ANCHORAGE (KTUU) - Amidst the buzz of signing day Alaska’s Asa Kinnear, Isaiah Saville and Cam McDonald signed their National Letters of Intent away from home. All three spent time playing high school hockey in Southcentral Alaska before leaving to compete in the United States Hockey League, recognized as one of the highest levels of junior hockey.
Both Kinnear and Saville play for the Tri-City Storm in Nebraska. Forward Kinnear signed to play for St. Cloud State, while goaltender Saville signed with the University of Nebraska-Omaha. McDonald, a defenseman who plays for the Muskegon Lumberjacks in Michigan, signed to play for Providence College. All three hockey players will be heading to major college hockey programs. St. Cloud State is currently ranked No. 2, and Providence is not far behind at No. 9 in the latest USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine poll. Omaha has been slow out of the gate this season, but went to the NCAA Frozen Four as recently as 2014-15.
Before they laced up their skates in the USHL, these Anchorage and Eagle river products played high school hockey. Kinnear was a big member of the 2017 South High team that was a runner-up to Chugiak High in the state championship. Saville led the West High Eagles in net to a 2016 state championship, and McDonald was an all-state selection in 2017 as a member of the Eagle River Hockey team.