The Mat-Su Valley has not had junior hockey since the old Alaska Avalanche in 2012. It will be home to the North American Hockey League for at least one night this weekend.

The Kenai River Brown Bears will close out their home-half of their schedule this weekend on the road.

The NAHL team will host in-state rival Fairbanks Friday night at Palmer's MTA Events Center and Saturday at Anchorage's Subway Sports Center.

The general manager of the Ice Dog says the games are designed to do more than promote the junior hockey league.

"We've got to add two more teams up here to stay sustainable for a long time, the travel costs are just humongous at this time, so, if we can get two viable organizations, Anchorage, Eagle River, Palmer, Wasilla area, two in those markets, create a four-team Alaska Division, it's just going to create long-term sustainability," said Rob Proffitt.

The new teams would take the ice in time for the start of the 2019-20 season.

Game time for both games this weekend is at 7:30 p.m.

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