POLAR BEARS HOCKEY TEAM
In March 2011 the Polar Bears played its first International exhibition match against the Israeli Junior National Team.The Polar Bears won the game 9:3. The ceremonial puck drop was made by Boris Mironov, the former NHL and Russian Olympic Team player.He also coached the game for the Polar Bears. The Polar Bears are geting ready for the Spring of 2011 Playoffs.Stay tuned in for more information.
The Polar Bears were organized in 2008 by the Belarus born goaltender and manager of the team Vitaly Rivkin and Riga, Latvia born forward of the team and co-manager Felix Kozak. The team was originally named the Penguins. In 2009 Rivkin moved on to concentrate on his Long Island team, while Kozak rebuilt the team. The team was also renamed the Polar Bears shortly after that. The Polar Bears won their first season playing under the new name of Polar Bears and consequently won their second and third championships in a row. The third championship being won on 20 May 2010. The team plays at the Aviator Arena in Brooklyn, New York and has its distinct international flavor having players born in the USA, Ukraine, Russia, Latvia and Yugoslavia. Some of the players had played professional hockey, some played at the NCAA Division One level. Others played at different Junior and College levels. In the Spring of 2010, the team won 15 games in a row, wining the top active league in the spring of 2010, becoming Defacto mens league Champions of Brooklyn. On the way to their victory, the Polar Bears played a storybook semifinal against a powerful young Shooters team, falling behind 0:5 before coming back in an unbelievable fashion and wining the game 9:6 at the end. In the final New York Mack was defeated by the Polar Bears by a 8:3 score. The third championship victory in a row was clinched.
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