What started out as a round the world trip, turned into a longer stay in Australia for CBR Brave’s two youngest imports for the 2014 AIHL season.
Twenty-one year old Cory Wilkie and nineteen year old Derek Walker grew up together in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada.
They met at a private hockey school at a young age, both graduated from the same high school and played on the same junior hockey team together.
They share a close friendship on and off the ice and say the healthy competition between them has help them both to get to the level of hockey they are at now.
Derek and Cory originally came out to Australia in September 2013, with plans to travel the country. They got in touch with CBR Brave through goaltender Brad Hunt who is a family friend of Derek’s.
“When I left Winnipeg my dad’s friend gave me Brad Hunt’s email address and told to me to contact him if we would like to play some hockey. I contacted him and we came down for a couple skates and everything went from there.”
With the risk of losing import players to injuries, suspensions or even an import leaving mid-season, CBR Brave is looking to fill the six allowed import slots on the roster. Whilst only four imports are allowed to take the ice each game, having six gives them extra depth in their line up in case of such situations.
Apart from learning to surf, doing some fishing and getting to a rugby match, Derek and Cory are both keen to give back to the Canberra Ice hockey community for their support in getting CBR Brave on the ice for 2014 with a playoffs birth in their sights.
Be there to see them in action at 5:30pm this Saturday, 12th of April at the Phillip Ice Rink.