|Division||Pacific Rim Division|
|History||Alaska Arctics (1995-present)|
|Arena||Arctic Tundra Arena (aka "The IceBox")|
|Team colors||Cyan, Grey, White
|Owner(s)||Boris Petrov (male polar bear, 1995-present)|
|RL Primary Contact||TriangleDelta|
|RL Secondary Contact||Rourkie|
|General manager||Evgeny Zaytsev (male sphynx cat)|
|Head coach||Miguel Hernandez (male capybara)|
|Assistant coach||Hugo Fuhrmann (male Asiatic Water Buffalo)|
|Lead trainer||Ivan "The Terrible" Mirosnichenko (male arctic fox)|
The Alaska Arctics are a professional basketball team based in Anchorage, Alaska. They play in the Pacific Rim Division of the Western Conference in the Furry Basketball Association (FBA). The team formed in 1994 along with the Springfield Fusion, Tennessee Moonshiners, Spokane Rapids and the Stanislaus Thrust.
The Arctics were founded by Russian oil baron Boris Petrov (polar bear | he/him) in a bid to ingratiate himself with the Alaskan public. Petrov's long term plan was to use the good will generated from the team to further his plans for eventual arctic oil drilling and mining projects. Initially, the team's mascot was a stylized cartoon husky. Though the mascot was endearing, some fans eventually began to question the similarities between the husky and the logo of Petrov Mineral Explorations.
In 2001, the team rebranded in the face of mounting questions and criticism of their logo and mascot. They dropped the mascot altogether, and took on the logo and jersey designs that they have continued to use since.
The 2011 season, under head coach Vladmir Tabanov (snow leopard | he/him} and GM Feres Svenlocke, marked one of the Arctics' most promising seasons. Under the captainship of Rodger Umaechi (Husky, F), the team was able to make it to the Western Semifinals with strong showings throughout the season. Conflict between the head coach and general manager proved to be the team's undoing, though, with Tabanov making the unprecedented decision to bench Umaechi for the entire series. In the aftermath, Petrov fired both Tabanov and Svenlocke, and Umaechi demanded a trade.
Following the disastrous end to the 2011 season, Petrov hired on Dorian Dragomirov (Mosasaurus | he/him) as the new general manager. Dragomirov faced an uphill battle, not the least of which being winning back his team's morale and the fans' loyalty. In spite of this, he began to make significant changes to the team, and started a long period during which the Arctics were able to hold their own, and occasionally even dominate, in the competitive Pacific Rim division.
For a time, brothers Bobby Baylor (Polar Bear, F/C) and Marcus Baylor (Polar Bear, G/F) became the faces and major cornerstones of the team. Marcus's charisma made him a favourite for reporters, and his easy charm resulted in many interviews for him.
As the era of the Baylors began to grow to a close, the Arctics found a new public face and star player in Cliff Matthiews (Canadian Lynx, G). A player for the Arctics since 2010, the lynx had ridden out the lowest and highest points of the Arctics' recent history, and was a recognizable face for fans. His modesty in front of the camera, paired with his increasingly dominating performances on the court, quickly led to Matthiews being the unquestionable star of the Arctics. Throughout many lineup changes, Matthiews was a constant on the Arctics' starting line, and his name soon became synonymous with the franchise.
Following Dorian Dragomirov (Mosasaurus | he/him) stepping down as general manager during the off-season, along with the retirement of star franchise player Cliff Matthiews (Canadian Lynx, G), Petrov determined that a major shift was necessary for the team. He hired on Evgeny Zaytsev (sphynx cat | he/him), an elusive manager who worked his way up from managing teams in Russia to working in the EFBL. Zaytsev brought on many new staff, and began the process of rebuilding the team with a focus on new, young talent to train up.
|Point Guard||Shooting Guard||Small Forward||Power Forward||Center|
|23||Alessandro Serra (Weasel, G)||0||Sebastian Ciappara (Black Jaguar/Transvaal Lion, G/F)||63||Bryan Rudolph (Beaver, North American, F)||33||Tyler Conley (Husky, F)||24||Niko McNamara (Meerkat, F/G)|
|32||Rudy Cohyn Molony (Woolly Rhinoceros, C/F)||81||Mark Gerena Jr. (Greenland Shark, F)||33||Samantha Canuteson (Orca, C/F)||12||Hamish Moyce (Coyote, G/F)||3||Langston Coates (Giant Squirrel, C/F)|
|66||Kalsang Namcaki (Tibetan Mastiff, F/C)||Tex Adriano (Emperor Tamarin, G)||Ravishu Khattar (Indian flying fox/yellow-winged bat, G)||Bruno Valerio (Kangaroo Rat, F)||Devon Dukes (Ferret/Otter, C)|
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