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Ice Dogs hockey appreciative of support after a summer of uncertainty

Published: Aug. 20, 2020 at 4:56 PM AKDT
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FAIRBANKS, Alaska (KTVF) - In March, the season for the Fairbanks Ice Dogs was cut short due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Since then, there has been uncertainty in the air as sports league across the country weigh their options on the future of sports. Some teams have folded, while others are on the brink of collapsing. The Ice Dogs have been on the other end of the table receiving support from the Golden Heart community.

During a week where the University of Alaska Anchorage announced that they are cutting four programs, other hockey teams in the state spoke out about the outreach they received.

“It’s just been humbling all the way around the support and it just hasn’t wavered even through the toughest times,” said Ice Dogs General Manager Rob Proffitt. “I think it keeps morphing into being a glue piece in the community, keep people pulling the same rope. As crazy as it sounds, just for a hockey game on a Friday and Saturday night, but it is, it’s a glue piece.”

When the season was cut short, the Ice Dogs also lost their Military Appreciation weekend. The Fairbanks team along with Proffitt decided to put the jerseys up for sale that are normally auctioned off at the Big Dipper Ice Arena.

“It’s one of our favorite weekends to do and try to do a good job celebrating the military,” said Proffitt. “Obviously I want to thank those that are serving and have served and their part of our community let alone the Big Dipper fans you know.”

The next event for the Ice Dogs is the Ice Dogs Scramble golf tournament on August 29.

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