For a complete list of 2019-20 Jr Grizzlies 8U coaching and team assignments, click here.

8U Division Coordinator: Shane Callahan (443) 722-5477
6U & 8U Program Coordinator: Nicole Valentine (907) 388-5190


Northern Alaska Hockey Association (NAHA) welcomes you back for a new season of AK Grizzlies hockey. Now that your young athlete has graduated from the Ice Puppies 6U we welcome you to the Jr Grizzlies program. If this is your first season with Grizzlies Hockey, you may have some questions about how to get your child playing for the Jr Grizzlies for the upcoming season - so we have created the the below FAQ to help answer most of the questions. If you have any further questions and would like to talk with a board representative, email icepuppiesandjrgrizzlies@gmail.com or call (907) 460-1925 for immediate assistance.


The Jr Grizzlies 8U program offers training for young hockey players based on groupings of like skill between the ages of seven and eight (7-8) that employs the fundamental curriculum of USA Hockey’s American Development Model (ADM) with several AK Grizzlies enhancements. The Jr Grizzlies 8U program focuses on the development of physical literacy and builds on the mastery of fundamental movement skills that was initiated through participation in the Ice Puppies 6U program. Additional basic hockey skills are introduced such as skating and puck control and mastered through FUN competitions in a team environment. The primary ice times will be Monday or Wednesday and Saturday/Sunday mid-mornings from late September through early March (50 minutes) with breaks during holidays. Optional skill building sessions will be available and are usually offered on weekends. Game formats will be cross-ice and full ice and coaches will begin to introduce positional play and rules of the game to older 8U skaters in preparation for the transition to 10U AA hockey. Games are played against AK Grizzlies teams and teams from other associations in the Fairbanks and surrounding areas when available. Teams are formed based on evaluated skill knowledge in groups of 9-12 skaters. If you have further questions regarding the Jr Grizzlies 8U program, see the FAQ section at the bottom of this page.



Skater Ages: (Ages 7 to 8 as of December 31st)

Season Start Date: Sept 29th @ UAF Patty Center.

Season End Date: Early March (program breaks for major holidays).

Costs: $575 (Payment options available as well as fundraising opportunities to reduce the out-of-pocket cost.)

Referral Program: Earn up to $25 for each new Jr Grizzly you refer.  Email us their name at arcticlions907hockey@gmail.com and we will credit your account $25 when they register.  Referral credits will be distributed or applied by November 1st.

Ice Sessions: 50-60

Ice Locations: UAF Patty Center

Jamboree: A minimum of 2 jamborees are included in the cost

Required Equipment: For a detailed list of equipment your athlete may need, click here.

Assessments: Yes

Program Contact: Nicole Valentine (Program Coordinator) 907-388-5190 icepuppiesandjrgrizzlies@gmail.com


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To help you make the decision if our Jr Grizzlies 8U program is the right fit for your young athlete, we've listed a few common questions and answers below regarding the program.

Have more questions? We'd love to answer them. Get in touch with the Board of Directors or call (907) 460-1925.