Garby becomes latest Ice Dog to commit to Division I level

Published: Apr. 5, 2021 at 5:10 PM AKDT
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FAIRBANKS, Alaska (KTVF) - Fairbanks Ice Dogs’ highest-scoring defensemen has announced his upcoming plans on and off the ice. Andrew Garby, of Canton, Michigan, has committed to play for Army-West Point’s Division I hockey program, a decision he believes best suits his future.

“I’m extremely excited and humbled to be able to go to West Point to play for an amazing program, while also advancing my education and serving my country,” said Garby in a NAHL press release. “It’s an amazing opportunity that I have because of the unbelievable support of my family, friends, teammates, coaches, and fans here in Fairbanks.”

Garby joins two former Ice Dogs who are currently enrolled and compete for Army-West Point in the Atlantic Hockey Conference in Daniel Haider (2016-18) and Noah Wilson (2017-19), while current Ice Dog Luke Ciolli, who continues to recover from brain surgery, previously committed to Army West-Point in January 2019.

Garby, a 2000-born defenseman, has skated in 131 games in an Ice Dog sweater, the most by any member on the current roster.

“Andrew [Garby] has been the heart and soul of this team during this unusual year,” said Ice Dogs head coach Trevor Stewart. “He brings it every night we couldn’t be happier for him and his family regarding this commitment to Army.”

Garby becomes just the latest Ice Dog on the 2020-21 roster to commit to the Division I level. While Garby and Ciolli have committed to Army, Bret Link, Nicholas Ostbloom and Mason Plante have committed to stay in Fairbanks and skate for the Alaska Nanooks. Austin Ryman, a Fairbanks-native who only appeared in three games for the Ice Dogs this year, signed to UAF in December before their season was officially called off. Jake Hale is headed to the University of Minnesota-Duluth, while Jasper Lester has committed to Air Force Academy.

This season alone, Garby has collected 6 goals and 13 assists for 19 points in 36 games, tops among Fairbanks defensemen.

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