Fairbanks Ice Dogs hold annual golf tournament to kick start the hockey season

Published: Sep. 2, 2020 at 12:36 PM AKDT
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FAIRBANKS, Alaska (KTVF) - The Fairbanks Ice Dogs held their 20th annual golf tournament at the Fairbanks Golf Course on August 29 to kick-start their 24th season as an organization. After an unusual off-season due to the COVID-19 global pandemic, the teams are normally filled up with hockey players but instead, the hockey community chipped in to help out.

“[It’s] Different without all the players here. We’ve got some local people here but it’s just part of the trademark, the trigger that gets the season going,” said Fairbanks Ice Dogs General Manager Rob Proffitt. “Even though there’s a lot of changes that we’ve spoke about before, really nice to get everybody together. I think everybody’s been pumped up to be here. This morning there was foggy cold and it’s starting to burn off and turn into a great day. A great way to start off the next hockey season.”

The Ice Dogs may have had their normalcy of the golf scramble to mark the start of their season but the 2020-2021 season won’t be anything but normal because of the coronavirus. In August, the Ice Dogs announced that they will start their home matches in Marshall, Minnesota which is slated to start on November 6.

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