Sunday, May 31, 2009

Two Ice Dogs make college choices

Press Release

Two second-year Fairbanks Ice Dogs forwards have committed to CCHA schools for the upcoming fall, as Paul Kirtland will attend Ohio State University and Eric Kraft will make his way to Lake Superior State University.

They are the 21st and 22nd players who competed in January's NAHL Top Prospects Tournament to commit to a Division I program following the event.

“These are both well deserved opportunities for a couple of outstanding hockey players,” said Ice Dogs head coach Josh Hauge. “Both of these guys have worked hard for the chance to play Division I hockey, and we couldn’t be happier for them and their families.”

Kirtland, from Overland Park, Kan., totaled six goals for 23 points in 50 regular-season games with the Ice Dogs this past season. The 21-year-old also struck for a goal and three assists in seven playoff games.

A Wayzata, Minn., native, Kraft tallied 17 goals for 41 points in 56 regular-season games. The 21-year-old notched three goals in seven postseason contests.

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