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 is proud to present this years iteration of the 14UAA USA Hockey National Bound team, lead by UAF Alumni and Head Coach Kerry Hafele. Filled with a blend of first and second year athletes at the 14U age group (2006 & 2007 birth years), this collection of talent has a strong pedigree of success and is coached by decorated coaches who have represented AK well nationally. Expectations are through the roof for these talented skaters and puck stoppers to be season title contenders locally, state wide, and beyond.
KERRY HAFELE, Head Coach
Coach Kerry Hafele knows hockey and hockey players. After a successful playing career that took him all the way to Division 1 college hockey with the local UAF Nanooks, Hafele began coaching in the late 90’s with West Valley High School in Fairbanks and mentor Erik Drygas. Fast forward more than 20 years and Kerry is still just as enthusiastic and dedicated to developing hockey players with goals to continue playing on a nationwide stage. Learning some valuable lessons along the way to winning nation wide and Canadian tournaments at various age groups, Coach Hafele has a decorated and established list of honors and is considered one of the best coaches Fairbanks has ever produced. A steadfast student of the game, Coach Hafele is known for adapting and leading current needs in hockey and its athletes. Past and current skaters (including his own two sons Kaiden & Landon – not to mention his superstar swimming daughter Avery) appreciate Hafele’s engagement on the ice, the way he makes working hard fun, and the changes they see in themselves after they have the opportunity to play for him. (CEP# 227669 LVL 4)
PHONE: (907) 388-5444
DIRK MENARD, Assistant Coach
UAF Hockey alumni Dirk Menard has been coaching youth athletes in Fairbanks for the better part of the last decade. A pillar of the community and the Fairbanks hockey family, Dirk started giving back to the sport he loves around the 2010 season. Officially signing up and starting his trek through the USA Hockey certificate system in 2013, Dirk now is a Level 4 certified hockey coach through USA Hockey and has traveled around the state and continuous US leading and supporting teams of all ages into battle against out of state competition. (CEP# 420048 LVL 4)
KEVIN DAVIS, Assistant Coach
Officially starting his coaching journey with the 2015 season through USA Hockey, Coach Davis now resides as a level 3 USA Hockey Certified coach. A dedicated and purposeful volunteer in all aspects of the sport of hockey here in Fairbanks, Coach Davis is the glue that holds any great coaching staff together. A jack of all trades in knowledge and character, Kevin can be seen volunteering his time on the ice, off the ice, and as a parent in any capacity needed with a smile on his face and pep in his step. (CEP# 447562 LVL 3)
“Long time Arctic Lions coaches and former UAF Nanooks Kerry Hafele and Dirk Menard are looking forward to seeing this years 14 AA (Tier II) Lions in action. This years team is a pretty even mix of 06 and 07 birth year players poised to build on last years Lions team that lost an overtime heartbreaker in last years state championship game. There is some good talent on this team and a lot of potential for improvement. — Bruce Haas, President Arctic Lions Hockey
14U AA (2006-2007 BIRTH YEARS)
At the 14UAA level, the Arctic Lions strategically focus on further developing sports specific skills, begin to introduce competition, and start to emphasize support training to continue development of speed, strength and stamina while maintaining flexibility – all at this vital Train to Train stage in the athlete’s development cycle. 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 Lions 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 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 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)