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5 reasons to catch the CBR Brave this season

Ashleigh Went

Since its creation in 2014, local ice hockey team the CBR Brave has drawn more fans every season.

After an eventful couple of months (was it just us, or was there something on every weekend?), the city begins to wind down as our heaters are cranked up. How to heat things up again? Weekends watching CBR Brave home games at the Phillip Swimming and Ice Skating Centre.

This Saturday at 5:30pm, the CBR Brave will take on the Sydney Bears—and it’s just the beginning of what’s pegged to be a very exciting season, with a tonne of action-packed home games.

Here are five things to get excited about this season.

THE PLAYERS

The CBR Brave have announced an impressive line up of new imports for the season, including Canadian Hayden Dawes, fellow Canadian ‘savage sniper’ Chris Leveille, Ainars Podzins from the Edinburgh Capitals, defenseman Channing Brasciani from the University of Manitoba Bisons, Per Daniel Goransson, formerly of the PerthThunder and Trevor Gerling from Tacoma, Washington and goaltender Matt Hewitt from the University of British Columbia who had previously dressed for NHL side the Vancouver Canucks.

The imports join CBR Brave crowd favourites like Bayley Kubara, Alex Tétreault, Kai Miettinen and Jordan Gavin, to name a few. The players are under the careful watch of reappointed Head Coach Rob Starke, with new assistant coaches Mike Sergeant and Gordon Cockell.

THE BRAVE CAVE

The Phillip Swimming and Ice Skating Centre is affectionately known to fans as “The Brave Cave”. While many locals agree that the Centre is overdue for an upgrade, there’s still plenty of reasons to love it.

Firstly, there’s the nostalgia factor.  Not only do many Canberrans have memories of ice skating and swimming at the pool, but there’s also been many memories made in recent Brave history. Since the team started in 2014, it’s been the place where Brave fans flock to see their team take to the ice.

Then, there’s the atmosphere. What we lack in space, we make up for in ambience. If you’re an OG Brave fan, you know all too well what I’m talking about. If you’ve yet to watch a home game, then you’re in for an experience. Fans pile in wall-to-wall, with excitement that’s palpable, and enthusiastic shouts that can be heard for miles.

THE STREAM TEAM

Can’t make it to the Cave? You don’t have to miss out on the action: every CBR Brave home game is streamed live.

The ‘stream team’ are Grizzly and Sledge, teaming up to bring you the games live via MixLr. Check out the CBR Brave Facebook page for their pre-game previews and post-game wrap-ups.

The audio streams kick off just before puck drop and can be accessed here.

THE MERCH

Supporting your team once meant donning a lurid, tacky jersey. CBR Brave have always been on their game when it comes to merchandise, and with snapback caps, sleek hoodies, t-shirts, pucks, patches and stickers, there’s a bunch of different ways to show your support without sacrificing style.

Plus, you can shop online so it’s never been easier to get your hands on CBR Brave gear.

THE RIVALRIES

Few sports teams have made history without a little rivalry, and the CBR Brave have certainly had their share. Three weeks before the 2016 season kicked off, Geordie Wudrick left the Newcastle North Stars to join the CBR Brave. The move drew some memorable comments from former Stars Coach Andrew Petrie, who called Canberra “the middle of nowhere”. The comment became a running joke for the remainder of the season, with some cheeky banter between teams.

Another team to beat is the Melbourne Ice, who the CBR Brave have gone up against in two semi-finals and two grand finals. While they haven’t secured a win yet, the team is fiercely determined. With the Brave recently recruiting the Melbourne Ice’s star player Joey Hughes and young gun Darcy Flanagan, this rivalry is sure to heat up.

With some fresh imports and old favourites, this might just be our year.

Want to win a double pass to this weekends game? Head to the HerCanberra ACTIVE Facebook page to enter our giveaway.

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Ashleigh Went

HerCanberra ACTIVE Editor Ashleigh Went has a passion for all things health and wellness. As someone who loves champagne and cheese almost as she loves a sweaty workout, she's all about living a healthy, balanced lifestyle. She can usually be found with her nose in a book, planning her next adventure, in the gym or updating her Instagram @wentworthavenue. More about the Author

  • Brad Clarke

    The Brave have played the Melbourne Ice twice in Semi Finals with the score 1 a piece after a memorable overtime goal in 2016 put them in their first ever Grand Final. In 2017 they backed it up with another Grand Final appearance in which they lost to the Melbourne Ice.