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Brown Bears Announce Promotion

The Kenai River Brown Bears, proud members of the North American Hockey League, announced that they have named Chris Hedlund to Associate General Manager.

Hedlund started with the organization as a Regional Scout during the 2016-17 season where he focused on the Minnesota and Midwest region.  He was promoted to Director of Hockey Operations beginning in the 2017–18 season and has continued in that role. With this promotion, he will become heavily involved in the day to day operations and management of the overall organization.

“While continuing my involvement with the Brown Bears, I am excited to have Chris take over many facets of our organization.  He has proven to be a large contributor to our success this past season and has a strong passion to see the Bears thrive on the Peninsula,” stated General Manager Nate Kiel, who also serves as president of the parent Kenai Peninsula Youth Foundation.  “His strong, off ice focus has been on keeping us moving forward as he has been instrumental in many aspects of our business.” KPYF Executive Administrative Assistant Lisa Zulkanycz echoed Kiel’s comments. “Chris is an asset to the Bears and will prove invaluable in this role.”

“I am super excited to take this next step with the Brown Bears!”  said Hedlund.  “This is a great opportunity, with a great organization that has a strong following in the Peninsula area.  Taking lead from a veteran of the league, Nate Kiel, and being asked to guide the franchise with him is a once in a lifetime opportunity for me.  The strong local support and great fan base make this an exciting time to be a Brown Bear.”

A native of Anoka, MN, Hedlund has coached AAA youth hockey and served as a scout for NA3HL powerhouse Granite City Lumber Jacks. His experience at Versatex Building Products as Regional Sales Manager for Western US and Canada adds valuable business experience to our hockey operations.  Chris and his wife Teresa reside in Anoka MN and have three children.

We have worked diligently over the past several months building a great team to take the Brown Bears into the next decade of junior hockey on the peninsula. This is just the beginning. Many fans and supporters have already stepped to volunteer their time at games or events. If you would like to assist please call 907-262-7825 or email volunteer@krbbears.com.


SOLDOTNA, AK – The Brown Bears are proud to welcome defenseman Shayne Monahan to the organization.   Shayne is a product of the prestigious Omaha AAA U18 program that has been a source for developing players ready for the transition to the NAHL.  Coach David Wilkie states, "Shayne has been a tremendous player for Omaha AAA the last 2 seasons. He is an outstanding 2 way defenseman with very good puck skills and his best hockey is in front of him. We wish him the best in his junior career and we know that Kenai River is not only getting a very good player but an even better person off the ice."


The Brown Bears are honored to announce the signing of David Mitchell to an NAHL tender for the 2016-2017 season.  Mitchell served as an Assistant Captain of the Rocky Mountain Roughriders U18 squad in the NAPHL.  In 62 games, the hard working two-way forward produced 17 goals and 22 assists. Mitchell was coached by 14 year NHL veteran Doug Smail.  


Soldotna, AK – The Kenai River Brown Bears, proud members of the North American Hockey league, are proud to announce they have signed forward Brendan Cherwalk to a tender for the 2016-2017 season.

“It was a great opportunity for me to sign a tender with Kenai River,” said Cherwalk. “It is going to be a great experience and a huge step in my hockey career.”

The Michigan native has played in 27 games for Victory Honda U18’s this season and has recorded 15 points along with 47 minutes in penalties. Prior to this season, Cherwalk, who now is a 17-year-old, was on Victory Honda’s U16 team where he had 12 points in 30 games.

“Brendan is a player the Brown Bears have had their eye on for a long time now,” said head coach Jeff Worlton. “He has proved himself and we’re looking forward to the impact he will make for Kenai River.”

Cherwalk is eager to arrive in Soldotna. “I’m excited and looking forward to what Kenai River has to offer,” he finished.

This weekend, the Brown Bears are on the road to visit the Janesville Jets. Follow the Kenai River Brown Bears on Facebook (facebook.com/kenairiverbrownbears) and Twitter (@BrownBearsNAHL). 





The Kenai River Brown Bears are pleased to report that goaltender Evan Hauser has committed to play his NCAA D1 college hockey at the University of Alaska Anchorage. Originally from St. Paul, Minnesota, Hauser played in 20 games last season for the Brown Bears after starting the season with the Great Falls Americans in the NA3HL.


The Brown Bears would like to congratulate Evan on his success, and we are excited to see him start his collegiate hockey career close by in Anchorage.


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The Kenai River Brown Bears of the North American Hockey League (NAHL) are actively seeking dynamic individuals to join our 2015-2016 fan experience team. As a member of the NAHL’s Midwest Division, the team plays its home games at the Soldotna Regional Sports Complex in Soldotna, Alaska.



Internship Objective

Brown Bear Interns receive valuable hands-on experience within a sports organization, while having the chance to help behind the scenes and learn what it takes to run a successful program in the sports and entertainment industry. Internships are ideal for individuals who have interest in sales, marketing, public relations and sports management.


  • Internships will be offered for the duration of the 2015-2016 Hockey Season
  • No prior experience is required; however customer service, marketing or sales experience is preferred
  • All candidates should be proficient with Microsoft Office, and possess excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Internship Program positions are un-paid; however commission based opportunities are available for some positions
  • Applicants should have a flexible schedule to accommodate game day operations. 


 Specific responsibilities include but are not limited to the following:  


Hockey Operations

  • The specific responsibilities for this position will be dependent on staffing needs and the particular skillset of the applicant. Activities may include: game-day and practice preparation, scheduling, video, statistics, equipment management, etc. 


Game Day Operations

  • Preparing on-ice ceremonies and intermission activities, in period promotions and game day giveaways
  • Assisting with contestant signup and registration
  • Guest Service Facilitation


Business Operations

  • Assist the team with business operations and sales facilitation
  • Assist front office staff with database management, presentations, and business development initiatives.


Ticketing and Merchandising  

  • Assist the team with the day to day ticketing and merchandising operations
  • Will work at the Bears Home Games at the booth and/or merchandise booth
  • Will also be asked to complete office hours assisting the team with day-to-day group sale operations


Public Relations and Marketing 

  • Work with front office and game-day operations staff on a variety of fan-experience initiatives
  • Assist the staff in facilitation of the team’s marketing and promotional operations
  • Assist on game days with the implementation of various promotional programs
  • On game days assist to coordinate the contest sign ups, fan relations and work to promote various ticket packages and upcoming events to the fans
  • Assist with player/mascot appearances
  • Assist with booking and coordinating possible performers
  • Assist with the production of media guides and game notes
  • Assist with press releases and other media edits


Interested applicants should submit a cover letter and current resume to Josh Romano, Director of Player Personnel: jromano@krbbears.com


Brown Bears Begin Tryout Camp


Brown Bears Begin Tryout Camp 


The Kenai River Brown Bears kicked off their 2015-2016 Tryout Camp in Minnesota on Tuesday. 120 players from across North America are on hand this week to compete for a spot on this season's roster. 


Camp information will be posted throughout the week on Facebok and Twitter, so check back often for updates. 





The Kenai River Brown Bears would like to congratulate former Brown Bear goaltender Kris Oldham who was selected by the Tampa Bay Lightning in the 2015 NHL Entry Draft.  Originally from Anchorage, Oldham posted an 11-6-2 record for the Brown Bears during the 2013-2014 season, before moving on this year to play for the Omaha Lancers of the USHL.


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