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 It is that time of year again - time to develop our budget for this new season. If you have any great money raising ideas, or input on the budget you need to attend this next meeting.

It will be on Thursday, September 25th.  We will meet at Shoney's on Chapman highway. If you want to eat be here by 6:00 Budget meeting will start at 6:30.  See you all then.

It's HOCKEY TIME AGAIN
which means MOVING TIME AGAIN
Date - Saturday - September 27th.
Your help will be most appreciated
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If anyone has any connectios where we can pick up some "new" queen size beds either free or at a good price, please let us know. (emails at bottom of this page). We also need various household items (or money) to complete our welcome baskets for the players.

NOTE: In order to make the move in much easier, we will meet at the Elm Hill plant in Lenoir City at 5:30 PM and load the trucks with bedroom items. This will make the move in go much easier and quicker on Saturday. Click on Map to help you find your way to Elm Hill on Friday evening (Note: it is listed as Family Brands International LLC)


September 15, 2014 - Coach Craigen I have a couple of pieces of news to pass along for you guys prior to our press release tomorrow. I'm pleased to be able to confirm that (D) Brad Pawlowski and I have agreed to contract terms that will return him to Knoxville for his 5th season of professional hockey. I think we all know the elements that Brad brings to the table and we'll be hoping for a healthy 2014-2015 season from him. Also, and in a similar breath when talking about the elements that he will bring, I have re-signed (F) Corey Fulton as well. Fults' has excellent recognition of his role and really embraces what his job is. At this level it's very important to have the personnel to respond (and initiate) to certain situations that require physical, tough players and with Corey and Brad we'll certainly have that area covered. To read more on Facebook click HERE

Brad Pawlowski

Tyler Klein

Corey Fulton

September 8, 2014 - Coach Craigen - With all the high-end offensive talent we've been talking about lately, I thought we'd add some defensemen into the mix this week. We have signed returning D Jason Price & Ryan Hill as well as a really exciting young rookie from Middlebury College in Robbie Donahoe.

Pricey was a real mule for us last season, especially in the 2nd half, and he will eat up a lot of big minutes for the KIB again. He will occupy 1 of our "veteran" spots as defined by SPHL regulations with his 399 professional games played and will no doubt emerge as a top leader for us in the room

Read more on Facebook HERE


Robbie Donahoe

Jason Price

Ryan Hill


(F) Josh Cousineau

September 1, 2014 - Coach Craigen - Hi guys - and happy Labor Day - I have a few more signings for the season to pass along.

We have added 2 more playmaking, offensive rookie forwards to our line-up along with one of the top NCAA Division 3 goaltenders who led the entire NCAA in save percentage in 2012-2013.


To read more on Facebook regarding these 3 new additions, click
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(G) Braely Torris


(F) Christian Cango


August 26, 2014 - Coach Craigen - Tomorrow we'll be rolling out a press release with some more signings and I wanted to elaborate on them for you guys a bit.

Most of you will recognize the name (F) Vince Perreault from the late stages of last season. Vince was the MASCAC player of the year in his SR season and made an immediate impact on our roster with his intelligence and skillset. He plays a very complete game and takes a lot of pride in his actions in all 3 zones, making him a great addition fo
...r us. Read more from Coach Cragin on your Facebook
HERE

Danial Morin

Vince Perreault #16

Francis Drolet #22

Coach Craigen - 8/18/14 - /We'll be announcing a few more signings this week; 2 players who I believe will be centerpieces to not only our offensive attack but our overall game.

# 17 Eric Satim has signed a contract to return for his 4th year of professional hockey and 4th as an Ice Bear. Eric should need no introduction and I'm sure you guys all realize the importance of his presence on this team. He plays all 3 zones, he's one of the top 2-way players in the league and his consistent work ethic always sets the tone for us.

Coach Craigen - 8/18/14 - Joining Eric up front is another highly creative offensive threat who I think will be one of the most exciting rookies to land in Knoxville in some time. The captain and leading scorer of 3-time division 3 National Champion Norwich University, Travis Janke. Along with being a high character player with proven leadership qualities, Travis is well over a point a game for his entire career and has been an offensive catalyst for the top D3 program in the country during his college participation.

More info on Travis - click HERE to read


Knoxville, TN – (August 12, 2014) Knoxville Ice Bears Head Coach & Director of Hockey Operations Mike Craigen announced today that the club has signed veteran defenseman Joe Tolles and rookie Eric Defelice.

“Joe is an experienced player who knows what it takes to win games and have success at this level. We expect him to bring leadership to our blueline and our locker room. He does an excellent job betting pucks from the blueline to the front of the net, which was an area of concern for us last season,” said Craigen.

Tolles, (6’0”,180 lbs.), was the Captain of the former Mississippi Surge where he accumulated 28 points (20 G – 36 A) in 49 games played. He started his professional career with the Augusta RiverHawks alongside current Ice Bears’ defenseman Jason Price for their run at the 2010’ -11 President’s Cup trophy. Since turning pro, Tolles has played 175 games spread equally across the SPHL, CHL and ECHL. To read more CLICK HERE

Knoxville, TN – Also signed Eric Defelice as a new rookie. Stats:2010-11: Made nine appearances as a freshman … nearly averaged a point per game with seven points on a goal and six assists … had a pair of assists in his first collegiate game against Western New England (11/23) … scored his first collegiate goal and made it the game-winner the next time out versus Connecticut College (12/7) … had assists in three straight games midway through the season (12/31-1/22).
Game-by-Game Statistics

Juniors: Spent the last three seasons with the Thorold Blackhawks (GOJHL) … named the team’s Rookie of the Year in 2007-08 after scoring 13 goals and assisting on 21 in 40 games … earned GOJHL Most Improved Player honors in 2008-09 … named team captain in 2009-10 and responded with 14 goals and 39 assists for 53 points in 41 games, earning himself a spot on the GOJHL All-Star team … playing for his Central Bucks West High School team in 2006-07, named Team MVP and earned the league scoring title with 85 points in 22 games.


Knoxville, TN - (July 17, 2014) Head coach and director of hockey operations, Mike Craigen announced today, Bryan Hince has re-signed to return as the Knoxville Ice Bears number one goalie for the up-coming 2014-2015 SPHL hockey season.

During the 2014 playoffs, Hince ranked first in Goals-Allowed Average (1.14), Shutouts (2) and Save Percentage (.965). In his fourth season with the team, the consistency with which he performed during the regular season helped the Ice Bears reach the playoffs for a twelfth consecutive year, ranking first in Total Saves with 100 more than second-place (1,171) Games and Minutes Played, each by a wide margin, tied for first in Wins (22), third in shutouts (5) and fifth in Goals-Allowed Average and Save Percentage.

Head Coach Mike Craigen was quick to compliment his ace in goal, saying, "his intensity and will to win is unrivaled in my experience at this level and his performance during his career in the postseason has put the Ice Bears in the mix for a championship every year he's been here. Read More

  Date: Jul 09, 2014 - SPHL Announces Playoff Format for 2014-2015 Season.

The Southern Professional Hockey League Board of Governors, in a conference call held yesterday (7/8), approved the playoff format for the 2014-2015 season:

  • 2014-2015 PLAYOFF FORMAT
  • The top six (6) finishers in the league standings will make the playoffs:
  • FIRST ROUND
    • Series A - #1 Seed will play #6 Seed in a best-of-three series
    • Series B - #2 Seed will play #5 Seed in a best-of-three series
    • Series C - #3 Seed will play #4 Seed in a best-of-three series
  • SECOND ROUND
    • The highest-seeded team remaining after the first round will receive an automatic bye to the President’s Cup Finals.
    • The other two first round winners will meet in a best-of-three series.
  • PRESIDENT’S CUP FINAL
    • The two remaining teams will meet in the best-of-three President’s Cup Final
 
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August 28, 2014 - HUNTERSVILLE, NC – The Southern Professional Hockey League today announced it has partnered with NeuLion, Inc. (TSX: NLN), the leading enabler and provider of live and on-demand content to Internet-connected devices, to deliver live and on-demand content for all SPHL games across a variety of platforms.
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Hockey News  - 0/16/14 - Known as "Johnny Hockey" in an homage to Cleveland Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel and the "Johnny Football" brand, the slick Calgary Flames prospect is turning heads because of his moves, and his moniker - To read more - click HERE

Sept. 9, 2014 - Coach Craigen -  Last month was an extremely challenging one for the history of the Central Hockey League and via the trickle down effect, all of minor pro hockey. Amidst rumors all over the internet about folding, merging and everything else that has been spitballed over the past few months, there were obviously a couple of teams who saw that the end was near, at least for now, and no doubt exhausted all options prior to the announcements that the Denver Cutthroats and Arizona Sun Dogs were ceasing operations for the 2014-2015 season. Very interesting from Coach - read more HERE

Just thought you all might be interested in some of the rule changes for the NHL in this 2014-2015 season, to view click HERE
STOCKTON, Calif. – Summer is winding down and with fall, comes hockey – finally. During the summer months, officials, referees and linesmen alike, have been working out, getting prepared to call the games. PHN had a chance to sit down with Mike McDevitt, supervisor to the ECHL officials, to learn more about him and his job. Read another interesting article HERE
June 2, 2014 - PENSACOLA, FLA – Most everyone who lives south of the Mason-Dixon line acknowledges that football, especially college football, is king. In that spirit, maybe when the Pensacola Ice Flyers and the Columbus Cottonmouths face off again they should call it the “Ice Bowl”, in deference to the SEC football factories in nearby Auburn and Tuscaloosa. Read More

MISC SPHL NEWS: Southern Professional Hockey League: The A-level SPHL announced its 2014-15 season schedule that will feature eight teams with the departure of the Bloomington (IL) Thunder and Mississippi Surge (Biloxi) after the 2013-14 season. A new team called the Macon (GA) Mayhem plans to join the SPHL for the 2015-16 season and the league hopes to return with a new team in Biloxi in 2015-16.. Federal Hockey League: The FHL lists its new Berlin (NH) team as the Berlin RiverDrivers. The FHL plans to have six teams participating in the upcoming 2014-15 season.