Alaska Grizzlies Hockey provides a positive atmosphere for all student-athletes to be given the platform to demonstrate physical fitness, hockey skill growth, and the development of life skills. We build character in our athletes through competition in the game of hockey and instill in them core values that are integral to life’s successes.
The Alaska Grizzlies return to the development model for 2021 and the 14uA team helmed by Head Coach Ron Dupee. A hidden gem of the Grizzlies family of development teams at the 14U level, this year’s squad looks to build on past season’s success at equipping the next group of young hockey players for AA action. In addition to the athletes, the team also gives newer assistant coaches the chance to team up with experienced coaches to build the next generation of coaching talent in the Interior.
RON DUPEE, Head Coach
Ron Dupee has assisted coached competitive and high school hockey over the last several years and is ready for the 2021-22 season as head coach. Coach Dupee was born and raised here in Fairbanks. He has played hockey since he was seven, playing youth and high school hockey locally and two years of junior hockey with the Fairbanks Ice Dogs. Coach Dupee is committed to developing these young athletes both on and off the ice. The main focus for this team will be team and individual development in the areas of on-ice skills, skating, stick handling, shooting and off ice strength training and self-motivated hockey skill development. Coach Dupee’s goal is to build great hockey players who possess the highest levels of integrity and character.
BEN WOLFE, Assistant Coach
14U A (2007-2008 BIRTH YEARS)
At the 14UA level, AKG strategically focus on further developing sports specific skills with the introduction of competition – and start to emphasize support training to continue development of speed, strength and stamina while maintaining flexibility. This vital stage in the development model – known as the Train to Train stage – athletes begin to consolidate sport specific technical skills with an increased emphasis on hockey and a reduction in the number of other sports played. By putting a continued emphasis in development of individual and group tactics, the Grizzlies organization sets the athlete up for their best chance of advancement. Social and emotional considerations are addressed as well by providing an avenue for team-building, group interaction and social activities. The team will skate 3-4 times per week with a combination of team and individual skill sessions which can include games and in-state travel to tournaments this season providing an avenue to develop an athlete’s skills and helping facilitate achievement of their goals of advancing to the next level in hockey.
The Northern Alaska Hockey Association Alaska Grizzlies (AKG) were formed in 1991 and first skated under the name Fairbanks Ice Hawks. The founders believed that there was a need for an organization dedicated entirely to the development of a competition team program for our youth in the Fairbanks North Star Borough and surrounding areas. The goals then, as they still are now, are to increase the number of competition teams in our area, seek additional ways to financially support our teams, and to provide the …. (Read More)