Alaska Nanook Hockey Alumni Association

IT WAS A SUCCESS. AND NOT JUST FOR NANOOK HOCKEY BUT FOR ALL OF UAF.

By Elizabeth Talbot

Coach Erik Largen and Nanooks hockey team. Photo by Paul H. McCarthy.
Coach Erik Largen and Nanooks hockey team. Photo by Paul H. McCarthy.

Since its creation more than 15 years ago, the Alaska Nanook Hockey Alumni Association has been an avid supporter of UAF’s hockey program.

The group formed when Scott Roselius ’81 and his fellow alumni planned a reunion in 2005. More than 150 alumni from all over the state and the world attended. And then they kept in touch.

The group organized and created a board of directors. That first gathering evolved into an annual golfing event that became a fundraiser. The Alaska Nanooks Hockey Alumni Association was born.

As president of the association and a constant supporter of UAF hockey, Roselius saw an opportunity to inspire hockey fans with a challenge for the first-ever UA Giving Day

“Our alumni organization was already planning to make a donation to the hockey program this fall,” he said. “Once we heard about Giving Day, it made sense to donate then. I think this was a great idea, and it sounds like it was a big success for UAF.”

It was a success — not just for Nanooks hockey but also for all of UAF.

Coach Erik Largen ’10 said the hockey alumni challenge created a healthy competition to inspire giving. When 20 donors made gifts UAF hockey, the hockey alumni donated $20,000.

“This shows the level of support for athletics and the true passion for Nanook hockey,” Largen said. “We are so thankful for all who supported our student athletes on Giving Day and can't wait to get back on the ice in front of them.”