Fairbanks Ice Dogs focus on forwards in NAHL Draft

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FAIRBANKS, Alaska - The NAHL Draft took place earlier today with the league's teams picking players they hope to add to their squads for the 2019-2020 season.
In the 17 Rounds, our Fairbanks Ice Dogs made picks in 8. ​
In the first round, the Ice Dogs selected Ben Helgeson at number 23 overall. ​
Helgeson is a 6 foot, 190 pound center from Roseau Minnesota. ​
He played for the Vernon Vipers last year and has committed to play for the University of Wisconsin. ​
They picked another center in the second round, adding Reilly Funk, a 6'2" forward from Portage La Prairie Manitoba Canada. ​
He was a scoring machine for the Portage Terriers of the MJHL last season, tallying 53 points in 51 games. ​
They didn't have a pick in the third round but drafted another forward in the fourth, adding Domenic Garozzo from Sewell New Jersey. ​
The Dogs chose another forward in the fifth round, adding Nathan Butler from Dallas Texas. ​
In the sixth round the Dogs picked up Matteas Derraugh, a defenseman from Ithica New York.​
And in the seventh and eighth rounds, the Dogs selected two more forwards, Austin Becker in the Seventh and Valera Rykov in the eighth. ​
Next up for the NAHL squads will be team camps in the fall. ​