6 July 2023

The Caribou CBR Brave: Setting the pace in the Australian Ice Hockey League on and off the ice

| Tim Gavel
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A hockey player and referee on the ice.

Cameron Marks on the ice. Photo: David Tate.

There’s a sense that something special is building in the ranks of the CBR Brave as they sit at the top of the Australian Ice Hockey League.

Through 17 games so far this season, the CBR Brave have won 14, including a victory in overtime. Last weekend they demolished the Brisbane Lightning, placing the team comfortably on top of their conference ladder and on top of the combined league table.

But with nine games still to go in the regular season, CBR Brave chief operating officer Steve Moeller isn’t getting carried away, although he notes, “there is an air of confidence, but there are still several games to go”.

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Effectively, the CBR Brave have continued from where they left off last season when they won the Goodall Cup before being named Canberra’s top sporting team.

This year, though, there are more teams in a larger league.

But there are a number of familiar faces, including the three Kubaras: Bayley, Tyler and Casey.

The Caribou CBR Brave’s high team profile provides a great platform to raise funds for charities such as Menslink. Photo: Scott Stevenson.

There are also four outstanding imports – two from the US and two from Canada.

And the profile of the team provides a platform for an important role in the Canberra community.

This Saturday’s game against the Adelaide Adrenaline will be a fundraiser for Menslink, a charity supporting young men in Canberra that has been helping the community for over 20 years.

To be known as the McDonald’s/Menslink game, the CBR Brave-Adrenaline encounter this Saturday is game one of a four-game series against Adelaide for the Beyond Blue Cup.

This Saturday’s McDonald’s/Menslink game will see CBR Brave players’ jerseys auctioned off to raise funds for the charity.

“It’s a cause very close to the hearts of the players,” said Steve Moeller.

“They are very keen to continue that support. It’s something we did last year and we’ve supported Menslink in the past with the players’ jerseys being auctioned off.”

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The CBR Brave supporter and volunteer base is among the most committed and passionate in the league, and this helps amplify any charity the team becomes involved with.

For the CBR Brave, Menslink is the perfect fit.

Want to get behind the Brave this Saturday, 8 July? You’d better be quick – it’s standing-room-only! More seats are available for their clash with the Adelaide Adrenaline on Sunday, 9 July.

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