The Fairbanks Ice Dogs have announced that defenseman Ryan Kayfes has committed to Bentley College for next season and forward Austin Block will head to the Air Force Academy in 2009-10. Both schools compete in the Atlantic Hockey conference.
Kayfes, from Maple Grove, Minn., was acquired a few weeks before this year’s trade deadline from Bismarck, where he started his NAHL career in 2005-06.
This year, the NAHL Top Prospects Tournament selection has totaled eight goals for 17 points in 42 games.
“I love playing at The Big Dipper (arena); the fans and the atmosphere are great,” said Kayfes.
Kayfes, who will join Ice Dogs forward Aaron Stonacek at Bentley, located in Waltham, Mass., next season, is excited for the opportunity to play college hockey.
“I’ve always dreamed of playing Division I hockey and Bentley will offer a great challenge for me, both athletically as well as academically,” he said.
Block, a Royal Oak, Mich, native, has five goals for 16 points after 43 games this season. The 18-year-old is also a plus-13.
"I’m very grateful to the Ice Dogs for giving me a chance and for all they’ve done in helping me commit to the Air Force Academy. I look forward to playing hard for the ‘Dogs the next year and a half.”
Block was set on attending the Academy since his visit.
“When I first set foot on the campus in Colorado Springs, I knew I was going to attend the Academy,” he said. “It was an eye-opening experience; the campus is unreal and everything is first class.”