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The Knoxville Ice Bears have re-signed three more players from last season's Southern Professional Hockey League championship roster. Goalie Braely Torris, center Josh Cousineau, and left wing/enforcer Corey Fulton will return to the Ice Bears when players report for physicals Oct. 11. SPHL teams are allowed to have their first practices Oct. 14, and the Ice Bears play their first exhibition Oct. 17 at 7:30 p.m. against Fayetteville at Civic Coliseum.

Knoxville will have plenty of new players on the roster, but also a solid core of returnees. "I'm excited for these new guys to get here," coach Mike Craigen said. "But we've also retained some big pieces from that championship team as well, guys who will be back and proud to see that banner go up in October and proud to defend it every night. We're looking forward to it, and it's my favorite time of the year, for sure, baseball playoffs and hockey starts." Torris, a rookie last season out of Neumann College, pushed No. 1 goalie Bryan Hince for the starting job and eventually was called up to the Greeneville Road Warriors of the East Coast Hockey League, where he played eight games and was 3-3 with a 3.29 goals against average. Torris returned for the SPHL playoffs and started the first two games of the first round as the Ice Bears split with Columbus.

Hince was in goal for the decisive Game 3 of the first-round series, won it, and stayed in goal the rest of the playoffs. "Braely had an amazing rookie season," Craigen said. "He picked us up a lot when we were down. He played some great games. He's consistent. We expect him to come back and be part of a great goalie duo." Hince's status with the Ice Bears is undecided, although he is protected by Knoxville and would count as the team's third veteran if he signed. Cousineau, a rookie last season out of Adrian College, had 19 points (nine goals, 10 assists) in 41 games. He had one goal and one assist in the playoffs.

Craigen looks for those numbers to increase with the loss of front-line forwards in Francis Drolet and Ben Power (both playing in Europe), Eric Satim (retired), and Ryan Salvis (chosen by Macon in the SPHL unprotected draft). "Cousineau didn't get a lot of prime minutes out there last season," Craigen said. "He didn't get a lot of first power play time. He didn't get a lot of good opportunities offensively. He wasn't able to completely spread his wings, which is fine. "He got to learn a lot from those players and ended up being a big part of our secondary scoring last year, but now he'll be able to step into the role of more of a primary scoring threat for us." Fulton will be in his third season with the Ice Bears after being acquired from the Mississippi RiverKings during the 2013-14 season. Although he had only four points (one goal, three assists) in 44 games, the 6-foot-2, 200-pound Fulton racked up 126 penalty minutes, most of them for fighting.

Knoxville already signed another returning enforcer, SPHL veteran Dennis Sicard. "Corey is a great teammate and great in terms of role acceptance," Craigen said. "I've never seen a guy accept his role as much as Corey does. He relishes the job and he does a great job of it. I think it's one of the hardest jobs in professional sports, what those guys do: go out there and drop their gloves and protect their teammates. I've got a lot of respect for a guy like Corey who's been doing it so long.".   By Dave Link
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From the Webmaster: Sometime in 2003 I started up the Knoxville Ice Bears Booster Club web page and have kept it operational ever since. It  has evolved over the years to a lot of fans accessing it daily.

During the Hockey season, I see anywhere from 2000 to 3000 hits a day on kibbc.com.  After 12 years I am winding down and think it is time let a new webmaster take over and operate our website.  If there is anyone that is a current member of the Knoxville Ice Bears Booster Club,  and interested in taking over and operating the web page, please let me know.  It should be someone that knows how to produce and upload web page. I would like to see a sample of their web page for proof. They must have their own software to produce the page, as well as a Internet hosting server to upload the page for access by members of the Knoxville Ice Bears Booster Club and other hockey fans.

There is a listing above (IPOWER) to the hosting server that I currently use and would recommend that you give it a try. You will be responsible for setting up the web site and making payment. 1st year web servers are very inexpensive to start the first year, then they increase in cost in future years - see above for low start up cost. You will be reimbursed by the Knoxville Ice Bears Booster Club . If you have any interest in taking over and publishing the Booster Club web site, please send me an email (Webmaster listing above) along with a link to your web site (kibbc sample). Once the web sites are reviewed, one
will be selected to be the new webmaster. They will take over the site at the end of the current 2015-2016 hockey season, sometime in April 2016