Brown Bears Add Two to Coaching Staff

The Kenai River Brown Bears, proud members of the North American Hockey League, announced today that they have added Matt Thompson and Josh Dubinsky to their coaching staff.

Return of a Brown Bear 

Former Brown Bear Matt Thompson returns to the Bears as an assistant coach.  Born and raised in Anchorage, AK, Matt played hockey for the Kenai River Brown Bears for the 2010-11 and 2011-12 hockey seasons, recording 30 goals, 36 assists, and 66 points in 109 games. Matt played NCAA DIII collegiate hockey for the SUNY Potsdam State Bears out of Potsdam, NY, graduating in 2016 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Environmental Studies. Thompson has been coaching in the Anchorage area for the past three seasons, and led the 2018-19 16U Tier II North Stars to a National Championship.

“We are excited to have Matt back with the Brown Bears organization,” stated head coach Kevin Murdock. “His familiarity with the community and the landscape of our league is going to be unbelievably valuable.  His successes as a young coach speak for themselves, and as a player he was part of the most successful team in Brown Bears history.”

New Brown Bear Assistant Coach

Josh Dubinsky, in his first year of Junior hockey, joins the coaching staff for the upcoming season.  Born in Montreal, Quebec, Dubinsky resides in Chicago, Illinois.  Josh has coached for Midwest Hockey Development, Selects Hockey and DHI Hockey. In addition, he served as an on-ice instructor for Glacier Hockey and Impact Elite Training.  Coach Dubinsky earned his Bachelor’s degree in Sport Management from Brock University and spent the past four years as an Assistant Coach with the Boys Prep team at Ridley College.

“Josh is a very bright young coach who is just getting his feet wet in junior hockey,” Murdock said. “We are excited to have his work ethic and drive as part of our organization.  He garnered very valuable experience over the past few seasons at Ridley College, and we are looking forward to have him join the staff.”