Tough times in Anchorage
The offseason is turning out to be difficult, too.
The Seawolves pulled into a second-place tie in the race to see which WCHA team will lose the most underclassmen. None of theirs have signed professional contracts, however.
Three Anchorage players now have got releases to transfer. Eric Walsky, the highest scoring forward on the team, will transfer Colorado College. Shea Hamilton will play for the Sioux.
Now, Billy Smith is looking for a new home. Smith currently is gauging interest from schools and among the possibilities is Northern Michigan.
Walsky, Hamilton and Smith aren't the only losses for the Seawolves, who fired two assistant coaches at the end of last season. Anchorage's top recruit, Erik Felde, is academically ineligible and will not play for the Seawolves this season. Felde was the sixth-leading scorer in the BCHL last season, scoring 32 goals and adding 49 assists in 61 games. Speculation is that Felde will end up choosing the major junior route.
The Seawolves are still scheduled to return seven of their top nine scorers, but the losses of Walsky, Hamilton, Smith and Felde surely will be felt in Anchorage.