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 return to the development model for 2020 and the 14uA team helmed by Head Coach John Slater.  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 Tier II 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.


Coach Slater has more than 20 years coaching experience in the Fairbanks area, at both competitive and recreational league levels. First donning the whistle in 1997 with the Alaska Ice Breakers girls’ program, he remained with the organization through the 2004 season before taking a short break and returning to coaching in 2007. A Level 4 Coach through USA Hockey’s strict certificate regime, Coach Slater can often be seen at the rinks he grew up playing in himself (John is a ’94 North Pole High school hockey letterman) guiding and mentoring youth athletes including his own two hockey playing sons – William and Robert. For the Slater family, hockey is life. Residing in North Pole, Coach Slater’s involvement in Fairbanks area hockey also includes his role as Vice President for the Fairbanks Men’s Hockey Association, Advanced Division.  John’s passion for hockey, creating enjoyment, and seeing players improve throughout the season is his biggest goal.  John’s experience, knowledge and unique ability to see what some can’t see in themselves will surely lead this team to success this season. (CEP# 26654 LVL 4)

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An imposing figure on the ice, but a gentle giant off – Coach Samuel Schneider has a heart for mentoring athletes. A rising coaching talent in the interior, Coach Schneider officially began his hockey coaching career last year as a Level 1 certified coach through USA Hockey. The husband and father of four uses his uncanny mastering of connection to dig deep into the development of character and skills on behalf of the athletes he’s lucky enough to be put in charge of. This is Samuel’s second season coaching, and first with the Alaska Grizzlies. (CEP# 504158 LVL 1)

“I am excited to coach this team this year as it has a lot of talented players, some I have coached in the past. My experience, knowledge, and unique ability to see what some can’t see in themselves will surely lead this team to success this season.” — Head Coach John Slater

14U AA (2006-2007 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)




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