The Kenai River Brown Bears have more support as they try to remain in the North American Hockey League (NAHL).
The team wrapped up what might have been its final season last weekend in Fairbanks. Volunteers formed Save the Brown Bears in an effort to keep the team going. Organizers said they have raised more than half the $300,000 in pledges needed by April 15, to keep the team on the ice next season.
The NAHL is the nation’s oldest junior hockey program. Organizers feel more confident the team will play next season.
“We still have a long way to go, but, the bottom line is, I’m seeing arms reach out to help us from Fairbanks, there’s outstretched hands saying we’ll help. I think when Alaska comes together, we can do anything,” said Sterling businessman Steve Stuber, who helped form Save the Brown Bears.
Stuber said fans of the Fairbanks Ice Dogs donated more than $7,000 to help the Brown Bears Stuber also said any donated money will go to a local charity if they are unable to save the team.