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Brian Swanson named to WCHA 1990s all decade team

Canadian Francois Methot from Mannheim, left, and U.S. Brian Swanson from Nuremberg, right,...
Canadian Francois Methot from Mannheim, left, and U.S. Brian Swanson from Nuremberg, right, challenge for the puck during the third final playoff match of the German ice hockey league between Adler Mannheim and Sinupret Ice Tigers from Nuremberg at the SAP Arena in Mannheim, southwest Germany, on Tuesday, April 17, 2007. (AP Photo/Daniel Roland)(DANIEL ROLAND | AP)
Published: Feb. 16, 2021 at 9:15 PM AKST
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ANCHORAGE, Alaska (KTUU) - A Chugiak High School alum has been named to the Western Collegiate Hockey Association 1990s All-Decade Team. Brian Swanson was heavily recruited by top college teams but eventually landed at Colorado College, where he graduated with a degree in psychology.

Amongst some of his biggest achievements in the WCHA was being voted “Rookie of the Year” and for the next three years, he was voted the MVP and led Colorado College consistently to the Frozen Four.

According to the Alaska High School Hall of Fame, Swanson was voted as a finalist for the prestigious Hobey Baker Award twice. He finished his college career as the second-leading scorer in Colorado College history. After college, Brian played in the NHL with the Edmonton Oilers and Atlanta Thrashers.

During the NHL player strike of 2004-2005, he moved to Europe to play hockey. He moved back to Alaska in 2010 to play for the Alaska Aces for the 2010-11 and 2011-12 seasons and helped the team win the ECHL’s 2011 Kelly Cup. Swanson now lives in Anchorage and coaches youth hockey teams.

Correction: This story has been updated to include accurate information on Swanson’s current whereabouts after outdated information was originally written.

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