- Sports in Alaska
Alaska is home to a number of sports teams and events, nearly all of which are based or located in
Anchorage, Alaska, the state's largest city. In Anchorage, the Sullivan Arenais home to the Alaska Acesof the ECHLand the Alaska Anchorage Seawolvesof the NCAA division I. The city's only other professional franchise is the Alaska Wild, an arena footballteam that began playing with the Intense Football Leaguein April 2007. A third professional franchise scheduled to begin play in November 2008 is the Alaska Dream, a basketball team in the ABA. The Anchorage Bucs Baseball Clubis a summer collegiate baseballteam, attracting players from universities throughout the world. The Anchorage Glacier Pilotsare a member of the National Baseball Congress. Both baseball clubs play at Mulcahy Stadium.
University of Alaska Anchorage(UAA) is a member of the National Collegiate Athletic Association. It has Division Iteams in gymnasticsand hockey, as well as several other Division IIteams.
Anchorage hosts a number of sporting events. UAA sponsors the annual
Great Alaska Shootout, an annual NCAADivision I basketball tournament featuring colleges and universities from across the United States. Anchorage is the finish line for the Sadler's Ultra Challengewheelchair race, and holds the ceremonial start of the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race. The city was a candidate for hosting the 1992 and 1994 Winter Olympics, but it lost to Albertvilleand Lillehammerrespectively.
Anchorage is probably the premier cross-country skiing city on the planet, in terms of density of groomed trails within the urban core. There are 105 miles of maintained ski trails in the city, some of which reach downtown. The same trail system also provides access to Chugach State Park, a 495,000-acre high alpine park. [http://www.muni.org/parks/Trails.cfm"] The Tour of Anchorage is an annual 50-kilometer ski race within the city. [ [http://www.tourofanchorage.com/ Tour of Anchorage ] ]
There are four rugby clubs in Anchorage, including the Bird Creek Barbarians RFC, Anchorage Thunderbirds [ [http://www.thunderbirds.20m.com Home ] ] , Mat Valley Maulers RFC, and Spenard Green Dragons. [ [http://www.birdcreekrfc.com/ Alaska Rugby - Bird Creek Barbarians RFC ] ] The season runs from April through September.
Many notable professional sports figures are from Anchorage. They include:
Matt Carle, NHL hockey player for the Tampa Bay Lightning
Brandon Dubinsky, NHL ice hockeyplayer for the New York Rangers
Scott Gomez, NHL hockey player for the New York Rangers
Trajan Langdon, American basketballplayer for CSKA Moscow
Josh Phelps, MLB baseballplayer for the Pittsburgh Pirates
Mark Schlereth, Former NFL guard and current ESPNfootball analyst
Dave Williams (baseball), MLB pitcher for the New York Mets
Shawn Chacon, Pitcher for the Houston Astros
Ty Conklin, NHL goalie for the Detroit Red Wings
Curt Schilling, former starting pitcher for the Boston Red Sox
Erik Ellington, Professional Skateboarder
Mario Chalmers, guard for the Kansas Jayhawks men's basketballteam
Zackary Bowman, cornerback for the Chicago Bears
Alan Alborn, American Olympian Ski Jumper, 2002 Winter Olympics
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