Ice Dogs Hockey

Ice Dogs forward Oliver Kjaer takes a shot towards the net during first period action in their home-opening game against the Minnesota Magicians Friday evening, October 11, 2019 at the Big Dipper Ice Arena.

The North American Hockey League named Fairbanks Ice Dogs forward Oliver Kjaer its Midwest Division Star of the Week on Monday, for his five-point effort, which helped his team to a two-game home sweep of the New Mexico Ice Wolves last weekend.

Kjaer, a 19-year-old from Esbjerg, Denmark, ranks first on the Ice Dogs roster with 1.20 points per game, tallying 36 points (16 goals and 20 assists) through 30 games. 

Kjaer scored the game-winning goal and contributed two assists to Fairbanks’ 4-3 overtime win on Friday. He added two more assists to his series tally in Saturday’s 5-0 shutout.

“Oliver is a highly skilled player that is quickly adapting to our league. His skating, IQ and hands make him a threat that will become more and more consistent,” said Ice Dogs head coach Trevor Stewart, according to NAHL’s Monday news release.

Kjaer was out the month of December, as he was preparing to skate for Denmark in the World Junior Championships in the Czech Republic.

Fairbanks forward Matt Koethe was an honorable mention for the weekly award. Koethe had a goal and an assist in Saturday’s win.

The Ice Dogs (28-9-1-2) hold the top spot in the Midwest Division standings. They next host the East Division’s Maine Nordiques (17-22-2-0) at the Big Dipper for a two-game series on Friday and Saturday. Both games start at 7:30 p.m.

Contact News-Miner sports writer Laura Stickells at 459-7530. Follow her on Twitter: @FDNMsports.