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 are excited to offer a 12uA level team this year which further emphasis our commitment to skill development and athlete preparation for advancement. Populated with athletes from the 2008-09 birth years, this year’s team is lead by Head Coach Benjamin Wolfe and looks to build on the success of last year’s version which saw success on the ice and off.
BENJAMIN WOLFE, Head Coach
Coach Wolfe has been in and around the Fairbanks hockey scene for the better part of two decades or more. First registered as a certified coach in the 90’s, Benjamin uses a perfect blend of old school hockey expertise and new age tactics and knowledge that prepares his athletes with the right tools for success in today’s hockey environment. A former advanced level hockey player and alumni himself here in Fairbanks, Coach Wolfe knows the community, it’s opportunities, and how to prep athletes for the next level of play. Coach Wolfe has coached many teams through highly successful seasons and will bring that experience to this team. (CEP# 471820 LVL 4)
PHONE: (907) 978-9306
JASON LINDSEY, Assistant Coach
Jason Lindsey is a life-long Alaskan who grew up in the Fairbanks community playing hockey through the FAHA organization. Coach Lindsey is starting his third year as an assistant coach for the Grizzlies – and entering his eighth year as a volunteer for the NAHA organization. Jason is a USA Hockey CEP Level 4 coach who enjoys hitting the ice with the kids while helping them develop their skills, grow as athletes, and have fun playing the best sport on the planet. In the off season, he enjoys coaching youth baseball as well as fishing and camping with his family. (CEP# 447571 LVL 4)
JASON HUFFAKER, Assistant 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. 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 as a skilled dryland coach. A member of local 375 and the Ibew 1547 – Huffaker has owned a business, built his house, and been a sponsored skate boarder. (CEP# 453104 LVL 4)
“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
12U A (2008-2009 BIRTH YEARS)
As your youth athlete continues to grow mentally and physically, the Alaska Grizzlies 12U program further develops them in the second half of the Learn to Train stage. The program develops sports specific skills, continues the introduction of competition, and starts to emphasize a robust support training schedule off ice. Falling at the early onset of the first growth spurt in most athletes, our 12U program is designed to aide athletes in the process of transferring skills and concepts from games to practices. Athletes can expect 4 on-ice sessions and 1-2 off-ice sessions per week with weekends reserved for in town game series and weekend travel to tournaments and festivals. Assessments are held in the fall as teams are formed with 12 skaters and 2 goalies. A 3:1 practice to game ratio promotes the continued development and mastery of key hockey skills which will have a significant effect on the level of play that is achieved later on in the athlete.
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)