Arctic Lions 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.
Arctic Lions Hockey, lead by Head Coach Jared Bounds, is excited to roll out this year’s version of the 12UAA Minor hockey squad. Featuring a blend of first and second year athletes at the 12U age group (2008 & 2009 birth years), this collection of talent is sure to light the lamp early and often throughout the season. Expectations are through the roof for these talented skaters and puck stoppers to be season title contenders.
JARED BOUNDS, Head Coach
Coach Bounds has been in and around hockey for most of his life. Now a Level 4 certified hockey coach through USA Hockey, Jared is in his 4th year coaching youth hockey in Fairbanks. Growing up in Anchorage, Alaska – Jared is a formed competitive level youth hockey player himself in that area. After moving to Fairbanks in 2002, like many coaches, he began to give back to the game that changed his life trajectory when his two sons became age eligible. Coach Bounds adds to the Lions family of coaches his knowledge of the game (having a taste of high level hockey after finishing his youth career) and well documented ability to connect with our young athletes through his high paced practices and charismatic character. A business owner since 2008 here in Fairbanks, Jared and his wife are happy to be in Fairbanks teaching our youth the greatest game on earth. (CEP# 479924 LVL 4)
PHONE: (907) 590-2529
SEAN RAFTER, Assistant Coach
Anchorage born and raised, Coach Rafter comes to the Lions via the North Stars in Anchorage. Heavily involved in High School hockey and an alumni here in AK, Sean skated at the Junior and college levels for hockey. An upbeat a stern presence on the bench and a vocal fundamentals teacher during practices, Coach Rafter is a coach’s coach in regards to his attention to detail and skill building capabilities in the athletes he teaches. Not all play, Sean is a foreman with Watterson Construction and enjoys getting dirty as much as he did going into the corners to retrieve pucks. (CEP# 264189 LVL 3)
JIMMY TERRY, Assistant Coach
Coach Terry will be a first time coach with the Lions organization this season. A Level 4 certified USA Hockey coach, Jimmy has been coaching youth sports officially since 2015. A rink rat in the best possible way. Coach Terry can often be seen hanging out at the rink or on the ice coaching not only his son, but all athletes who choose to take in the wisdom of this talented coach. Jimmy is dedicated, and his heart for helping youth athletes can be support by the countless hours he has invested not only on the ice, but as a board member and advocate for all hockey in the state of Alaska. (CEP# 453107 LVL 4)
“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
12U AA MINOR (2008-2009 BIRTH YEARS)
As your youth athlete continues to grow mentally and physically, the Arctic Lions 12U program further develops them in the second half of the Learn to Train stage. The program further 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 Arctic Lions do not measure success solely by the won-lost record of its teams. The development of the players as athletes, students, and future citizens entrusted to its charge is the true measure, and we are proud of our success on and off the ice. Success is built over periods of time, not overnight. But if the success of our teams on the ice is an indicator of our progress, we feel we are heading in the right direction. On the organizational side, Arctic Lions s sponsorship came primarily from the Fairbanks Choice Lions Club …. (Read More)