Shutdown won't keep Air Force from Alaska tourney

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) - Despite the shutdown of the federal government, the Air Force will be playing in the Kendall Hockey Classic this weekend in Alaska.

The Anchorage Daily News reports ( http://is.gd/JnYMwU) the Air Force has twice taken part in the Anchorage tournament but flew here on a military plane.

The University of Alaska Anchorage normally pays for 13 plane tickets for visiting teams. But in order for the Falcons to participate this year, UAA will split the cost of the required additional tickets for players and staff on a commercial airliner with the Air Force, about $11,000 for each school.

Seattle-based Alaska Airlines, a sponsor of UAA athletics, helped secure the airline seats.

The tournament starts Friday and also features last year's NCAA runner-up Quinnipiac and the University of Alaska Fairbanks.


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