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NHL veteran takes home top gong in Brave’s record-breaking season

Daniella Jukic 29 August 2019
Kris Milne, Brave MVP Matt Climie and Dan Amodio

Kris Milne, Brave MVP Matt Climie and Dan Amodio celebrate the success of the CBR Brave season at Fenway Public House. Photos: Daniella Jukic.

In a season that saw the CBR Brave annihilate several Australian Ice Hockey League (AIHL) records including most goals scored in a season, it was the man on the other end of the ice that took home the Brave’s top gong.

Goalie Matt Climie has been named the Bravest of the Brave in his first season in the nation’s capital but the NHL veteran will not be content unless the side claims back-to-back Goodall Cups this weekend.

After dominating the 2019 AIHL season, the CBR Brave celebrated their end of season presentation amongst fans and family at Fenway Public House on 21 August, with overseas imports dominating the awards night.

Canadian Jesse Gabrielle took home the fan’s choice award after lighting up the competition, scoring 39 goals and providing 28 assists in just 20 games while his fellow countryman Adam Kambeitz was awarded player’s player.

Matt “Wombat” Harvey was named best defensive player while Wehebe Darge was named best attacking player and the coaches award went to young Bailey Kubara.

In the most dominant season the league has ever seen, the Brave smashed a legion of records, including most points (79), largest winning streak (17) and most goals scored (161).

“We’ve had an amazing record-breaking season including winning 26 games out of 28 games, a record that will probably never again be broken in the AIHL,” coach Rob Starke said. “Truly an amazing feat by the team.

“It’s been a magical season, we have played consistently and with high levels of accountability right from the start. The team has a really strong work ethic. I think that it will be really special to go back to back and win the playoffs putting Canberra on the map for Australian ice hockey.”

2019 AIHL Finals
Semi-Final 1
3 pm, 31 August
Sydney Bears vs CBR Brave
Hunter Ice Skating Stadium, Newcastle

Grand final
3:30 pm, 1 September
TBA vs TBA
Hunter Ice Skating Stadium, Newcastle


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