Fairbanks forward Gervais makes NCAA DI commitment
March 17, 2014
By Danny Martin, News-Miner
Former Fairbanks goalie Steve Perry is one of the reasons that Fairbanks Ice Dogs center Brett Gervais verbally committed to the NCAA Division I hockey program at Clarkson University in Potsdam, N.Y.
Perry is a former Ice Dogs goaltender and a freshman netminder this season for the Golden Knights. Perry started Friday night’s Eastern Collegiate Hockey Association playoff-series opener at Cornell, recording 33 saves in a 2-1 loss.
“Honestly, he had nothing but great things to say about the school and the hockey over there,’’ Gervais said.
Gervais, 5-foot-10 and 185 pounds, had narrowed his choices to the Air Force Academy, which plays in the Atlantic Hockey Association, and Clarkson before making his final decision three weeks ago.
Gervais appeared in the NAHL Top Prospects Tournament last month, playing on Team Midwest. Clarkson attended the event.
The 19-year-old from Corona, Calif., plans to major in mechanical engineering at Clarkson. “It’s known for its engineering and its hockey,’’ Gervais said. “I get the best of both worlds.”
Clarkson is getting an honest player, said Ice Dogs head coach Trevor Stewart. “His effort is so honest from day to day,’’ Stewart said. “Away from the rink, he’s an honest person and a great human being. Clarkson is landing an integral part of their program for the next four years,’’ Stewart added.
Gervais is one of several NAPHL alumni on the Ice Dogs roster and one of several that have climbed the ladder of development all the way to an NCAA commitment. Prior to his arrival in the NAHL, Gervais played two seasons for the Orange County Hockey Club in the NAPHL during the 2010-11 and 2011-12 seasons. He also played in the 2012 NAPHL Top Prospects Tournament.
Gervais debuted last season for Fairbanks with a strong defensive background. He’s developed an offensive side this season, ranking as the fifth-leading scorer for the Ice Dogs, who are idle this week but still hold first place in the North American Hockey League’s Midwest Division with a league-best record of 42-13-1.
“I’m always giving my all, putting my best foot forward every day,’’ said Gervais, who has 22 goals and 16 assists for 38 points in 56 games this season. “I play the game the right way,’’ he added. “I don’t cut corners and I don’t cheat myself in any way.”
Gervais built his offensive game this season after finishing last season with 14 points (10 goals and four assists) in 58 games. “It’s developed tremendously. Compared to last year, I’m more offensively responsible,’’ he said. “I’m going to keep working at it, and hopefully it continues to go on.”
Gervais is among seven players on this season’s Ice Dogs roster who have committed to Division I programs. The others are goaltender Kevin Aldridge and center Hans Gorowsky, both to Lake Superior State; defensemen Duggie Lagrone (Colorado College) and Wyatt Ege (Alaska Anchorage); center Tayler Munson (Alaska Nanooks) and forward Ethan Somoza (Bemidji State).