Ice Dogs prepare for home opener

FAIRBANKS, Alaska (KTVF) When the air gets brisk and snow covers the ground, it means it is hockey season. The Fairbanks Ice Dogs are prepping for their home debut this weekend against the Minnesota Magicians.

Last weekend, the Dogs swept the Magicians in Minnesota, getting off to a hot 4-0 start in the Midwest Division.
Third year Veteran Jack Johnston has been anchoring the team through the young season. Through 8 games played, Johnston already has 6 goals and 4 assists, averaging 1.25 points per game. He's been a leader on the ice, and head coach Trevor Stewart talked about the veterans being leaders off the ice as well.

"Not much needs to be said from me as a coach to our newcomers because the veterans are already in their ear, telling them what it is going to be like, why you want to play for the Fairbanks Ice Dogs, so it will be exciting to see how they react on Friday Night." Head Coach Trevor Stewart said.

Ice Dogs games are always a spectacle, and that should be no different this season. Expect an electric atmosphere when the Dogs hit the ice this weekend.

"Friday night the roof is going to be off the joint here," General Manager Rob Proffitt said. "People here are hungry for hockey. The team is going to be exciting to watch, I was on the road with them for half of their trip. They fit the identity of our community and our building. They're blue collar and hardworking, people are going to enjoy that."

Puck drops at 7:30 p.m. on both Friday and Saturday at the Big Dipper Ice Arena.

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