The Kenai River Brown Bears continue to prepare for the upcoming season. Thirty players hit the ice when camp started Monday at the Kenai Multi-Purpose Facility.

Many people felt junior hockey on the Kenai Peninsula ended when the team wrapped up their season back in April, and management suspended operations. However, fans stepped up and saved the team, and now they are getting ready for a new year.

Plenty of new faces on the team, including the head coach. This is Josh Petrich's first season behind the bench, and he likes what he has seen from his team.

"There are guys battling for roster spots, the competition has been really good, the compete has been good, and it's been fast-paced, so, I mean, we really like our group, as coaches, we know we have some tough decisions we have to make," said Petrich.

Seven Alaskans are among those trying out for the team.

The Brown Bears host Fairbanks in a preseason game, September 15th, at the Multi-Purpose Facility. They open the season in Minnesota, September 20 against Janesville. Kenai River hosts Shreveport in their October 20 home opener in Soldotna.