Former Alaska goaltender Doug Descorie is the first inductee of the Nanook Hall of Fame’s Class of 2017.
Descorie was member of the Nanooks from 1982 to 1984.
In only the program’s third year of existence in the NCAA, Desorcie transferred to the Nanooks as a junior in the fall of 1982 after a two-year stint with the North Country Community College in Saranac Lake, N.Y.
In his first season with the Nanooks, Descorie appeared in 21 games, posting a record of 16-5-0, while helping Alaska to an overall record of 19-7-0 and backstopping the team to the program’s first trip to the NCAA Division II national tournament before being named the program’s first-ever All-American.
The following year, Descorie appeared in 17 games for the Nanooks, compiling a record of 15-3-0 in net as Alaska posted an overall record of 19-7-0. Descorie led Alaska to its second trip to the NCAA D-II national tournament, where the team reached the semifinal game before being knocked out by Bemidji State in back-to-back nights.
After the 1983-84 season, Descorie stayed on with the program, acting as the team’s volunteer assistant and goaltender coach through the 1984-85 season before acting as UAF’s director of student activities from 1987 to 1992.
Since Desorcie’s major impact in his first year as starting goaltender for the Nanooks in ’82-83, the team has dedicated the Doug Desorcie Top Newcomer of the Year award in his honor, which is given out at the conclusion of every season at the season-ending banquet.
The Nanook Hall of Fame induction ceremony and brunch will take place in the Patty Center Lobby on Saturday, Sept. 23 at 10:30 a.m. AKT. Tickets will be available online and at the door closer to the event.