After a record-setting season in 2022-23 the Butte Cobras recently honored their ‘graduating’ players as well as handing out team awards. The team finished the regular season with a 25-20-1-1 record and qualified as the four seed in the Frontier Division playoffs for the first time in their NA3HL history.
10 veteran players will be moving on with their Junior eligibility now ended:
Robbie Arver, Nick Bradshaw, Caelin Chinery, Caleb Cross, David Hanny, Jonathan O’Brien, Clayton Rohner, Luke Schleusner, Tyler Tosch and Nikolai Wallery.
Bradshaw, who led the team with 74 points in 47 games, was named team MVP. The South Dakota native finished his Junior career with 109 goals and 206 points in 179 games. He also became just the sixth NA3HL players to score 100 career goals.
Winner of 20 games between the pipes, Caleb Cross was honored with the Best Defensive Player award. The 20-year old was brilliant throughout the regular season finishing with a 3.00 GAA and .936 save%. He also had a January stint in the NAHL with the Kenai River Brown Bears appearing in one game.
Rookie forward Kazden Stineff was named the most improved player.
Head Coach Marc Brodeur took over bench duties in late December guiding the team to a 11-7-0-1 record had this to say about the team:
“I would like to praise each and every player that instilled their trust in me after taking over mid-season. I will missed the age-outs like crazy, but look forward to the returning players and the incoming crew to fill huge voids of the departed players.”