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.
Head Coach Mike Rogers and staff present this years version of the Alaska Grizzlies 16U level hockey team. Filled with 2004-05 birth year athletes, the team features many veteran Grizzlies players and coaches. Led by consistent playmakers and a sturdy and reliable defensive unit including goaltending – this year’s team looks to make a run at the 16U State Championship.
MIKE ROGERS, Head Coach
A military kid growing up, Head Coach Mike Rogers moved around a lot when he was young. It was in those formative years meeting new peers and experiencing new environments that built the foundation for communication he now uses as a linchpin within his coaching philosophy. A philosophy that has propelled his teams to two recent State Championship appearances at the 14U level and a USA Hockey National tournament bid. A high school hockey letterman, Mike is a Level 4 certified coach through USA Hockey and boasts a trophy case full of tournament wins from leadership of both boys and girls teams over his 20+ year coaching resume. A relentless relationship builder, Coach Rogers believes successful hockey players come from a large circle of support on and off the ice including teammate, parents, and hockey support staff. The circle of support it true of his own hockey family – 3 children total – who are all experiencing success on the ice at the comp level. (CEP# 227647 LVL 4)
PHONE: (907) 490-6601
LUKE BONNEWELL, Assistant Coach
Rising coaching star Luke Bonnewell skated at the Division II level as a goaltender in MI. An integral part of the hockey family here in Fairbanks, you might see Luke more often than you’d think at the UAF Patty Center as he serves as the facility manager. Positive and upbeat, Coach Bonnewell uses his unique insight of college level athletics to prepare his athletes for the next stage through a strategic coaching curriculum with attention on skillset and the tools to succeed – mentally and physically. A newlywed off the ice, you’ll always find a smile on the happy go lucky Coach who pours into area youth in the sport of hockey. (CEP# 489885 LVL 2)
“I continue to be amazed at the coaching talent the Arctic Lions organization has has the luxury of offering at all levels – especially at the younger ages. We have former collage athletes giving back to the game they love in the community they work and call home. We are so blessed as an origination and as a hockey family in Fairbanks, AK. — Jason Witt
16U A (2004-2005 BIRTH YEARS)
The 16UA level is where your athlete acquires the important skill and character trait of Learning to Compete. Now that your athlete has reduced the number of sports played to focus on the next stage of competition – this stage prepares athletes for that environment while continuing to refine technical skills, ancillary skills, and further developing physical attributes. The primary focus is on optimizing fitness preparation and to begin to specialize in ice hockey. Training is individualized to the athlete’s particular needs in skill development, mental preparation, fitness and recovery. During this stage, training volume will increase, as does training intensity. Competitions become more important and the focus shifts to performance. Training will stress the development of position specific technical and tactical skills under competitive conditions. Mental skills that contribute to performance are also emphasized. The team will skate 4-5 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)