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The Alaska Aces, proud affiliate of the Calgary Flames of the National Hockey League, announced in conjunction with the ECHL that Aces center and captain Nick Mazzolini has been named Sher-Wood Hockey ECHL Player of the Week for Feb. 3-9.

Mazzolini, 28, scored four goals, assisted on four others and was a +6 last week as the Aces swept three games against Stockton, including a pair during ECHL Hockey Heritage Weekend.

He scored the game-winning goal and added two assists in a 4-2 win on Friday  against the Stockton Thunder before a national television audience for the Hockey Heritage Weekend, recorded a power-play goal in a 5-2 victory on Saturday and notched four points (2g-2a) in a 4-3 win on Sunday, including his 100th career goal in an Aces sweater.

The Anchorage native is tied for the Aces lead with 17 goals and ranks second on the Aces with 43 points, which is seventh in the league. He ranks fifth in the ECHL in plus-minus at +22.

Mazzolini has tallied 234 points (101g-133a) in 244 career regular season games with Alaska and has added 13 points (6g-7a) in 22 career games during the Kelly Cup Playoffs.
Last season, he was named to the All-ECHL Second Team after finishing tied for second in the league with 36 goals.

A West Coast girl, born and raised in the Bay Area in the most non-traditional Hockey Market you could imagine for a long time... When the Sharks came to town it changed the Bay Area hockey landscape forever. Her first love will always be the Red Wings but she has embraced the Sharks since their debut in 1991. She has a passion for minor league grind-it-out-in the-corners hockey. Her heart broke when the ECHL Bulls folded , but luckily the Stockton Thunder are still close enough for her to get her gritty-hockey fix. Besides watching hockey, she is an American Tribal Style belly-dancer and trolls the blue-line, playing defence in a local rec hockey league... A somehow strange but balanced juxtaposition.

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