The Fairbanks Ice Dogs, proud members of the North American Hockey League (NAHL), have announced that defenseman Pete Spratte has officially committed to play NCAA Division I hockey for Lake Superior State University, in Sault Ste. Marie, Mich., beginning this fall. Lake Superior State plays in the Central Collegiate Hockey Association (CCHA).
“It was a big relief for me and satisfying to know that the hard work I put in the last three years playing in the NAHL in Fairbanks has paid off,” said Spratte.
Spratte, a native of Rochester, Minnesota, spent three years playing in the NAHL, all for the Fairbanks Ice Dogs. In 140 career NAHL regular season games he recorded 38 points, was a +29 and recorded 138 career penalty minutes. In 2010-11, he led Fairbanks to their first Robertson Cup National Championship, appearing in all 11 playoff games.
Spratte’s best statistical season came this past year in 2011-12 when he recorded 20 points in 58 games played and helped the Ice Dogs to the Robertson Cup National Semi-Finals.
“Playing in Fairbanks the last three years has been the best three years of the life and was the best decision of my hockey career. The community and fans were incredible,” said Spratte. “I owe a lot of thanks to former Ice Dogs coaches Josh Hauge and Erik Largen and current coaches Trevor Stewart, Geoff Beauparlant and General Manager Rob Proffitt.”
Spratte, 21, said the interest for Lake Superior State really started to pick up after he played in the 2012 NAHL Top Prospects Tournament in Troy, Michigan back in February. Spratte, who played on team West, had one assist in three games during the tournament.
“I though the Top Prospects event was great because of the pure exposure to all the scouts in attendance. It was fun to play with guys in the division because you compete against them all year and then come together to try and play for the pride of your division. It was a great experience,” said Spratte.
As for his decision to attend and play hockey for Lake Superior State, Spratte said he was very comfortable with the school and the program. “I like the fact it is a smaller school in a smaller town because I like that type of atmosphere. I am just excited and grateful to have the opportunity to play hockey at the next level,” said Spratte.