Nanook senior Dion Knelsen has entered the professional ranks, signing an AHL free agent contract with Peoria, the AHL affiliate of the St. Louis Blues today. As of this morning, he has been assigned to play with the Aalaska Aces, alongside former Nanook standout and his freshman year linemate Curtis Fraser. Dion will wear number 9.
Dion's brother Brandon, along with blueliner Dustin Molle both have signed AA contracts in the ECHL, both with the Idaho Steelheads. Dustin will wear number 24, and Brandon will wear number 26.
And wouldn't you know it, Dion has to play against his brother and former teammate tonight. Definition of irony? Possibly. The Steelheads face off against the Aces tonight and tomorrow in Anchorage at 7:15PM
Congratulations to the guys on their future hockey bids. As you may know, the other Nanook senior, Cody Rymut will be graduating with a degree in Petroleum Engineering in May, and will be taking a job upon graduation with British Petroleum (more commonly known as "BP").