The Kenai River Brown Bears is a Tier II Junior Aice hockey team in the North American Hockey League's West Division based in Soldotna, Alaska. The Brown Bears are the flagship program of a larger community-based and operated Kenai Peninsula Youth Foundation, which enables players the unique opportunity to provide countless hours of public service to the local community and youth including developing athletic skills and education-even mentoring students and assisting with reading programs. The direct relationship between the hockey team and the local youth community is unique to the Kenai River Brown Bears. The team joined the North American Hockey League (NAHL) as an expansion team for the 2007-08 season, and since then has upgraded as well as added team-specific facilities to the 2,000 plus capacity Soldotna Sports Center it calls home. The Brown Bear's ultimate mission is to provide academic and athletic opportunities to student-athletes, and provide its players every possible resource to play hockey at the collegiate level.