Matthew Harvey replaces Mark Rummukainen as team captain. Rummukainen had held the captaincy since 2014. Jordan Gavin returns as alternate captain. Wehebe Darge and Kai Miettinen take on the alternate captain role, replacing Jan Safar who did not return to the club after playing in 2016 and 2017.
The CBR Brave have announced their 2015 player awards today as follows:
- Emerging Brave – James Byers
- Coaches’ Award – Kai Miettinen and Peter Taylor
- John Lewis Memorial Award – Ryan Johnson
- Highest Points Scorer – Stephen Blunden
- Best Defender – Kyle Mariani
- Best Forward – Stephen Blunden
- Fans Choice – James Byers
- Player’s Player – Mark Rummukainen
- Bravest of the Brave – Stephen Blunden
The club has also announced the formation the CBR Brave Foundation. It has been established to help the team in raising funds for mental illness, depression and suicide prevention with a focus on young men. The Foundation will provide annual grants to charities in these areas and there are plans to launch an online auction next week to start the initiative.
Newcastle North Stars
Geordie Wudrick has broken the records for most points and most goals scored in a season, finishing with 91 points which included 44 goals and 47 assists. Wudrick’s 91 points beats previous record holder Adison DeBoer’s 85 points which was set in the 2011 season for the Canberra Knights. His 44 goals meanwhile beats the previous record of 42 set by the Gold Coast Blue Tongues’ Matt Amado in 2011.
Some headlines from the week:
- Bianca Musico talks to the Sydney Ice Dogs Tim Noting
- The CBR Brave have announced 2014 Team Awards. Petri Pitkanen won the Most Valuable Player award, Stephen Blunden was named the teams best forward, Matthew Harvey the best defender and Aaron Clayworth won the Players’ player and Coaches’ awards. Anton Kokkonen won he fan’s choice award, Mark Rummukainen won the John Lewis Memorial Award and Kai Miettinen was named the teams best under-23 player. For more information see The Canberra Times article by Lee Gaskin.
- The Newcastle North Stars have also announced the winners of their 2014 Team Awards. John Kennedy won the Most Valuable Player award, Robert Starke was named the teams best forward, Ray Sheffield the most dedicated player and Matt Wetini was named the most improved player and won the Tony Huntly Award for Best Aussie Player, while assistant coach Joey Theriault won the Coaches’ Award.
The Canberra Times have announced that the Canberra Knights players have approached the Australian Ice Hockey League (AIHL) to take on the club license and revive the team. Club owner, John Raut yesterday announced that the Knights would fold due to financial costs, lack of players and poor performance. Talks, headed by captain Mark Rummukainen, are scheduled to be held today with the AIHL deputy commissioner Alex Lata. The ACT Government has announced that if successful the $29,000 in funding would continue to be paid to the club regardless of ownership.
For more information see the article from The Canberra Times by Lee Gaskin.