Samuel Ruffin Fairbanks Ice Dogs
The Fairbanks Ice Dogs’ run through December to the top of the Midwest Division can be attributed to the play of players like forward Samuel Ruffin. The 5’10/170 lbs. native of Westfield, Indiana, had a huge month as he helped the Ice Dogs to a 7-0-1 record in eight games during the month. The 19-year-old University of Alaska-Fairbanks commit recorded 15 points (8 goals, 7 assists) in just eight games during the month of December to lead all NAHL scorers. That included four multi-point games and recording at least a point in seven of the eight games during the month. Ruffin’s 34 points to date leads the Ice Dogs in scoring and is tied for 3rd in the NAHL. “Sam’s recent success can directly be attributed to his level of compete and commitment to the game. He works to get better everyday and is being rewarded. His play, as well as many other members of our team, has helped produce a winning mentality over the last month or so,” said Fairbanks head coach Trevor Stewart.
Ruffin said that his teammates were a big part of his success in December. “My teammates were a big part of my individual success and I couldn’t have done this without them. Everyone has bought into our mission and our system and it is fun to play right now. We just want to keep it up and keep winning,” said Ruffin. “My goals haven’t changed since my commitment. I just want to work hard and be the best player I can be and help my team win games.”
Runner-Up: Jeff Skinner, Springfield Jr. Blues
Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Alex Adams, Minot Minotauros – Nathan Burke, Aberdeen Wings – Adrian Danchenko, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights - Luke Dow, Minnesota Wilderness – Brady Gaudette, Northeast Generals – Cooper Haar, Bismarck Bobcats – Travis Kothenbeutel, Austin Bruins – Zach Krajnik, Kenai River Brown Bears – Ture Linden, Lone Star Brahmas – Aaron Maguyon, Philadelphia Rebels – Donovan Ott, Johnstown Tomahawks – Evan Somoza, Odessa Jackalopes – Connor Zilisch, Coulee Region Chill