Women's hockey in Juneau is about to skate to a new level.
The Capital City Seablazers - comprised of 18 local women - will head to Anchorage this weekend for the Alaska State Women's Hockey Tournament. When they set foot on the ice at the Tesoro Sports Centre, the Seablazers will be the first Juneau women's hockey team to play a game on the road.
The state tourney will include 12 teams competing in two tiers.
The Seablazers include members from all six of the Juneau Adult Hockey Association's women's league teams. The traveling squad was assembled several months ago, and players have been practicing together for several weeks - in addition to their JAHA practices.
Michelle Ridgway is the Seablazers' captain, and Jody Pessolano is the team's goaltender.
Other team members are Stephanie Yates, Amy Green, Linda Woods, Janelle White, Alice Porter-Foley, Elena Delmoral, Samantha Davis, Kay Preston, Valerie Bue, Marsha Squires, Brandee Gerke, Gen Moreau-Johnson, Daria West, Jana Linfield, Sarah Carter and Michele Kaelke.
Jay Johnson, Steve Foster, Ben White, Arty Hughes and Steve Woods coach the Seablazers.