Two things have characterized the Kenai River Brown Bears through 12 games of a 60-game season - constant roster turnover and up-and-down play on the ice.
Kenai River Brown Bears forward Alec Butcher verbally committed to Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, Conn., Monday, becoming the second player on the team to earn a Division I commitment this season.
Uppsala, Sweden, sits at 59.9 degrees north latitude. Anchorage sits at 61.2 degrees north latitude. You could practically draw a line between the two cities, so Kenai River Brown Bears coach Oliver David has done just that.
Six new teams will join the North American Hockey League for the 2010-11 season. Two of the new teams -- the Fresno (Calif.) Monsters and Dawson Creek (British Columbia) Rage -- will join Kenai River, Fairbanks, Alaska and Wenatchee (Wash.) in the West Division.
The Kenai River Brown Bears could be losing one of their primary rivals, as the future of the Palmer-based Alaska Avalanche is very much in doubt. In mid-February, Avalanche owner Mark Lee announced he intends to sell the team, but hopes to see the organization stay in the Valley.
Sean Muller and Bubby Murphy added themselves to a list of Kenai River Brown Bears players that have committed to college, raising this year's number of commitments to nine.
The Kenai River Brown Bears are becoming a popular destination for North American Hockey League players, partly due to the way the central Kenai Peninsula community treats the players.
Lately, the Kenai River Brown Bears just can't seem to close out a game when they have a lead in the third period.
Alec Butcher of the Kenai River Brown Bears was named the Easton Hockey North American Hockey League Forward of the Month on Monday by the league.
In becoming one of the top volleyball, basketball and track and field athletes in the state while maintaining a 4.08 grade-point average, Soldotna senior Paige Blackburn has proven she can rise to challenges.
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