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Cavalry acquire AIHL champion Brave
Community focused decision to strengthen CBR sport
03/27/2019 7:32 PM ET

The Canberra Cavalry are set to acquire Australian Ice Hockey League champions CBR Brave in a move that strengthens their status as a community organisation.

The Cavalry will take on operational management of the Brave immediately and formally acquire the ice hockey team later in the year.

The move follows a group of local Canberra community members taking ownership of the Cavalry last April.

Canberra chief executive Donn McMichael said the deal was a win for both organisations, sports and the nation's capital.

"With the operational model for the Cavs now in place we see a natural opportunity to move to a dual-franchise model" he said.

"This allows for both teams to benefit from the dedicated resources of a single back-office team while leveraging the natural synergies that exist between the two sports and their fan bases."

The Australian Baseball League season runs from November to February and the AIHL season from April to September.

"This model sees the Cavalry turn into a year-round operation and provides the Brave with an opportunity to continue to grow through increased and specialist sports management resources," McMichael said.

"The benefits will flow to players and fans of both teams given that this increases our scale"

CBR Brave founders - Peter Chamberlain, Jamie Wilson, Warren Apps and Mark Rummukainen - stepped in to rescue the team on the eve of the 2014 AIHL season together with a group of players following the collapse of the Canberra Knights.

Chamberlain said the time was right for the Brave to consider options to secure the long-term sustainability of a national ice hockey league team in Canberra.

"We're incredibly proud of the achievements of the Brave since its inception" he said.

A transitional board has been established to guide operations this season.

The current Brave ownership and management team will remain involved to assist with the transition.

This story was not subject to the approval of the Australian Baseball League or its clubs.