Fairbanks forward Mobley makes NCAA DI commitment
April 17, 2019
By Danny Martin, News-Miner
The Fairbanks Ice Dogs of the North American Hockey League (NAHL) are pleased to announce that Top Prospects forward Luke Mobley has committed to play NCAA Division I hockey for Clarkson University in the ECAC.
The Ice Dogs have a good Clarkson connection in former head coach Josh Hauge.
Hauge, who as head coach for the Ice Dogs during the 2010-11 season, guided Fairbanks to its first North American Hockey League’s Robertson Cup national championship. Hauge, who also was an Ice Dogs assistant coach, recently completed his third season as an assistant coach for Clarkson, of Potsdam, New York and the Eastern Collegiate Athletic Conference.
It was a bonus for the 19-year-old center that had a connection to the Ice Dogs. “That’s a great connection. Definitely,” Mobley, by telephone, said of Hauge, whom he first met two years ago through an Ice Dogs scout.
Mobley is considering working for a degree in business when he’s not working on the ice for the Golden Knights. “I really like that it’s a good school and they’re a good team,” Mobley said.
Clarkson, this past season, captured the ECAC Tournament championship and advanced to the NCAA Division I tournament.
Mobley, a 6-foot-3, 205-pounder from St. Louis Park, Minnesota, is the eighth player from this season’s Ice Dogs roster to commit to a college hockey program.
He’s also among seven Ice Dogs from 2018-19 to commit to Division I programs. The others are Dylan Abbott (Minnesota State), Jax Murray (Arizona State), Jonny Sorenson (Minnesota), John Stampohar (Canisius) and Luke Ciolli and Noah Wilson, both to Army.
“It’s a fantastic program,” Mobley said of the Ice Dogs. “It’s the perfect place to play to junior hockey. Everything from the ice time, the fans, the atmosphere (of the Big Dipper Ice Arena) and teammates.
Mobley has contributed 19 goals and 28 assists and 47 points this season, his second with the Ice Dogs. He skated in eight games last season. Mobley was also selected to and played in the 2019 NAHL Top Prospects Tournament for the NAHL Selects Red team.
“They just really like the way Luke’s game has come along and they’ve had interest for a while,” Ice Dogs head coach Trevor Stewart, by phone Tuesday, said of the Clarkson coaching staff.
“They’ve seen what he’s done, particularly since Christmas time, in his development and they really like it. He’s got a good 200-foot game (length of a regulation hockey rink) going on right now and he’s confident. He’s got a big body and lot of room for development. There’s a lot to like.”