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Ice Dogs Head Coach Resigns

Stewart Takes Job with D-1 College Hockey Program
Published: Jan. 10, 2022 at 7:33 PM AKST
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FAIRBANKS, Alaska (KTVF) - The Fairbanks Ice Dogs have been having a great season including, a nine-game winning streak, and the top spot in the NAHL’s Midwest Division. A shocking change was made in the Ice Dogs coaching staff this afternoon.

General Manager, Rob Proffitt, announced that Head Coach Trevor Stewart has resigned from his duties with the Fairbanks Ice Dogs. Coach Stewart has taken an associate head coach position with a division-one college hockey team, but which team cannot be exactly revealed at this time to comply with the university’s policy.

One announcement was made this morning about Coach Stewart’s departure, and his replacement was also named this afternoon. Dave Allison was named the fourth head coach in Ice Dogs twenty-five year franchise history.

Allison is from Fort Frances, Ontario. Canada and hockey are synonymous with one another, and Allison has been around the game for a very long time. As a player, Allison played ten years of professional hockey, including a stint in the NHL with the Montreal Canadiens. His coaching career is just as experienced, if not more. Allison temporarily coached the Ottawa Senators during the 1995-96 season. Allison has coached in numerous leagues: IHL, AHL, ECHL, OHL, SIJHL, and most recently the USHL.

Allison spent four years with the Des Moines Buccaneers, and he led the Buccaneers to one winning season in 2016 going 36-20-0-1. Now, he inherits the top team in the entire NAHL that has strong hopes to make a postseason run at the Robertson Cup.

Speaking of the Robertson Cup, Trevor Stewart led the Fairbanks Ice Dogs to three Robertson Cup championships. It should be noted that Stewart is departing the Ice Dogs on good terms, choosing to take the next step in his coaching career.

Dave Allison recognized the oddities of a mid-season head coaching departure and the challenges that come with it, but is ready for the task. The task is something that Allison doesn’t only see as a responsibility to the players, but also the faithful Fairbanks fans.

“There is a feeling of family here, a family of community,” said Allison. “This community has supported this team through thick and thin. It is with an awesome responsibility that I take this position. Our goal is to make sure we do the very best we can to get to Blaine (Minnesota) and challenge for the championship.”

Coach Allison will face his first opponent this weekend in the Kenai River Brown Bears at the Big Dipper Ice Arena in Fairbanks. The Ice Dogs will look to earn four more points in the Alaska Airlines “Club 49 Cup.” Currently, the Ice Dogs have fourteen, the Anchorage Wolverines have thirteen, and the Kenai River Brown Bears have seven. Both games will take place at 7:30 p.m.

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