FAIRBANKS — The Alaska Nanooks hockey team picked up another recruit. The North American Hockey League announced on Friday that Corpus Christi defenseman Kyle Froese will join the Nanooks for the 2014-15 season.
Froese, listed at 6-feet, 192 pounds, was third on the IceRays last season with 22 points on six goals and 16 assists. The 22 points were a career high for the Traverse City, Michigan, native, who spent three seasons in the NAHL. He played the 2011-12 season with the Traverse City North Stars before going to the Soo Eagles for the 2012-13 season.
“I’m very honored. But at the same time, very excited,” Froese said in a NAHL press release.
Thirteen (three goals, 10 assists) of Froese’s 22 points came on the power play.
Froese went to the IceRays in a trade from the Eagles following the 2012-13 season. He was drafted by the Omaha Lancers in the United States Hockey League draft following the NAHL season.
“The coaches at UAF have a great amount of confidence in me and believe that I can come in and be ready to play and succeed at the college level,” Froese said. “Along with having the privilege to play Division I hockey, everything about UAF seemed like a great fit for me. From the coaching staff, to the academic opportunities, to the team’s style of play.”
The Nanooks finished third in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association during the regular season with a 18-15-4 mark overall while going 14-12-2 in conference play. The Nanooks fell to Alaska Anchorage in the first round of the WCHA playoffs.
The Nanooks begin the 2014-15 season with an exhibition game against Western Ontario on Oct. 3 before traveling to Anchorage for the Kendall Hockey Classic on Oct. 10-11, where they’ll take on Wisconsin the first night and Maine the second night.
Sheena Cummings, who served as the Alaska Nanooks assistant athletic director for development for three years, has resigned effective June 27. Cummings has accepted a position as a marketing assistant with the Breast Cancer Detection Center of Alaska.
Cummings, who was the senior woman administrator for two years, worked on the enhancement of the philanthropic support to benefit the Nanooks student-athletes.
“All of us with the Alaska Nanooks wish Sheena all the best as she embarks on the next phase of her career in development with a local agency that does very important work in the health care field,” director of athletics Gary Gray said in a University of Alaska Fairbanks press release.
During her time with the Nanooks, Cummings helped the Nanooks philanthropic efforts grow from $173,748 from 53 donors in 2012 to $265,271 from 276 donors in 2014.
Cummings earned the Certified Professional Fundraising Executive endorsement earlier this year and is an alum of Leaderships Fairbanks, the University of Alaska Fairbanks and serves on the board of the Association of Fundraising Professionals Alaska Chapter.
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