Fairbanks Ice Dogs tickets for the 2017-18 season are now available for purchase. Fans can purchase season or individual tickets by calling the Ice Dogs office at 452-2111 or visiting www.FairbanksIce Dogs.com.
The Ice Dogs will play 28 North American Hockey League games at the Big Dipper Ice Arena, as they’ll host the Minnesota Magicians in a Midwest Division battle in their home opener at 7:30 p.m. on Oct. 20.
Season ticket packages for the full 28-game home slate are available for reserved seats and general admission. Reserved season tickets cost $499, while general admission cost $359.
Tickets for individual games can be purchased in advance for $15 or $20 on game days.
With the team set to begin training camp this weekend, Ice Dogs general manager Rob Proffitt said it’s the most wonderful time of the year for Fairbanks hockey fans.
“Whenever guys are starting to report to Fairbanks, I get a little twitch in my stomach that signals the season is almost here,” Proffitt said over the phone. “It’s really right around the corner. It’s really exciting to begin a new season.”
The Ice Dogs will begin the regular season at the NAHL Showcase on Sept. 20-23 at Schwan Super Rink in Blaine, Minnesota.
Fairbanks will face the Magicians in its opener at 8:30 a.m. AKDT on Sept. 20. The team will also go toe-to-toe with the Corpus Christi Ice Rays, the Brookings Blizzard and Topeka RoadRunners during the showcase.
Before they travel to Minnesota, the Ice Dogs will travel to Soldotna for a pair of exhibition games against rival Kenai River on Sept. 15-16.
The 17th Annual Fairbanks Ice Dogs Gold Scramble will take place Saturday at the Fairbanks Golf Club.
Players can register from 7:45-8:45 a.m. before the shot gun start begins at 9 a.m.
On Saturday, Fairbanks will take the Big Dipper ice for its first practice.
Ice Dogs fans can get a sneak peek at this year’s team during three preseason scrimmages.
The team will square off for scrimmages at 5:30 p.m. on Sunday, Tuesday and Thursday at the Big Dipper.
Fans are welcome to attend the scrimmages, and admission is free.
Contact News-Miner sports writer Brad Joyal at 459-7530. Follow him on Twitter: @FDNMSportsGuy.