By Bob Eley, Fairbanks News-Miner
Two more members of the Fairbanks Ice Dogs of the North American Hockey League (NAHL) have announced their intentions to play NCAA Division I hockey once their junior careers have come to an end.
Forward Devin Loe has verbally committed to Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, while goaltender Steve Perry plans to play at Clarkson University in Potsdam, N.Y.
Loe will join the RedHawks when they join the newly formed National Collegiate Hockey Confernece next season. Miami, ranked eighth in the nation in this week’s USCHO.com NCAA Division I men’s hockey poll, plays in the Central Collegiate Hockey Association along with the Alaska Nanooks. The RedHawks are second in the CCHA behind Notre Dame.
“Devin is a physical hockey player with good offensive ability,” Ice Dogs coach Trevor Stewart said earlier this week.
Loe is the Ice Dogs’ leading scorer this season with 18 goals and 16 assists for 34 points in 35 games. He has six game-winning goals, six power play goals and four power play assists.
“He still has a lot of room for development, which is an encouraging thing for Devin and Miami,” Stewart said of the 6-foot, 190-pound forward from Weston, Fla. “He most certainly hasn’t reached his peak yet.”
Perry has been with the Ice Dogs for the past three seasons and was in goal when the Dogs won the Robertson Cup in 2011.
“Clarkson is going to get a good goaltender who knows how to win,” Stewart said.
Perry, who missed part of this season because of a broken hand, has played in 16 games and has an 11-5-0 record with a .900 saves percentage. He has one shutout and a goals against average of 2.57.