Pair of Ice Dogs make college commitment

Cunningham to Atlantic Hockey, MacIntosh to Hockey East
Published: Jan. 21, 2022 at 7:01 PM AKST
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FAIRBANKS, Alaska (KTVF) - A pair of Fairbanks Ice Dogs players have made the decision of where to play their college hockey. Defenseman, Nolan Cunningham, and forward, Dakota MacIntosh, now know the next step in their hockey career.

First, Nolan Cunningham, has announced that he’ll play his college career at Air Force Academy. Cunningham has been a productive defenseman for the Ice Dogs all season, scoring four goals and adding sixteen assists. Now, Cunningham will bring his talents to Colorado Springs, when he begins next season with the Falcon program.

Cunningham, who is from Great Falls, Montana, will be playing Division One college hockey at one of the closest places to Great Falls, proximity speaking. That proximity to home played a factor in Cunningham’s decision making process, and now he feels relieved that he has made the choice and also sees a lot of long-term positives that Air Force has to offer too.

“It’s definitely pretty relieving. I still have a long ways to go, but it’s definitely exciting,” said Cunningham. “It’s definitely nice that they offer full rides there, and it’s a great opportunity to get a job after you graduate. The majors they have there are incredible.”

The other Ice Dogs player to make his commitment was forward, Dakota MacIntosh. MacIntosh, will go from Interior Alaska to Orono, Maine, to become a Black Bear. MacIntosh has also been a productive player for the Ice Dogs this season. The highlight of his season thus far was when he scored four goals in one game against the Anchorage Wolverines on November. 27th.

Unlike Cunningham, MacIntosh will technically be closer to home, but not by much. MacIntosh who is from Winnipeg, Manitoba, will continue his hockey journey at Maine, but what sold him was the history of the program, and how he feels he will fit into their system.

“It definitely was a thought for me and my parents, but in the end, whatever the best opportunity for me is, that’s where I’m going to go,” said MacIntosh. “Maine was the perfect chance. It’s going to be tough being far away from my family, but in the end, I think it will be good for me.

This now makes seven rostered Ice Dogs with collegiate commitments, and there will most likely be more before the NAHL regular season is over. The Ice Dogs will continue their quest for the Alaska Airlines Club 49 Cup against the Anchorage Wolverines this weekend.

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