FAIRBANKS, Alaska (KTVF) The hometown product is continuing to play in front of his hometown fans. Fairbanks native and current Ice Dog Trenton Woods announced his commitment to play his collegiate hockey at the University of Alaska Fairbanks earlier this week.
"I got the offer and that is where I wanted to play there to follow the family tradition." Woods said at the Ice Dogs' practice Wednesday.
The family ties Woods speaks of, dates back to the early 1990's. His stepfather Scott Keyes was a forward for the Nanooks beginning in 1990, while his brother Justin, donned the Blue and Gold as a defenseman from 2013-2018.
"When my brother played, I actually used to be the stick boy, so I have been around the team a lot, and have been in the locker room and the rink and so it is good to finally seal the deal." Woods said.
The 6-1 200 lb. defensman has suited up in 100 career Ice Dogs games, where he has tallied eight goals and 13 assists for 21 points, while holding down the defensive line.
"They are getting a player that works hard every day, competes every day, really smart on the ice and sound with all of his decisions, so they are getting a really good player." Ice Dogs assistant coach Scott Deur said of the 20 year-old joining the Division I Nanooks.
"He does the right things on and off the ice and in the community, just watching him grow has been fun and exciting." Deur added.
While continuing the family tradition, the way Fairbanks supports hockey was another influence on Woods' decision.
"I mean there is nothing like the Fairbanks community, I mean obviously the Ice Dogs and the Nanooks, it is a really tight group in Fairbanks, so it is good to finally get the commitment." Woods said.
The Ice Dogs are preparing for their weekend series with the Chippewa Steel. The puck drops at the Big Dipper at 7:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday night.