Molle goes home to play pro

Rebecca Coleman / Sun Star Reporter
April 5, 2011

Bryant Molle, #23, maneuvers the puck away from a player from Colorado College during the Brice Alaska Goal Rush. October 16, 2010 . Dillon Ball/Sun Star

Senior Bryant Molle, one of UAF hockey’s assistant captains, became the most recent member of the team to sign a professional contract when it was announced March 25 that he signed with the Alaska Aces.  The Aces are based in Anchorage, Molle’s hometown.

“It’s a good opportunity for someone who wants to pursue his hockey career,” said Dallas Ferguson, UAF’s head coach.  “It gives him a chance to get his feet wet.”

Molle has played three games with the Aces and is enjoying playing for his hometown.  “It’s easier than going somewhere else,” he said.  “My parents are here, I know the area, so it’s familiar, and the guys are great.  It’s an easy transition.”

Playing for the Aces allows Molle to carry on the family tradition: his father, Tim Molle, was the captain of the Aces for their initial five seasons.

“He inspired me to be a hockey player,” Bryant said.  “Growing up, going to games was always the highlight of our week.”

Bryant’s older brother, Dustin, who graduated last year after playing for the Nanooks, plays for the Fort Wayne Comets.   Their younger sister, Candace, plays for the University of North Dakota.

“We’re really proud of their hockey,” Tim said, but he is even more proud of their strong achievements in school because after hockey, “they can be successful at whatever they do.”

Bryant will graduate with a degree in civil engineering after playing 141 career games for the Nanooks. His was named this year’s Central Collegiate Hockey Association’s Scholar Athlete of the Year with a cumulative GPA of 3.95.  He is a finalist for both the 2011 Lowes Senior Class Award and the Derek Hines Unsung Hero Award.  In his four years at UAF, he scored five goals and 14 assists.

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