Fairbanks Ice Dogs prepare to "Stick it to Cancer"

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FAIRBANKS, Alaska - The Fairbanks Ice Dogs will be hosting the Chippewa Steel for a special three-game series this weekend at the Big Dipper Ice Arena.
The Dogs are coming off of a home split against the Springfield Jr. Blues, which saw them dominate the opening game 8-1 before falling 4-3 in the closer.
The Dogs now have sole possession of second place in the NAHL Midwest division, sitting at 19-12-3-2 overall.
They have 43 conference points, sitting just 6 behind the first place Minnesota Magicians.
The Dogs have played Chippewa 7 times already this year and lead the season series 4-3.
This weekend means more than hockey with the Dogs hosting their annual "Stick it to Cancer" event.
The Ice Dogs will be wearing Pink Jerseys, which will be auctioned off during the games.
They will also be raising profits for the Fairbanks Memorial Hospital and their Circle of Hope Campaign.
All the proceeds from the 50/50 and the Chuck-A-Bone events will also be donated to the cause, and the team will be able to present a check to the Hospital when the series is all said and done.
General Manager Rob Proffitt says that this event, which has been held every year since 2012, is driven by the Fairbanks community.
"I just think the way you see the Dipper rally around it... It's like the Fairbanks Community in anything that comes up. It started way back when, Devin, when Jane first explained it to me that a lady with Breast Cancer couldn't get treated here they had to go to Anchorage or Seattle. So they were building the elements to be able to keep someone here near and dear to your family, your kids, all those things. It just grabbed the soft start of my heart from the very beginning I think it's been six or seven years. It continues to build momentum and it's a very special weekend. The disease is terrible but we're going to try to do the best we can from our standpoint and our little organization to help keep smiles on faces and keep generating funds to keep turning over rocks to find the cure," said Proffitt.
You can help the Ice Dogs stick it to cancer this Thursday, Friday, and Saturday at the Big Dipper.
Tomorrow's game is set for a 7pm start while Friday and Saturday start at 7:30.