Registration for 2023-24
Alaska Grizzlies Academy - 8U and younger players
- Learn 2 Hockey
- Ice Puppies
- Jr Grizzlies
10U - 16U Tryouts
Each athlete must be registered for the 2023-24 season with USA Hockey beforehand as the registration process will ask and require your athlete's current USA Hockey number for the '23-24 season. If you have not already obtained a 2023-24 identifier, CLICK HERE to register with USA Hockey before trying to register for team assessments. NO Late Fees are being assessed for these assessments.
August 1st | 6:45pm | UAF
August 2nd | 6:45p | UAF
August 3rd | 6:45p | UAF
August 4th | 6:45p | UAF
August 7th | 6:45p | UAF
August 7th | 5:30p | UAF
August 8th | 5:30p | UAF
August 9th | 5:30p | UAF
August 1st | 5:30p | UAF
August 2nd | 5:30p | UAF
August 3rd | 5:30p | UAF
August 4th | 5:30p | UAF **if needed
Team and Coaching Information
Welcome to competitive team assessments! All of this information (and more) will be covered at the parent meeting following the 2nd assessment. This information is intended to give parents an idea of how the season will run, approximate cost, and available fundraising opportunities.
Arctic Lions and Alaska Grizzlies are proud of our 30+ year history supporting competitive hockey players as they decide the path they want to travel. Allowing players the opportunity for development and the support for continued growth is why we have been successfully fielding teams and supporting players from Ice Puppies to the NHL.
The season plans all include several areas of focus aimed at developing the whole athlete. To accomplish this, the team will utilize the coaching staff as well as other experts and resources in the community to provide the highest level of on-ice skill development, off-ice strength, and agility training, sports psychology/mental training, community service activities, and integrity/character building.
The Arctic Lions 16U team will be led by Coach Jimmy Terry who brings over 10 years of coaching experience to the ice. This is a national bound team that could earn a spot at the USA Hockey National Tournament based on season performance. The season plan will include several areas of focus aimed at developing the whole athlete. To accomplish this, the team will utilize the coaching staff as well as other experts and resources in the community to provide the highest level of on-ice skill development, off-ice strength and agility training, sports psychology/mental training, community service activities and integrity/character building. This team will break for the high school season with practices offered during the time, but game play is scheduled as allowed by the Alaska State Activities Association. (Parent Meeting 8/3 @ 6:45p)
The Arctic Lions 14U team will be led by Jason Huffaker. As a Level 4 coach, he brings his experience developing players to the 2023-24 season. 14U can be a national bound team that could earn a spot at the USA Hockey National Tournament based on season performance. Coach Huffaker will announce his assistant coaches and specific details of the season during the first team meeting. The season plan will include several areas of focus aimed at developing the whole athlete. Coach Huffaker is known for his commitment to individual players and the team and has a history of creating high performance teams within their division. The team will utilize the coaching staff as well as other experts and resources in the community to provide the highest level of on-ice skill development, off-ice strength and agility training, sports psychology/mental training, community service activities and integrity/character building. (Parent Meeting 8/8 @ 6:45p)
The Alaska Grizzlies will host a 12U team led by Coach Jason Huffaker. Coach Huffaker is a Level 4 coach and is ready to start his 9th year of coaching with the Grizzlies. Coach Huffaker is known for his commitment to players and teams and has a history of developing teams who perform well at their State competitions and tournaments each year. This year, 12U coaches will further start to add attention to the athlete’s mental mindset, body awareness and hockey sense. Coach Huffaker is great at getting extra games and utilizing his practices well so players will see a considerable amount of ice team leading to development. The 12U team will be a major or minor team based on the NEW seeding tournament required by the Alaska State Hockey Association. (Parent Meeting 8/4 @ 8:00p)
This is a competitive travel and development hockey team led by Coach Beau McBrien and will include players of advanced skill levels who wish to be placed on a team that employs the fundamental curriculum of USA Hockey’s American Development Model (ADM) with added AKG Enhancements. Coach McBrien is starting his sixth season with the Grizzlies and has a history of developing young players on and off the ice while creating a fun and engaging environment. The Alaska State Hockey Association has determined that the 10U competitive teams will be placed as major or minor teams after the seeding tournaments in the fall. Ice sheets at the 10U level consist of full ice, half ice, and additional shared ice for 60 minutes. Game formats will focus on full ice with half ice and offered in compliance with ASHA rules. At the 10U level, players will begin to transfer skills and concepts from practices to games. Group interaction, team building, and social activities are also emphasized. A balance of practice and games will promote the continued development and mastery of key hockey skills. The 10U team will be a major or minor team based on the NEW seeding tournament required by the Alaska State Hockey Association. (Parent Meeting 8/2 @ 8:00p)
Held after the second tryout assessment upstairs near the concessions at the Patty Ice Arena. The first team meeting will be announced after the announcement of the selected players.
Budgets are an estimate of the team expenses expected for a season. After the scheduling meeting in Anchorage, the Coach, Manager, and Finance Manager will develop a final budget to be presented to parents.
PLAYER CODE OF CONDUCT AND CONTRACTS
Players, parents/guardians, and coaches will be required to sign a Code of Conduct and Player Contract. Arctic Lions and Alaska Grizzlies expect each player and their parent/guardian to review the information and understand the expectations of the Code of Conduct. Players may be removed from a team for violations of the Code of Conduct by the player or parent/guardian.
Many opportunities for fundraising are available so keep your eyes out in the near future as more information is distributed. It will also be available on our website. This is a great opportunity to reduce the out-of-pocket cost. Please see the Association Guidelines for additional information on fundraising and how you can access these opportunities to pay for your player's hockey season. Many families fundraise their entire season!
- Individual Sponsors
- AL/AK Grizzlies Concessions
- Ice Dogs Beer Booth/Concessions
- Raffle Ticket Sales
- Scorekeepers for Games
- Hoodie Fundraiser
- Team Sponsors
- Team Fundraisers
- Association Sponsored Fundraising
We are looking forward to a great year of hockey. Please feel free to reach out with any questions.
All Lions & Grizzlies assessment ice will be held at the UAF Patty Center for the upcoming season.
ASSESSMENTS for 10U and Older (Click here for Alaska Grizzlies Academy Info)
REGISTRATION: There will be no registration at check-in. All participants must register online prior to the scheduled assessment. Please make sure to provide a valid email address for communication on your athletes assigned time.
CHECK-IN: Check-In will begin 30 minutes prior to the emailed assessment time. Registered athletes must bring a light and dark jersey, game jerseys are ok for this year. There will be no registration at check-in.
PARENT MEETING: A parent meeting will be held durring assessment for each age group to discuss season plans with the coaches and admin staff, as well as present information for the upcoming season. More info regarding the parent meeting will be sent via email after the player is registered.
UNIFORM & TEAM WEAR SIZING: Uniform and team wear sizing will be done at assessments. We are again utilizing the online ordering system. If your player is named to a team you will be sent an order form.
ONCE ASSESSMENTS ARE COMPLETED
Coaches will contact each athlete and notify them of the outcome of their assessment. Those athletes selected for a team will be notified and the official roster will be posted on the website. The association will post the official team roster as soon as possible, but it is not instantaneous.
Athletes selected for a team will have their TeamSnap™ account updated and parents will be notified via phone or email to complete their registration information for the upcoming season. Information regarding the coach lead parent meeting will also be disbursed at that time and player registration fees will become due and payable within 48-hours of the team meeting unless arrangements have been made directly with the Head Coach.