In the second season of the Ice Road Truckers, the drivers were assigned the responsibility of hauling the heavy metal of natural gas drilling rigs from Inuvik to Tuktoyaktuk across the thinner ice roads and ice choked seas of the Arctic ocean.
The season one drivers, Hugh, Alex, Rick and Drew must know and follow the new rules and conditions. they were treated as “highway maggots” which means rookies on the road in the language of local drivers. The drivers in season 2 are
1. Hugh Rowland, who secured top position in the money count during season one.
2. Alex Debogorski, whose load count during season 1 was 648.
3. Rick Yemm, who returned home during season 1 as he felt that his friend Hugh is irresponsible when it comes to maintaining trucks.
4. Drew Sherwood, who left the ice roads during season 1 because of his hard luck.
5. Eric Dufresne, who has 26 years of driving experience on the ice roads.
6. Bear Swensen, who has got six years of driving experience on ice roads and logging experience.
The supporting personnel for season 2 are
1. Kurt Wainman, who hired Hugh and Drew to drive for him and is the owner of Northwind Industries.
2. Doug Saunders, who is the operations manager for the company E. Gruben’s Transport which hired Alex and Rick.
3. Shaun Lundrigan, who is the chief mechanic at the Gruben’s freight yard in Tuktoyaktuk.
4. Jerry Dusdal, who takes the responsibility for the truckers’ safety and delivery of their loads.
5. Davey Lennie, who responds to any distress calls and looks after the trucks whenever the road is closed.
6. Kelly Brown, who works for Matco Transportation and helps Drew to get used to driving on the Arctic ice roads.
7. Jordan Fedosoff, who is the manager of Matco’s Inuvik branch office.
8. Devon Neff, who works for Mullen and is a rookie driver.
The first episode ‘Edge of the Earth’ was aired on June 8, 2008 with new rules and conditions to all the drivers on the ice road. The second episode ‘Mechanical Mayhem’ was premiered on June 15, 2008 where in Drew finds work and all the other drivers haul the packages to their destinations.
The third episode ‘The Big Blizzard’ was premiered on on June 22, 2008 in which the drivers have to deliver their loads before the ice road becomes impassable as the season’s first major blizzard closes. The fourth episode ‘Arctic Whiteout’ was premiered on June 29, 2008 which features the shut down of the entire operation as the gas drilling wells at Aput have dried up and the operation was moved to a new site at Langley.
The fifth episode ‘Lost on the Ice’ was aired on July 6, 2008 which features the road being cleared and reopened and the truckers start carrying the equipment from Aput to Langley. The sixth episode ‘Hundred Ton Haul’ was premiered on July 13, 2008, features how the derrick is moved successfully and its 80-ton substructure is put in place. The seventh episode ‘Man Down’ which was aired on July 20, 2008, features Alex’s deteriorating health and the loads that need to be hauled from Aput to Langley.
The eighth episode ‘A Trucker’s Farewell’ which was aired on July 27, 2008, features Alex ending his ice road season early. The ninth episode ‘A Rookie Fumbles’ which was premiered on August 3, 2008, shows that the time has come to dismantle the Mallik site. The tenth episode ‘Highway Maggots’ which was aired August 10, 2008, shows how the ice road is badly worn but still the workers are called in to move the loads.
The next episode ‘Man vs. Ice’ which was premiered on August 17, 2008, shows how the equipment has to be moved out before the ice melts. The episode ‘The Big Thaw’ which was premiered on August 24, 2008, features how the equipment had to be cleared from the Langley site before the ice melts. The episode ‘Road to the Finale’ which was premiered on August 31, 2008, provides a recap of key events from the season.
The final episode ‘The World Crumbles’ which was premiered on September 7, 2008, features how the tons of equipment has to be moved within 12 hours. The final load count for the drivers in the season 2 are Alex – 22, Bear – 63, Drew – 9, Eric – 67, Hugh – 68 and Rick – 51, making Hugh the top of the load count.