Kenai River Brown Bears to move home games to Palmer, Anchorage in March
Soldotna is their home, but for two nights in March, the Kenai River Brown Bears will call the Anchorage area home.
The Brown Bears will take the ice against their North American Hockey League rivals, the Fairbanks Ice Dogs, next spring, but not on the Kenai Peninsula. The Palmer Ice Arena will host the teams March 23, then it's on to Anchorage's Ice Arena the next night.
Both squads are the only Alaska based clubs in the 23 team league -- Minnesota is the next closest league opponent.
The Ice Dogs general manager told KTVA Sports, the goal is simple, get more teams in the state.
"It is our goal to create our own Alaska Division, if you will, for a lot of reasons," said Rob Proffitt, as that will greatly reduce the travel costs for both teams.
Both sides also believe the time is right for expansion.
"Anchorage, with the Aces being gone, should have a vacuum with which to pull in a team," said Brown Bears spokesman Steve Stuber.
This is the first time fans in Anchorage and the Mat-Su Valley will see NAHL action in person in quite awhile. The Alaska Avalanche left Palmer in 2012 and moved to Johnstown, Pennsylvania