Ice Dogs add 7 players, including 2 from Fairbanks, in NAHL Draft

Published: Jul. 21, 2020 at 7:31 PM AKDT
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The Fairbanks Ice Dogs’ offseason continues with the North American Hockey League Entry Draft taking place Tuesday.

The Ice Dogs held their Main Camp in Hudson, Wisconsin at the end of June, and used five of their first draft picks on players who attended.

Of the seven players selected, three of them hail from Alaska, including Fairbanks players William Renfrew and Ryan Keyes.

“I thought our scouting staff and management staff did a terrific job of just identifying players that we wanted to get to our camp a month ago and then just being able to identify those players at our camp that we feel could move into our roster,” said Ice Dogs Head Coach Trevor Stewart.

1st Round, 25th Overall - Scott McKenzie

Position: Right Wing

Height/Weight: 5′11/165lbs

DOB: 6/15/200

Hometown: Calgary, Alberta

Last Team (Stats): Kindersley Klippers (56 games - 14 goals - 28 assists - 42 points

Coach Trevor Stewart: “He was was clearly at our camp to make our team. Maybe the hardest worker there, didn’t take any shifts off and it became pretty evident that we want this kid on our hockey club.”

2nd Round, 52nd Overall - William Renfrew

Position: Center

Height/Weight: 5′9.5/164lbs

DOB: 8/14/2003

Hometown: Fairbanks, Alaska

Last Team (Stats): Detroit Little Caesars 16U (12 games - 6 goals - 4 assists - 10 points)

Coach Trevor Stewart: “We are super excited, a young player with a lot of talent. We are excited to see how his game is going to transition to Junior Hockey. Anytime that you’re able to place a local kid in our jersey, it is pretty exciting for the community.”

3rd Round, 79th Overall - Ryan Keyes

Position: Goalie

Height/Weight: 6′2/175lbs

DOB: 4/25/2003

Hometown: Fairbanks, Alaska

Last Team (Stats): New Jersey Rockets HC 16U (11 games - 11 goals allowed - 5 shutouts - 8 wins, 2 losses - 0.935 save percentage)

Coach Trevor Stewart: “He came to our camp, did a phenomenal job and we are excited about where is going with his development.”

3rd Round, 80th Overall - Colten Gerken-Roberto

Position: Left Defenseman

Height/Weight: 6′1/195lbs

DOB: 9/2/2003

Hometown: Anchorage, Alaska

Last Team (Stats): Team Alaska 18U (22 games - 5 goals - 8 assists - 13 points)

Coach Trevor Stewart: “Another Alaskan player who skated a couple weeks with us at the end of the season before it got shut down. He was at our camp as well and he just showed that he is going to be a guy that is adds a lot of depth to our defensive core.”

4th Round, 106th Overall - Samuel Berry

Position: Left Defenseman

Height/Weight: 6′0/185lbs

DOB: 6/12/2003

Hometown: St. Louis Park, Minnesota

Last Team (Stats): St. Louis Park HS Orioles (24 games - 6 goals - 23 assists - 29 points)

Coach Trevor Stewart: “It was huge. He will probably play a couple games for us this year and continue to play high school in Minnesota, but he is a guy that has ton of talent and we are excited for him to join our team probably full time the following season.”

5th Round, 133rd Overall - Carter Rose

Position: Left Defenseman

Height/Weight: 6′2/195lbs

DOB: 8/9/2000

Hometown: Brasher Falls, New York

Last Team (Stats): Holderness School Bulls (28 games - 7 goals - 22 assists - 29 points)

Coach Trevor Stewart: “Kind of a flyer pick, he was drafted in the USHL as well, a Clarkson commit, so he is slated to play Division I hockey here in the near future. Huge upside, big, skates well, skilled, so we would be excited about the opportunity for him to play for us.”

6th Round, 160th Overall - Kayden Hargraves

Position: Goalie

Height/Weight: 5′10/147lbs

DOB: 2/25/2002

Hometown: Westminster, Colorado

Last Team (Stats): Texas Brahmas (22 games - 32 goals allowed - 9 shutouts - 19 wins, 3 losses - 0.937 save percentage

Coach Trevor Stewart: “It is important for us to make sure that we are good on defensemen and good on goaltending because those are probably the two most important positions. Being able to pick up these other two goalies should create some good depth in net for us.”

The Ice Dogs (38-11-1-2) were sitting in first place of the Midwest Division with 79 points before the NAHL officially canceled the season on March 16 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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