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Canberra Brave rallies around Adelaide ice hockey team after bus crash

The Canberra Brave and the entire Australian Ice Hockey League community has rallied around the Adelaide Adrenaline after the team's bus crash in Canberra on Saturday.

The majority of the Adrenaline team flew back from Sydney to Adelaide on Sunday after pressure on social media resulted in Qantas scrapping a $4000 fee for a change of flights.

Swedish import Mans Lindgren remained in Canberra Hospital on Sunday with a suspected back injury, but is expected to be discharged on Monday.

The Brave will be $12,000 out of pocket if the game with the Adrenaline isn't rescheduled, however the club's main concern is the welfare of the Adelaide team.

The Adelaide team stayed in Goulburn on Saturday night before team manager Ross Noga drove them to Sydney airport on Sunday.

 "They're all in pretty high spirits,'' Noga said.


''They all got discharged last night, except for the one player.

''They were a little bit nervous this morning getting on a bus to drive back to the airport, but they trust me, I drive all the time.''

Five Adelaide players and officials underwent treatment after the 12-seat bus they were travelling in rolled over between Goulburn and Eaglehawk on Saturday.

Noga said he was travelling directly behind when the bus veered off the shoulder of the road and into the unstable soft gravel.

''He's tried to recorrect it and the trailer started to wobble and sent him into a bit of slide sideways across the highway,'' Noga said.

''There was quite a bit of wind there and it basically sent him on a spin.

''The bus rolled twice into the ditch and came to a rest on its side.''

The Brave looked after the Adrenaline players with a function at The Tradies on Saturday night, while club official Andrew Deans drove to Sydney airport to bring Noga back to Canberra to stay with Lindgrem.

"The support from the Brave is massive. - the AIHL is one big happy family,'' Noga said.

''Although we're in opposition against each other, when stuff like that happens off the ice it just shows that people care about each other.

''There is no big-headed stuff. It's about our league and the safety of all of our players and officials.''

Brave chairman Peter Chamberlain said no decision had been made about whether to reschedule the game against the Adrenaline.

The cost incurred for the Adrenaline to travel from Adelaide to Canberra, along with the short amount of time before the playoffs start from August 30-31, will come into consideration

If the game isn't rescheduled, the Brave will be $12,000 out of pocket, consisting of their share of the gate takings ($8000), lighting ($3000) and the function at The Tradies for the Adelaide team ($1000).

However, Chamberlain said the team was financially sound and was on track to acheive a strong profit.

"We have exceeded expectations and have increased our expenditure budget twice during the year due to the good financial position and are still set to achieve a strong profit,'' Chamberlain said.

"There's still player sponsorship opportunities and one game day sponsorship opportunity to sell, but apart from that we've sold all our sponsorships.''