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 which are integral to life’s successes.
The Alaska Grizzlies 10UA team and Head Coach Jason Huffaker features several Ice Puppies and Jr Grizzlies graduates on this year’s installment. In our third year of the Grizzlies organization fielding teams at the A level, this year’s team continues the new tradition of using A level teams to focus on skill development. Skaters continue skill acquisition through the introduction of team concepts in preparation for the next level at the AA level.
JASON HUFFAKER, Head Coach
Coach Huffaker begins his 6th year coaching youth hockey in Fairbanks serving as Head Coach or Assistant Coach on 14 different teams over that span. The opportunity to grow and learn from different coaches over the last half decade has given Jason a unique development path that has allowed him to quickly become one the city’s premiere bench bosses. Now a Level 4 coaching certificate holder, Coach Huffaker uses fundamentals as the basis of his coaching philosophy and drags that same mantra with him off the ice. A legendary dryland coach, Jason uses that foundation off the ice to instill in his athletes the important of taking care of your body in regards to peak performance standards on the ice. A member of local 375 and the Ibew 1547 – Huffaker has owned a business, built his house, and been a sponsored skate boarder. Born and raised in Fairbanks, Jason is the epitome of Alaska and uses that foundation to prep his athletes for the big lights and big dreams that start at the 10U level. (CEP# 453104 LVL 4)
PHONE: (907) 750-0042
JOSHUA MURRAY, Assistant Coach
Coaching on and off since the 2009-10 season, Josh Murray is a Level 3 USA Hockey Certified coach. A late bloomer to the sport of hockey, Coach Murray began to fully embrace the hockey life as a 23 year-old Men’s League participant. Although life has forced him away from time to time, Josh has always came back hungry for the game and has shared that passion with the athletes that he has been lucky enough to teach. A student of the game, Josh has completed modules twice (some for technical difficulties, and others to remain up to date with all the latest and greatest techniques to reach youth athletes. Coach Murray began coaching his children during their time with the Ice Puppies and up – now having a son who is in his 10th year of hockey. (CEP# 279751 LVL 3)
SAMUEL SANDERS, Assistant Coach
A natural athlete growing up in Alaska, Coach Sanders has played soccer, basketball, baseball, wrestling, and most recently hockey. It was in his late 20’s that Sam started playing hockey when his father in-law, who had played hockey his whole life, talked him in to it. After waiting patiently for his son to be old enough to embark on the Ice Puppies program, he joined the Ice Puppies himself and decided to help out on the ice as much as he could. Now having helped coach 6u and 8u, Coach Sanders moves up to the 10u level. Off the ice, Sam works as a paramedic and uses that background to keep an eye on the kids and watch out for injuries and medical concerns. (CEP# 504157 LVL 1)
TIMOTHY COTTON, Assistant Coach
Growing up and attending high school on the gulf coast of Mississippi, Coach Cotton’s journey to ice hockey took a short detour via roller hockey. Ice wasn’t readily available, so playing roller hockey league started Tim’s life long love of the sport of hockey. Military veteran, after spending 5 years in the Marine Corps working on radar, the military eventually bought Coach Cotton to Fairbanks working for the FAA. Having coached both of his boys’ hockey teams in either Head or Assistant Coach positions for the last four season, the Goalie coach has a Bronze Level goalie certification. (CEP# 479931 LVL 3)
“I hope to foster a deep love of the game of hockey to all the kids and make it fun. I am excited for the next season and watching all the kids grow as a team and as individuals.” — Asst Coach Sam Sanders
10U A (2010-2011 BIRTH YEARS)
The Alaska Grizzlies 10UA program competes and trains at the Squirt A (Tier 3) level through the Alaska State Hockey Association in the recreational division. The development program for the Alaska Grizzlies competitive teams, the 10UA program focuses heavily on skater skill acquisition while introducing team concepts in preparation for the next level. Unlike the intense travel schedule of the AA program, the development team will play almost it’s full schedule of games locally or part of tournaments and festivals within the state of Alaska. This season will help the development of players and follow the recommended USA Hockey ADM model with a few Grizzlies enhancements. This team is designed for players who are motivated to grow and develop as athletes both on and off the ice.
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)