Fairbanks Ice Dogs

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Fairbanks Ice Dogs
Fairbanks Ice Dogs Logo.svg
City Fairbanks, Alaska
League NAHL
Division Midwest
Founded 1997 (In the WSHL)
Home arena Big Dipper Ice Arena
Colors Grey, maroon, and sky blue
              
General manager Rob Proffitt
Head coach Trevor Stewart (2011–12)
Franchise history
1997–present Fairbanks Ice Dogs
Championships
Regular season titles NAHL: 2015–16
Division Championships WSHL Northern: 1997–98, 1998–99
NorPac: 2000–01
NAHL West: 2008–09, 2010–11, 2011–12, 2013–14, 2014–15
NAHL Midwest: 2015–16
Playoff championships Cascade Cup: 2000–01
Robertson Cup: 2010–11, 2013–14, 2015–16

The Fairbanks Ice Dogs are a Tier II Junior A ice hockey team in the North American Hockey League's Midwest Division. The Ice Dogs play home games at the 2,200-seat Big Dipper Ice Arena in Fairbanks, Alaska. The Ice Dogs are well known for their rivalry with the Wenatchee Wild when the Wild were in the NAHL.

History[edit]

Originally started in 1997 in the Tier III Junior B Western States Hockey League (WSHL) as a hockey program to replace the Alaska Gold Kings and give Alaskan players a chance to play after they finished high school and/or midgets. The Ice Dogs won the Northern Division its inaugural season, but lost to the Southern champs the following year in exhibition games. In 1998–99 season, they again won the Northern Division but lost to the Southern Division champions, the Ventura Mariners.

In 2000, the Ice Dogs became a member of the Tier III Junior B Northern Pacific Hockey League (NorPac) and also played sixteen games[1] in the Tier III Junior A America West Hockey League (AWHL) to help fill out their schedule in the 2000–01 season. The team would go on to win the NorPac championship in that season before leaving for the higher level AWHL full-time for the 2001–02 season.[2]

The Ice Dogs were named the 2001–02 AWHL Organization of the Year in their first full Junior A season. The team moved to the NAHL in the AWHL-NAHL merger that took place in 2003. The Ice Dogs were upset in the West Division Finals in the 2008–09 season after winning the West Division regular season title. The Ice Dogs lost in the 2010 Robertson Cup final to the Bismarck Bobcats 3-0. The following season the Ice Dogs won the Robertson Cup for the first time in a come from behind win over the Michigan Warriors 4-2. In the 2013–14 season, the Ice Dogs once more won the West Division regular season title (4th time in 6 years) and proceeded to win the Robertson Cup for the second time.

Season-by-season records[edit]

Season GP W L OTL PTS GF GA PIM Finish Playoffs
Fairbanks Ice Dogs (NAHL)
2003–04 56 31 15 10 72 174 140 1,807 2nd, South No statistics available
2004–05 56 26 24 6 58 164 179 1,029 4th, North Lost in 1st Round
2005–06 58 30 18 10 70 173 175 984 2nd, West Lost in 2nd Round
2006–07 62 34 24 4 72 223 203 1,347 4th, South Eliminated in Round Robin
2007–08 58 39 15 4 82 183 129 1,306 2nd, South Lost in 2nd Round
2008–09 59 39 12 8 84 226 152 1,421 1st, West Lost in 2nd Round
2009–10 58 32 22 4 68 203 182 1,727 3rd, West Lost in Finals
2010–11 58 40 15 3 83 245 167 1,121 1st, West Robertston Cup Champions
2011–12 60 39 13 8 86 225 163 920 1st, West Lost Robertson Cup Semifinal
2012–13 60 39 17 4 82 192 148 896 2nd, West Lost in Division Finals
2013–14 60 45 14 1 91 215 136 970 1st, West Robertson Cup Champions
2014–15 60 40 16 4 84 238 167 970 1st, West Lost in Division Finals
2015–16 60 49 8 3 101 251 116 1081 1st of 6, Midwest Div.
1st of 22, NAHL
Robertson Cup Champions
2016–17 60 33 24 3 691 185 165 974 2nd of 6, Midwest Div.
10th of 24, NAHL
Lost Division Finals

Playoffs[edit]

  • 2004
Information unavailable
  • 2005
First Round – Team USA defeated Fairbanks Ice Dogs 3-games-to-0
  • 2006
First Round – Fairbanks Ice Dogs defeated Wasilla Spirit 3-games-to-0
Second Round – Bozeman Icedogs defeated Fairbanks Ice Dogs 4-games-to-1
  • 2007
First Round – St. Louis Bandits defeated Fairbanks Ice Dogs 3-games-to-0
Fairbanks Ice Dogs advance to Round Robin as HOST.
Robertson Cup Round Robin – Fairbanks Ice Dogs(0-3) - Qualify for Consolation Game (L, 3-7 vs. Phantoms; L, 1-4 vs. Bandits; L, 3-5 vs. Express)
Robertson Cup Consolation Game – Southern Minnesota Express defeated Fairbanks Ice Dogs 3-2
  • 2008
First Round – Fairbanks Ice Dogs defeated Wichita Falls Wildcats 3-games-to-1
Second Round – Topeka RoadRunners defeated Fairbanks Ice Dogs 3-games-to-2
  • 2009
First Round – Fairbanks Ice Dogs defeated Kenai River Brown Bears 3-games-to-0
Second Round – Wenatchee Wild defeated Fairbanks Ice Dogs 3-games-to-1
  • 2010
First Round – Fairbanks Ice Dogs defeated Alaska Avalanche 3-games-to-0
Second Round – Wenatchee Wild defeated Fairbanks Ice Dogs 3-games-to-0
Fairbanks Ice Dogs advance to Round Robin as West representatives as Wenachee Wild is HOST.
Robertson Cup Round Robin – Fairbanks Ice Dogs (3-1) - Qualify for Championship game (W, 3-2 vs. Wild; W, 4-3 vs. Bandits; L, 1-2 vs. North Stars; W, 4-3 vs. Bobcats)
Robertson Cup Final – Bismarck Bobcats defeated Fairbanks Ice Dogs 3-0
  • 2011
Division Semifinals – Fairbanks Ice Dogs defeated Kenai River Brown Bears 3-games-to-0
Division Finals – Fairbanks Ice Dogs defeated Wenatchee Wild 3-games-to-1
Robertson Cup Round Robin – Fairbanks Ice Dogs (3-0) - Qualify for Championship game (W, 4-3 vs. RoadRunners; W, 4-2 vs. Warriors; W, 2-1 vs. Bulls)
Robertson Cup Final – Fairbanks Ice Dogs defeated Michigan Warriors 4-2
Robertson Cup Champions
  • 2012
Divisional Semifinals – Fairbanks Ice Dogs defeated Kenai River Brown Bears 3-games-to-0
Divisional Finals – Fairbanks Ice Dogs defeated Wenatchee Wild 3-games-to-0
Robertson Cup Round Robin – Fairbanks Ice Dogs (2-1) - Qualify for Semifinal (L, 1-3 vs. Bandits; W, 3-1 vs. Bulls; W, 4-3 vs. Fighting Falcons)
Robertson Cup Semifinal game – Texas Tornado defeated Fairbanks Ice Dogs 4-3
  • 2013
Divisional Semifinals – Fairbanks Ice Dogs defeated Kenai River Brown Bears 3-games-to-2
Divisional Finals – Wenatchee Wild defeated Fairbanks Ice Dogs 3-games-to-2
  • 2014
Divisional Semifinals – Fairbanks Ice Dogs defeated Kenai River Brown Bears 3-games-to-2
Divisional Finals – Fairbanks Ice Dogs defeated Michigan Warriors 2-games-to-0
Robertson Cup Semifinals – Fairbanks Ice Dogs defeated Wenatchee Wild 3-games-to-2
Robertson Cup Finals – Fairbanks Ice Dogs defeated Austin Bruins 2-games-to-0
Robertson Cup Champions
  • 2015
Robertson Cup 1st Round Series – Fairbanks Ice Dogs defeated Minnesota Magicians 3-games-to-0
Robertson Cup Quarterfinals – Minnesota Wilderness defeated Fairbanks Ice Dogs 3-games-to-0
  • 2016
Divisional Semifinals – Fairbanks Ice Dogs defeated Coulee Region Chill 3-games-to-1
Divisional Finals – Fairbanks Ice Dogs defeated Minnesota Wilderness 3-games-to-2
Robertson Cup Semifinals – Fairbanks Ice Dogs defeated Aston Rebels 2-games-to-0
Robertson Cup Championship game – Fairbanks Ice Dogs defeated Wichita Falls Wildcats 2–0
Robertson Cup Champions
  • 2017
Divisional Semifinals – Fairbanks Ice Dogs defeated Minnesota Magicians 3-games-to-0
Division Finals – Janesville Jets defeated Fairbanks Ice Dogs 3-games-to-1

References[edit]

  1. ^ "2000-01 America West Hockey League Standings". HockeyDB. Retrieved August 18, 2015. 
  2. ^ "Season Summaries". Fairbanks Ice Dogs. Retrieved August 18, 2015. 

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