Nathan Reid, who was the Fairbanks Ice Dogs’ starting goaltender early last season before being sidelined by an injury, verbally committed to the NCAA Division I hockey program at Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut.
Ice Dogs head coach Trevor Stewart, by phone Tuesday, said Reid made the commitment two weeks ago.
Reid, a 19-year-old native of Sun Prairie, Wisconsin, is playing this season with the Sioux City (Iowa) Musketeers of the United States Hockey League, a Tier I junior A league. The Ice Dogs are members of the North American Hockey League, a Tier II junior A league.
Reid was selected by Sioux City in the 16th round and 241st overall in Phase II of the USHL Draft in May.
The 6-foot-2 and 180-pound netminder played in 32 games for the Ice Dogs, compiling a 17-12-3 record with a .907 saves percentage, 2.37 goals against average and five shutouts.
“It was a different sort of year for Nate,’’ Stewart said. “He was definitely going to be our guy heading into the season. He started, he did a really good job and he continued to get better.”
Reid sustained an injury in December.
“It allowed opportunities for other people (goaltenders) and he understood that, and he was a good teammate,’’ Stewart recalled.
“We couldn’t be more proud of him. He will be going to college and playing hockey for a prestigious school like Yale.”
The Bulldogs are a member of Eastern Collegiate Athletic Conference. Yale assistant coach Josh Siembida and Stewart were teammates with the USHL’s Waterloo (Iowa) Black Hawks in 2001-02.
“They (Yale coaches) like his (Reid’s) size and athleticism, and his potential as a goalie’’ Stewart said. “ He’s only going to get better as time goes along.”
The Ice Dogs’ exhibition game against the St. Cloud Blizzard in St. Cloud, Minnesota will be shown 4 p.m. Friday at the Finish Line Restaurant in the LaQuinta Inn and Suites, 4920 Dale Road off Airport Way.
The broadcast is carried by Hockey TV.
Starting Sept. 21, every Ice Dogs regular-season road game will be shown at the Finish Line.
The Ice Dogs and the Aberdeen (South Dakota) Wings meet at 3:30 p.m. AKDT Sept. 21 during the NAHL Showcase at Schwan’s Super Rink in Blaine, Minnesota.
The game also is rematch of last season’s Robertson Cup championship game, won by Aberdeen in Blaine.
The Ice Dogs start the Showcase against the New Jersey Titans at 8 a.m. AKDT Sept. 18 in Blaine. Each team in the regular season-opening tournament plays four games.
• Ice Dogs season tickets are available at the team’s office at 139 32nd Avenue off South Cushman Street. The office is located behind Enterprise Rent-A-Car.
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