Canberra Brave father-son duo keen to lift Goodall Cup together
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Canberra Brave father-son duo keen to lift Goodall Cup together

Championships are rare enough but winning one in your final season and alongside your son - well that's the stuff of fairytales.

Canberra Brave's Dave and Jayden Lewis want to become the first father-son duo in Australian Ice Hockey League history to lift the Goodall Cup next month.

Jayden and Dave Lewis are the only father-son duo playing in the AIHL.

Jayden and Dave Lewis are the only father-son duo playing in the AIHL. Credit:Dion Georgopoulos

They are the only father-son combination in the AIHL and likely the only ones playing in any national competition in Australia.

Jayden, 19, and Dave, 40, have played integral roles in Canberra's stellar season and helped the club secure its first minor premiership last week.

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The family affair will continue when the Brave host rivals the Sydney Ice Dogs in their penultimate home game of the season at Phillip Ice Skating Centre on Saturday.

Dave won the Goodall Cup with the ACT in 1998 just before Jayden was born and now he wants to finish his 23-year career with a second trophy alongside his son.

"It was definitely a big drawcard for me to come back and play this year, having the chance to spend that extra time with him and it's pretty good seat in the house to watch him play," Dave said.

"For a long time I didn't think he'd play, when he was about eight he showed some interest but then gave it up and went back to soccer and rugby union.

"Then it wasn't until about five years ago that he came to me and said 'Do you think it’s too late to play hockey'.

"I didn't think he'd developed as quickly as he's done but he's playing for the Brave and has made national junior teams. I'm pretty proud of the boy."

Dave (right) was playing when Canberra won its last Goodall Cup in 1998 and wants to retire a two-time champion.

Dave (right) was playing when Canberra won its last Goodall Cup in 1998 and wants to retire a two-time champion.Credit:Dion Georgopoulos

Jayden has spent the past two off-seasons playing in Finland and enjoyed a stint with a Canadian team while he was in high school.

The teenager has played for the Australian under-20 team and featured in a one-off game with his dad for the Brave in 2015.

Jayden said it was a dream come true to play regular shifts with his old man and at the same venue he spent countless hours rinkside growing up.

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"I was always going down and watching him play as a kid so it's kind of surreal to be playing with him now," Jayden said.

"It's been great, just having him around to help me out with little things and being in the same locker room as him is different but good," Jayden said.

"It would be huge to win a title with him, he’s put so much into this club, when they were not a strong team he still kept with it, so it would be a good way for him to finally retire."

The Brave are red-hot favourites to win the Goodall Cup next month and Dave is confident he'll get his fairytale ending alongside his son.

"In 1998 we won the Goodall Cup but since then it's been slim pickings, hopefully 20 years later we can lift it again," Dave said.

"We've got really good team chemistry this season and the boys are playing well. We've got talented imports to go with great young and local talent.

"There's lots of depth and it's pretty exciting where we’re at, but we realise we have a job to do and know it won't be handed to us, but the confidence is there."

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Saturday: Canberra Brave v Sydney Ice Dogs at the Phillip Ice Skating Centre, 5:30pm.

Eamonn Tiernan is a sports reporter with The Canberra Times

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