2010-2011 was an amazing year for the Fairbanks Ice Dogs. The team was the NAHL West Division regular season champion, the NAHL West Division tournament champion and the 2010-2011 Robertson Cup champion, for the first time in team history.
The 2010-2011 campaign marked the 13th year thatthe Ice Dogs have called Fairbanks home. The Ice Dogs finished the year 40-15-3, the first time the Ice Dogs have ever recorded forty wins or more in a season and the most season wins in Ice Dogs history. The team finished the regular season with 83 points, twelve more than the Wenatchee Wild and fifteen more than the Alaska Avalanche. In the playoffs, the Dogs were 10-1, with the only loss coming to the Wenatchee Wild in the divisional tournament.
The team was led by third-yearhead coach Josh Hauge who recorded his 100th coaching victory over the Kenai River Brown Bears during the course of the season. Coach Hauge was assisted by Erik Largen (second year assistant coach) and Geoff Beauparlant (first year assistant coach).
At the Robertson Cup banquet in Topeka, the Ice Dogs were recognized and received four special NAHL awards:
Organization of the Year
General Manager of the Year – Rob Proffitt
Mark Messier Leadership Award – Matt Millis
NAHL First Team – Jack Callahan
The team’s success served as a springboard for its players to receive NCAA Division 1 scholarships. The players on the 2010-2011 Ice Dogs roster who received collegiate scholarships as of June 1 includes:
#5 Jack Callahan - Quinnipiac (ECAC)
#1 Joe Phillippi - St. Cloud (WCHA)
#24 Charlie Thauwald - Minnesota State, Mankato (WCHA)
#17 Jared Linnell – University of Alaska, Fairbanks (CCHA)
#19 Tayler Munson – University of Alaska, Fairbanks (CCHA)
The Ice Dogs organization also continued to give back to Fairbanks and its surrounding communities this past year. Along with raising funds, the players, coaches and front office staff also volunteered countless hours to various community programs. Furthermore, the team held a canned soup drive for those in need in our community.
It was a tremendous year on all levels. Thank you fans for being such a big part of it and we look forward to seeing you at the Big Dipper when the puck drops in October and the team sets out to defend their National Championship.
The Fairbanks Ice Dogs Organization