Kenai River Brown Bears

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Kenai River Brown Bears
Kenai River Brown Bears logo.png
City Soldotna, Alaska
League North American Hockey League
Division Midwest
Founded 2007
Home arena Soldotna Sports Center
Colors Green, Red, and Brown
              
Owner(s) Kenai Peninsula Youth Foundation
General manager Nate Kiel
Head coach Josh Petrich (2017–18)
Franchise history
2007–present Kenai River Brown Bears

The Kenai River Brown Bears are a Tier II junior ice hockey team in the North American Hockey League based in Soldotna, Alaska. The team joined the North American Hockey League (NAHL) as an expansion team for the 2007–08 season, and since then has upgraded and added team-specific facilities to the 2,000 plus capacity Soldotna Sports Center it calls home.

On February 28, 2017, during a major slump in the Alaskan economy, years of team futility and increased travel costs, the Brown Bears announced it would cease operations at the end of the 2016–17 season.[1] However, after a fan fundraising effort, the Brown Bears applied to the NAHL for approval to reactivate in April 2017 and was approved.[2]

Season-by-season records[edit]

Season GP W L OTL PTS GF GA PIM Finish Playoffs
2007–08 58 12 38 8 32 144 257 1272 6th, South Did not qualify
2008–09 58 14 36 8 36 165 249 1350 4th, West Lost in 1st Round
2009–10 58 12 40 6 30 144 247 1045 4th, West Lost in 1st Round
2010–11 58 27 24 7 61 189 191 1076 4th, West Lost Div. Semifinals
2011–12 60 31 25 4 66 186 189 894 4th, West Lost Div. Semifinals
2012–13 60 29 25 6 64 139 224 1115 3rd, West Lost Div. Semifinals
2013–14 60 28 24 8 64 164 178 1181 4th, West Lost Div. Semifinals
2014–15 60 16 42 2 34 132 244 963 5th, West Did not qualify
2015–16 60 4 51 5 13 109 232 1351 6th of 6, Midwest Div.
22nd of 22, NAHL
Did not qualify
2016–17 60 12 46 2 26 121 233 1255 6th of 6, Midwest Div.
23rd of 24, NAHL
Did not qualify

Playoffs[edit]

  • 2009
First Round – Fairbanks Ice Dogs defeated Kenai River Brown Bears 3-games-to-0
  • 2010
First Round – Wenatchee Wild defeated Kenai River Brown Bears 3-games-to-0
  • 2011
Divisional Semifinals – Fairbanks Ice Dogs defeated Kenai River Brown Bears 3-games-to-0
  • 2012
Divisional Semifinals – Fairbanks Ice Dogs defeated Kenai River Brown Bears 3-games-to-0
  • 2013
Divisional Semifinals – Fairbanks Ice Dogs defeated Kenai River Brown Bears 3-games-to-2
  • 2014
Divisional Semifinals – Fairbanks Ice Dogs defeated Kenai River Brown Bears 3-games-to-2

Head coaches[edit]

  • 2007–2009: Mike Flanagan
  • 2011–2013: Oliver David
  • 2013–2016: Geoff Beauparlant
  • 2016–2017: Jeff Worlton[3]
  • 2017–present: Josh Petrich

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Brown Bears to cease operations next year". Peninsula Clarion. February 28, 2017. 
  2. ^ "Brown Bears reactivated for next season". Peninsula Clarion. April 18, 2017. 
  3. ^ "Kenai River announces coaching change". NAHL. January 12, 2016. 

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