Ice Dogs prepare for ”Stick it to Cancer” series with Wisconsin Windigo

Published: Jan. 18, 2023 at 8:27 PM AKST
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FAIRBANKS, Alaska (KTVF) - Each season, the Fairbanks Ice Dogs dedicate one series to their “Stick it to Cancer” movement. Stick it to Cancer raises awareness, funds, and remembers those that have fought a battle of cancer.

Prior to the Ice Dogs on-ice practice, the entire team visited Fairbanks Memorial Hospital visiting patients, residents, and staff members.

“Yeah, it means a lot. I mean this community gives so much to us,” said Ice Dogs captain, Jacob Conrad. “It’s time for us to give back to them. It means a lot to our organization. It means a lot to the community. So, we’re happy to do it.”

This was the first time since 2020 (pre COVID-19) the Ice Dogs did a visit like this to the hospital. General Manager, Rob Proffitt, never paused the “Stick it to Cancer” series, but he was glad his team could physically be back in the community to this extent.

“When those kids came rolling down the hallway today with smiles on their faces, talking about their experiences... They had stories. They talked to these people like it’s real life, and to see those experiences... it’s second to none,” stated Proffitt.

Even those that are spending their first season in Fairbanks, can feel the support they get on the ice every weekend. They also recognize the true meaning of the “Golden Heart Community.”

“This is a top-notch community,” mentioned defenseman, Jack Thomas. “People giving back all the time. People really caring who you are and what the Ice Dogs represent. Not only this town, but us as people as well.”

Cancer has touched almost everyone’s life in some shape or fashion. There is someone that comes to mind when you hear that word. One Ice Dog knows the diagnosis all too well. Today gave Tyler Herzberg an opportunity to give hope just like those gave to his family.

“My mom had cancer a while ago, and fortunately enough, beat it,” recalled Herzberg. “So, that’s a big thing, and I can relate to some of the people who’ve had those hard times. It’s just an opportunity for us to be a little bit of light to someone’s day when they might need it pretty desperately.

Fairbanks is preparing for the hottest team in the NAHL’s Midwest Division. The Wisconsin Windigo are 8-1-1 in their last ten. However, the Dogs are on a roll of their own (7-3-0 in last ten). The Ice Dogs will also wear special, “Stick it to Cancer” jersey’s that will be auctioned off during the course of the weekend. Tomorrow’s game starts at 7:00 p.m. Friday and Saturday’s pucks will drop at 7:30 p.m. with all games at the Big Dipper.