64 games last year for Swift Current and the Everett Silvertips, for whom he registered 11 points (6g-5a) in 11 playoff games. He placed third on the Broncos in 2003-04 with 68 points on 27 goals and 41 assists. As a freshman at Wisconsin, the 21-year-old Leavitt finished fifth on the team in scoring with 24 points (11g-13a). The following year, again playing for a Badger club that finished under .500, he tailed off to 15 points (2g-13a), but, like the year before, still placed fifth on the team in scoring.
Like Leavitt, the 5-10, 180-pound Campbell, 26, hails from Edmonton, but chose to play in the CCHA for four years at the University of Alaska-Fairbanks between 2000-04, completing his stint with 99 points (46g-53a) in 139 games. He was plagued by injuries in his rookie year but still managed to score 11 goals and 10 assists in 56 regular season games for Columbia, then scored one goal in five games as the Inferno fell in the first round of the 2005 Kelly Cup playoffs.
One of Campbell's Governors Cup rivals for four years at UAA, the 6-1, 193-pound Novak, will be returning to Alaska for his second year in an Aces uniform after scoring four goals with 10 assists in 52 games last season. He scored the first two goals of his pro career in a 10-3 rout of Victoria January 5 and then scored the game-winning goal in a 3-2 victory at Las Vegas April 5 that clinched the West Division title. The 25-year-old Novak also played a pivotal role in Alaska's opening round win over Bakersfield in the playoffs, scoring in a 5-2 victory in Game One and again in the fifth and deciding game, a 6-2 Aces decision at Sullivan Arena. He played on the 1999 Czech Republic team that won the World Junior Championships before enrolling at UAA and finishing with 48 points (17g-31a) in 140 career games for the Seawolves.
Alaska welcomes San Diego to Sullivan Arena for its 2005-06 regular season opener Friday, October 21, at 7:15 p.m., the first game of a three-game series that continues Saturday afternoon at 2:05 p.m. and Monday night, October 24. Dayton will visit Anchorage for two pre-season games Wednesday, October 12 at 7:15 p.m. and Thursday, October 13 at 7:00 p.m. The Aces are proud affiliates of the St. Louis Blues (NHL) and the Peoria Rivermen (AHL). For 2005-06 season ticket information, please call 258-ACES.