FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: August 25th, 2020
NAHL’s FAIRBANKS ICE DOGS TEMPORARY RELOCATION TO MARSHALL, MINNESOTA FOR PART OF SEASON
October 2020 – January 2021
Marshall, Minn., – October 23rd, 2020, the NAHL’s Fairbanks Ice Dogs Hockey Team will temporarily relocate their team to Marshall, Minnesota. The team will practice and play two weekend “home” series at the Red Baron Arena & Expo. The home games will happen the weekends of November 26th and December 4th.
This is a great opportunity for the City of Marshall, The Red Baron Arena & Expo, as well as Marshall Amateur Hockey Association. The state-of-the-art Red Baron Arena & Expo was made for events like this. All games in the NAHL are streamed to millions of viewers on Hockey-TV. “What a great opportunity to show off our venue to another large crowd of hockey fans,” said Cody Mellenthin; Facility Manager of the Red Baron Arena & Expo.
“The Community of Marshall is thrilled that the Fairbanks Ice Dogs chose Marshall and the Red Baron Arena & Expo as their temporary home for part of their season, they saw the potential that our facilities have to host top of the line events,” added Mayor Bob Byrnes.
“Visit Marshall is so excited for the opportunity to host the Fairbanks Ice Dogs for part of their upcoming season, we would like to thank Rob Proffitt, the Ice Dogs organization, and community of Fairbanks for lending us their team,” said Cassi Weiss, “this will bring fans from all over the Midwest, including parents, visiting teams, fans, alumni and the casual hockey fan.”
“The Fairbanks Ice Dogs are so appreciative of this partnership with the City of Marshall, Visit Marshall, MAHA and the Red Baron Arena and Expo. At such a difficult crossroad in the Ice Dogs future, the whole community of Marshall is coming together to keep the program moving forward as well as forge many new relationships in our new Sister City.” Said General Manager Rob Proffitt
Rob also said “At such a difficult time, being able to work with Cassi, Josh, Cody, Scott and their respective groups, has been nothing short of amazing. Their willingness to help us get back to Fairbanks long term while in the shorter bringing something exciting to Marshall has been humbling to say the least.”
“Marshall hockey is excited to welcome these players and coaches into our community and into our homes,” said Josh Johnson, President of Marshall Amateur Hockey Association. “This is such a great opportunity for Marshall hockey players, for our players to see their dream, right in front of them,” added Johnson. Former Marshall Tiger hockey players Mason Plante and Kaleb Welvaert are currently on the Ice Dogs roster.
The Red Baron Arena & Expo is fully prepared with COVID-19 plan to ensure safety at all games, and practices following the CDC guidelines.
A group press conference including Ice Dogs General Manager Rob Proffitt, MAHA President Josh Johnson, Red Baron Arena & Expo Facility Supervisor Cody Mellenthin, and Visit Marshall Director Cassi Weiss will be posted on the Fairbanks and MARSH Sports Facebook pages this afternoon.