Alaska Nanooks Hockey Schedule
The Alaska Nanooks are getting ready to take on all of their biggest rivals as the
2014-2015 college hockey season gets underway. The Nanooks' home, the Carlson Center in Fairbanks, Alaska, is one of the most
electric venues in all of college hockey and there is no better place to catch a big time game. NCAA hockey is a big deal
in Fairbanks and Nanooks fans always show up in force looking to provide the team with a nearly insurmountable home ice advantage
when they play at home. Tickets to see the Alaska Nanooks in action at the Carlson Center never stay available long so be
sure to get yours from StubHub as soon as possible so you can head out and show the Nanooks your support.
Nanooks get their home 2014-2015 home schedule underway on Friday, October 17th when the Air Force Falcons come to Fairbanks.
There are several other big time match ups at home for the Nanooks this year including games against the Penn State Nittany
Lions, the Bowling Green Falcons, the the Northern Michigan Wildcats, the Alabama Huntsville Chargers, the Ferris State Bulldogs,
the Lake Superior State Lakers, and the Minnesota State Mavericks. There are ample opportunities to make your way to Carlson
Center to see the Alaska Nanooks make a charge of the conference standings during the 2013-2014 season.
Nanooks Hockey Conference
The Alaska Nanooks play in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association, or WCHA, which has
long been one of the most competitive conferences in college hockey. The WCHA has won more National Championships than any
other conference in college hockey with a combined total of thirty-six championships. Additionally, a school from the WCHA
has made it to the finals and finished as runners up twenty-eight times. The most recent winner of the NCAA Men's Hockey National
Championship from the WCHA are the Minnesota Duluth Bulldogs who won it all in 2011. The conference was founded before the
1951 season and is currently made up of 16 teams: the Alaska Anchorage Seawolves, the Bowling Green State Falcons, the Alabama
Huntsville Chargers, the Ferris State Bulldogs, the Alaska Fairbanks Nanooks, the Bemidji State Beavers, the Lake Superior
State Lakers, the Minnesota State Mankato Mavericks, the Michigan Tech Huskies, and the Northern Michigan Wildcats. Last season
marked a major change for the WCHA as several teams left for newly formed hockey conferences in the Big Ten and the National
Collegiate Hockey Conference. With new additions to the conference comes new blood and the potential for new rivalries which
will grow over the years. The WCHA is still one of the top hockey conferences in the NCAA and the go-to place for world-class
Last season the Alaska Nanooks finished third in the WCHA during the regular
season but were eliminated in the first round of the WCHA tournament by the Alaska Anchorage Seawolves. Each and every returning
player will be looking to improve upon last year's results and find their way back to the NCAA Tournament. Head coach Dallas
Ferguson has proven to be among the best in college hockey and he will have one of his most talented teams to date during
the 2014-2015 season. Helping to lead the Nanooks on the ice will be defenseman and captain Colton Beck who has already had
a stellar career in Fairbanks and would like nothing more than a deep run in the NCAA Tournament before he leaves campus.
This is looking to be an exciting season for the Alaska Nanooks and you will want to be there cheering them on right from
Hockey fans in general are some of the most passionate sports fans around, but
nothing quite matches the fanaticism surrounding college hockey and Alaska Nanooks fans are some of the most dedicated and
vociferous fans in the entire NCAA. On game day at the Carlson Center, the fans file in and take their seats when the cheering
and chanting begins. As the clock winds down closer and closer to the dropping of the puck the crowd works itself into a frenzy.
Finally both teams are ready for face off and the excitement really begins. Thunderous, bone rattling hits, incredible displays
of speed and agility, powerful slapshots, and tremendous saves set the arena on fire for the following three periods of world
class college hockey. By the time the final buzzer sounds your voice is hoarse and your palms are stinging from clapping and
giving high fives and you will already be planning a return trip.
The Alaska Nanooks last made
the NCAA Tournament following the 2009-2010 season when they made it to the Regional Semifinals before losing to Boston College
3-1. College hockey was first played in Fairbanks in 1925 when the Nanooks went 3-1 without a coach. The program was briefly
abandoned before resurfacing in 1932.