Ice Dogs hockey draft two Fairbanks players

Published: Jul. 22, 2020 at 4:35 PM AKDT
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Billy Renfrew and Ryan Keyes
Billy Renfrew and Ryan Keyes(Billy Renfrew/July 22, 2020 Ryan Keyes/July 22, 2020)


The Fairbanks Ice Dogs finished their NAHL draft, selecting two player from the Golden Heart City - Billy Renfrew and Ryan Keyes. Both players have played together in their younger years and now return to Alaska’s Interior to team up once again.

Renfrew was selected in the second round of the draft, joining the Ice Dogs after some time playing for the Detroit Little Caesars.

“It’s pretty exciting. Growing up it’s always been a dream,” said Renfrew, after getting drafted by the Fairbanks Ice Dogs. “I mean every hockey player that’s born here in Fairbanks always want to come and play for Fairbanks. It’s just an honor and it’s very exciting that I’ll be here next year.”

The Ice Dogs have a history of adding local talent, most notably the Woods brothers. Renfrew was one the of the players that competed in the training camp that was held in Maine, which Ice Dogs Head Coach Trevor Stewart attended.

“We’re super excited,” said Coach Stewart. “He was at camp as well and just a young player with a lot of talent and we’re excited to see how his game is going to transition to junior hockey. So anytime you’re able to play a local kid in our jersey it’s pretty exciting for the community.”

Keyes, who has been friends with Renfrew for years, was selected in the third round. The 6′2′' goalie last played for the New Jersey Rockets and was also down in Maine for the camp.

“Yeah, just really great overall,” said Keyes about playing with Renfrew again. “Me and Billy have been playing together since we were three, four years old. For both of us to be coming up together at the same time is really cool. We’ve obviously the past couple seasons been apart, with him in Detroit and me in New Jersey. But we’ve stayed close as friends and it’s been really great to be able to have this experience with a really close friend that you’ve known forever.”

Keyes joins an Ice Dogs program that has had great talent in the goalie position, last held by Mattias Sholl.

“He [Keyes] played out in New Jersey for the Rockets U-16 team. He’s been out of state for a couple years now. He came to our camp, did a phenomenal job and we’re excited about where he’s going with his development.” said Coach Stewart.

The Ice Dogs now prepare for the 2020-2021 season.

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