Ice Dogs forward Ty Naaykens commits to St. Lawrence University

Published: May. 4, 2021 at 9:21 PM AKDT
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FAIRBANKS, Alaska (KTVF) - Fairbanks Ice Dogs forward Ty Naaykens has joined several of his teammates in making their NCAA Division I commitments. The Winnipeg-native is heading east to play collegiate hockey at St. Lawrence University in Canton, New York.

Naaykens has skated in 33 games for the ‘Dogs in his lone year with Fairbanks, collecting five goals and is tied for second on the team with 16 assists. Despite joining the organization 10 games into the season - where he scored a goal and tallied an assist in his team debut January 15 - Naaykens is fourth on the team in shot attempts, while his seven power play assists leads the current roster.

Naaykens becomes just the latest Ice Dog to commit to the Division I level, as Andrew Garby and Luke Ciolli have committed to Army, while Bret Link, Nicholas Ostbloom and Mason Plante have committed to stay in Fairbanks and skate for the Alaska Nanooks. Austin Ryman, a Fairbanks-native who only appeared in three games for the Ice Dogs this year, signed to UAF in December before their season was officially called off. Jake Hale is headed to the University of Minnesota-Duluth, while Jasper Lester has committed to Air Force Academy.

Prior to being picked up by the ‘Dogs, Naaykens skated for the Steinbach Pistons in the Manitoba Junior Hockey League, scoring three goals and adding nine assists in eight games played.

Former Ice Dogs defenseman Lucas Erickson (2018-20, 69 games, 36 points) is currently a St. Lawrence Saint, just completing his freshman year.

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