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‘Risk’ Factor: High scoring forward from Alberta part of UAF hockey

Published: Dec. 4, 2020 at 5:24 PM AKST
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FAIRBANKS, Alaska (KTVF) - The Alaska Nanooks hockey program have nine freshmen on the roster, and one of those players is a high-scoring forward from Medicine Hat, Alberta, Canada. That player is Brady Risk.

“Obviously a dream come true to be playing Division I college hockey in Alaska.” said Risk about joining the Blue and Gold.

Risk was one of the top players in the Alberta Junior Hockey League, scoring 63 points from the Drumheller Dragons thanks to 36 goals and 27 assists through 54 games. Risk has been a part of the Dragons’ program since the 2016-2017 season, playing there for three years.

“I’m hoping I can bring an offensive side and be trusted in the defensive zone,” said Risk about what he hopes to bring to the Nanooks. “Obviously, being the new guy coming in, I’m going to have to learn and earn those opportunities.”

Brady Risk during an interview with KTVF.
Brady Risk during an interview with KTVF.(Aaron Walling/KTVF)

Alaska went 14-9-5 last season in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association. This year, the ‘Nooks only have two seniors on the roster with Justin Young and Max Newton. Risk will have plenty of opportunities to learn under the seniors with Newton who was one of the top players in the face-off while Young helped stabilize the defense from the center position.

Risk will also learn under Head Coach Erik Largen along with his cast of assistant coaches in Lenny Hofmann, Joe Howe, Josh Erickson and Eric Yancey.

“I’m hoping in my fourth year I’ll be a guy that can be relied on who can score goals and kill penalties.” said Risk.

The Alaska Nanooks open their season on the road against the Lake Superior State Lakers for a two-game series starting on January 1.

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