Alaska-Anchorage is the most recent team to lose a player to the pro ranks. Junior-to-be Jay Beagle is now playing with the Idaho Steelheads of the ECHL.
How big of a deal was this in Anchorage? Um, not very, apparently. One paragraph saying "Well, I guess he's gone" is all Beagle earned during his time there? Too bad the UAA Fan Blog is off for the summer. I'm sure Donald would have an opinion about that.
Anyway, Beagle is a big forward at 6-3 200 lbs. and was the 4th leading scorer for the Seawolves with 10 goals and 10 assists. He was also the only player in the WCHA to wear the number 71. Beagle is an '85 birthdate, so he probably felt it was the right time for him to start getting paid to play hockey. Hopefully he has a long and prosperous career.