The Aces aren't playing for the Kelly Cup anymore this year. They won it Saturday night in Kalamazoo. This is the second time the Aces have won the cup. The first was in the 2005-2006 series when Davis Payne was the head coach in Alaska. The coach this year is Brent Thompson who was an assistant in Peoria under Davis before coming to Alaska as head coach. The Aces have been the class of the ECHL for almost the entire year and it really showed in the playoffs. Kalamazoo has a very good team and handed the Aces their only loss in the playoffs. On the way to winning the cup Alaska swept the other two opponents they faced and ended the season in the finals 5-1 against the Kwings. I am really hoping that we keep the players of this years Aces team in the Blues organization. There are some really good rookie and sophmore stand outs on the Aces that will be at least in the AHL next year. Davis Payne was at the game in Michigan Saturday when the Aces won the cup and I'm sure he liked what he saw. Hopefully, he was doing some scouting. For now the Aces are the ECHL champs. Gonna try to get some of this energy funneled to Peoria and ultimately the Blues.
"I'm liking the fight in this little dog" Chris Kerber