– The Bears have announced that they formed a partnership with the Australian Defence Force (ADF) ice hockey team, the Army Knights for the 2016 season. The Army Knights are part of the ADF Ice Hockey Association and is made up of representatives from the Army, Air Force and Navy. The purpose of the partnership is to help promote ice hockey within the ADF as well as develop emerging talent. The Bears are also offering 50% off tickets for ADF members for the season. For more information see the announcement from the club.
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.
The CBR Brave have announced the re-signing of Canadian Stephen Blunden for the 2015 season. Blunden led the league in goals last season, scoring 36 and finished with 68 points. He has spent the 2014-15 season playing for the Cholet Dogs in the FFHG Division 1.
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.