ANCHORAGE (KTUU) - Many say it could’ve been one of the greatest youth hockey teams ever assembled in Alaska, led by future Stanley Cup Champion Scotty Gomez, the 1996 Alaska All-Stars would go on to become 1996 Midget Tier I National Champions.
Recently the '96 team was inducted in the Alaska State Hockey Hall of Fame. This week on the podcast, KTUU’s Patrick Enslow sits down with the team’s assistant coach Pete McEnaney to discuss his playing career at UAA, the ’96 team and how they won a national championship.
What is the KTUU Sports Podcast
Each week the KTUU Sports Department will sit down and talk sports from a different perspective than you're used to seeing on television. The goal of the podcast is to go more in-depth with the subjects they are interviewing, rather than the quick soundbite you might hear on TV.
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KTUU Sports Podcast notes
:35 - Discusses the ’96 team's recent induction in the Alaska State Hockey Hall of Fame.
1:38 - What the team's relationships are like today, more than two decades after their win.
2:06 - How McEnaney ended up in Alaska, and how he was recruited by Steve MacSwain to join UAA Hockey.
3:05 - Hockey in the GNAC?
4:00 - McEnaney and others in Alaska form a national senior team before it turned into the Aces.
5:12 - Describes early years of the Alaska senior league.
5:50 - Alaska senior league faces off with Russia and United States Olympic teams in September of 1993 before the 1994 Olympic Games.
6:50 - How McEnaney joined the 1996 Alaska All-Stars coaching staff.
10:10 - McEnaney discusses the roster, and try-outs heading into that season.
11:10 - What competitive hockey looked like in Alaska in 1996
12:45 - McEnaney recounts Western Regionals.
13:42 - What the ’96 team was like off the ice.
15:00 - Nationals in Chicago, and how the All-Stars survived their double-overtime semi-final against the Marquette Electricians.
17:27 - 1996 National Championship game.
19:55 - The All-Stars return home.
20:50 - What he remembers about the ’96 team to this day.
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