The Fairbanks Ice Dogs, proud members of the North American Hockey League (NAHL), are pleased to announce that rookie defenseman Wyatt Ege has committed to play NCAA Division I hockey for the University of Alaska-Anchorage (UAA). UAA is a member of the Western Collegiate Hockey Association (WCHA).
Ege, 18, expects to begin his collegiate career in the fall of 2015. The native of Elk River, Minnesota is in his first season with the Ice Dogs. In 29 games played this season, Ege (5’11/16) has six points (all assists). He is also a +4.
“We are very excited for Wyatt and feel fortunate to have him playing this season in Fairbanks,” said Ice Dogs head coach Trevor Stewart. “Wyatt is a special talent, but maybe the most encouraging part is that he still has so much potential as a hockey player. We see improvement in him every day and we know he is going to be successful at the next levels of hockey.”
Ege is the fifth player on this year’s Ice Dogs roster to make an NCAA Division I commitment. He joins Kevin Aldridge (Lake Superior St.), Duggie Lagrone (Colorado College), Tayler Munson (University of Alaska-Fairbanks) and Ethan Somoza (Bemidji State).
He also will be the seventh Ice Dogs player to play for the Seawolves since 2005-06. Those players include Matt Jolly (2002-06), Daron Underwood (2002-06), Nick Haddad (2007-11), Drew Darwitz (2009-11), Justin Kirchhevel (2009-10) and Mark Dustin (2010-12).
The Seawolves are tied for fifth in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association with Michigan Tech and Lake Superior State. All three teams have 12 points. The Seawolves, under first year head coach Matt Thomas, are 8-8-2 overall and 5-7-2 in WCHA games.
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