News Archive


News Items for the 2020-2021 Season are Archived Here.

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Transaction Report-

March 11, 2021

In a move to fit within SPHL roster limits ahead of this weekend’s games, (G) Garrett Metcalf and (D) Dalton Skelly have been placed on waivers.

Roudebush Repeats.

March 9, 2021

Austyn Roudebush has repeated as Warrior Hockey Player of the Week for March 1-7.  Roudebush becomes only the third player in SPHL history (joining two other former Ice Bears) to win the award in back-to-back weeks.

Ice Bears Finally Beat the Mayhem.

March 7, 2021

Superhero day brought a super 4-0 win over first place Macon. Goals by Heffley, McVeigh, Roy (featuring a kick assist by Plevy), and Master fronted a 35 save shutout by Roudebush.  Game Summary.

Ice Bears Beat the Havoc Again.

March 5, 2021

The Office Night saw another big win by the Ice Bears over the Havoc. Mathieu Roy set the pace with 2 goals. Josh Thrower threw down on Pat Condon. And Bayli Alley got a prom date. Just a great night!  Game Summary.

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Bears Beat Bulls in Birmingham.

March 4, 2021

First period goals by Nick Master and Anthony McVeigh paced Knoxville to a 4-1 win in Birmingham.  Jacob Benson and Brady Fleurent added empty netters. Austyn Roudebush stopped all but one of the 18 shots he faced.

Roudebush named Player of the Week.

March 2, 2021

Following his outstanding weekend debut, Austyn Roudebush has been named Warrior Hockey Player of the Week for February 22-28.  This marks the third Knoxville player this year to accomplish this feat after just two games.

Transaction Report-


March 2, 2021

(G) Brandon Kasel has been released fom his PTO.  (G) Garrett Metcalf has been signed to a Standard Player Contract.  Garrett joins the Bears following a 4-year college career and was a 2015 6th round draft pick of the Anaheim Ducks!

Ice Bears Win on Wiener Dog Night.

February 27, 2021

Ice Bears won the game 4-1 and the fights 2-0 on Wiener Dog Night.  Roudebush was again stellar behind goals from van Riemsdyk, Fryer, McVeigh, and Plevy.  Helgesen and Heffley won their bouts, the latter in a memorable KO. Game Summary.

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Bears Beat Pensacola 2-0.

February 26, 2021

Austyn Roudebush stopped 23 of 23 shots in his Ice Bears debut on Military Appreciation night. Jacob Benson scored all that was needed to beat the visiting Pensacola Ice Flyers.  Brady Fleurent added an empty netter for the final score.

Game Summary.

Transaction Report- Timofeyev/ Roudebush.

February 25, 2021

Knoxville has signed (F) Stepan Timofeyev and (G) Austyn Roudebush to Standard Player Contracts. Timofeyev Stats.  Roudebush Stats.

Transaction Report-Beauvais Signed.

February 21, 2021

The Bears have added defenseman Brett Beauvais on a Standard Player Contract.  Brett joins the team after spending the last two seasons in the ECHL, where he played 66 games between 4 teams.  Welcome to Knoxville, Brett!

Macon Claims Another 2-1 Win.

February 21, 2021

Ray Brice scored a shorthanded goal at 12:54 of the third to give the Mayhem the weekend sweep.  Jacob Benson scored for the Ice Bears.  Peter Di Salvo’s 31 saves weren’t enough for the win

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Bears Drop 2-1 Heartbreaker in Macon.

February 20, 2021

Mason Baptista scored at 2:31 of the overtime to hand the Macon Mayhem a 2-1 overtime thriller.  Johnny Curran had the lone goal for the Ice Bears.

Knoxville Wins 5-1 in Birmingham.

February 19, 2021

Captain Stefan Brucato had his first two goals of the season to lead the Bears.  Callum Fryer and Anthony McVeigh each added 2 assists in the win.  Peter Di Salvo had 27 saves.

Transaction Report-Joe Young Upgraded.

February 19, 2021

Ahead of this weekend’s 3 game road trip, (G) Joe Young has been upgraded from an EBUG to a Standard Player Contract.  Stats.

Transaction Report-

Noah Corson Waived.

February 17, 2021

The Ice Bears announced today that F #17 Noah Corson has been placed on waivers.

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February 16, 2021

Today the Ice Bears proudly announced the 2021 Knoxville Ice Bears Captains:
C - #11 Stefan Brucato; A - #3 Kenton Helgesen; A - #2 Mathieu Roy; A - #14 Austin Plevy.   Congrats boys!

Curran named SPHL Warrior Player of the Week.

February 16, 2021

After just two games in Knoxville, Johnny Curran of the Ice Bears has been named Warrior Hockey Player of the Week for February 8-14.  A great start for Curran!

Huntsville Game Postponed.

February 13, 2021

Tonight’s away game in Huntsville has been postponed due to hazardous weather and road conditions.  A makeup date will be announced as soon as it is decided.

Ice Bears Claim Star Wars Thriller.

February 13, 2021

Johnny Curran tied the game at 17:33 of the second, then fed the game winner to Dalton Skelly in OT to lead Knoxville to a thrilling 2-1 win over Birmingham.  Peter Di Salvo was again brilliant with 18 saves.  Game Summary.

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Transaction Report-Fleurent/Gornall/Fries.

February 13, 2021

(F) #9 Brady Fleurent has been activated from Injured Reserve and will be active tonight.  In a corresponding move to fit within SPHL roster limits, (F) #17 Connor Fries has been released from his PTO and (F) #13 Mike Gornall has been placed on waivers.

Ice Bears Win All Vol Night.

February 12, 2021

 Mathieu Roy paid immediate dividends with 2 goals in his Ice Bears debut, a tidy 5-2 over Huntsville.  Brendan van Riemsdyk added 2 goals, and Peter Di Salvo stopped 24 of 26 shots.  Game Summary.

Transaction Report-Joe Young EBUG.

February 9, 2021

The Bears have added (G) Joe Young as an EBUG.  A native of Hanson, Massachusetts, Young spent the 2019/20 season with the Elmira Enforcers, amassing a 11-1-0 record, 2.29 GAA, and 0.935 save %.

Transaction Report-


February 8, 2021

The Bears have added forwards Mathieu Roy (pronounced WA) and Johnny Curran to Standard Player Contracts.  In a corresponding move, goaltender Joe Murdaca has been placed on waivers. Roy Stats.  Curran Stats.

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Ice Bears Lose Unruly Game in Macon.

February 5, 2021

One night after a thrilling win in Knoxville, the Bears were soundly beaten in Macon.  Trailing 3-2 going into the third, the Bears gave up 4 unanswered goals for a 7-2 final. David Brancik and Austin Plevy had the only scores for Knoxville.

Ice Bears Win Throwback Thriller.

February 4, 2021

Lincoln Griffin notched 2 goals, including the game winner with 30 seconds left to lead the Ice Bears to a 4-3 win on Throwback Thursday.  Austin Plevy had tied it with a rebound tally 3 minutes earlier.  One for the ages!  Game Summary.

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Sanvido Waived.

January 30, 2021

The Ice Bears announced today that F #20 Connor Sanvido has been placed on waivers.

Ice Bears Lose Third Straight in Huntsville.

January 29, 2021

On a night when the Ice Bears out shot and clearly out skated the home Havoc, they couldn’t find the net.  Joe Murdaca stopped 15/17, but it wasn’t enough. Next game is another Throwback Thursday at home vs Birmingham.

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Transaction Report-


January 29, 2021

Prior to tonight’s game in Huntsville, the team announced that D #41 Sean Giles has been upgraded from a Professional Tryout Agreement to a Standard Player Contract.  In a corresponding move, D #2 Travis Armstrong has been placed on waivers.

Bears Drop First Throwback Thursday.

January 28, 2021

Newcomer F #23 Jacob Benson had the only goal to stake the Bears to an early lead, as Knoxville could not hold it. In a game that featured a “Michigan” by Macon’s Dean Balsamo, Knoxville’s offense seemed a little flat. Game Summary.

Transaction Report-


January 26, 2021

After being released last week, C Connor Fries is back on a Professional Tryout Agreement. He will wear #17.  F Jacob Benson returns to Knoxville on a Standard Player Contract. He will wear #23.  Welcome back boys!

Fleurent named SPHL Warrior Player of the Week.

January 26, 2021

Fresh off his 3 goals and 1 assist in 28 minutes on Friday night,  Knoxville F #9 Brady Fleurent  has been named Warrior Hockey SPHL  Player of the Week!  Congrats Brady!

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Pensacola Claims Princess Night 3-1.

January 23, 2021

The Ice Bears had numerous chances but could manage only 1 goal, as Pensacola claimed Princess Night 3-1.  Anthony McVeigh had the lone tally for the Bears. Game summary.

Brady Fleurent on IR.

January 23, 2021

One day after scoring the hat trick in the win over Pensacola, Brady Fleurent has been placed on 21 day IR.  Let’s all hope for his speedy return.

Ice Bears Snag One Late on Game Show Night.

January 22, 2021

The Ice Bears took Game Show Night from the Pensacola Ice Flyers Friday behind a hat trick from Brady Fleurent and a last minute goal by NIck Master.  Peter Di Salvo got the win in goal.  Game Story

Bernardinelli Promoted; Fries Released.

January 19, 2021

The Ice Bears announced today that #23 F Alex Bernardinelli has been promoted to the ECHL Tulsa. F #17 Connor Fries of the viral French/Fries duo has been placed on waivers.

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Ice Bears Route the Havoc 6-2.

January 16, 2021

Knoxville rode a strong forecheck to a 6-2 win over Huntsville.   Sanvido and McVeigh scored twice; Heffley and van Riemsdyk added one each.  Di Salvo got his 100th pro win in goalGame Summary.  

Knoxville Drops Second Straight to the Havoc.

January 15, 2021

Despite spending the entirety of the 3rd period on the attack, Knoxville couldn’t find the equalizer. The same two teams face off tomorrow night in front of a (socially distant) sellout in Knoxville.

Four Man Hockey.

January 15, 2021

The Ice Bears announced today that pursuant to the league’s safety protocols, this weekend’s games vs Huntsville will feature 4-on-4 hockey. Teams will play a full 60-min game with standard overtime and shootout rules in place.

Knoxville Waives Three. 

January 14, 2021

Heading into this weekend’s games vs Huntsville, the Ice Bears have placed three players on waivers-(F) Josh Pietrantonio, (D) Patrick Murphy, and (G) Hayden Stewart.  We wish them well.


Player Suspensions.

January 14, 2021

The Knoxville Ice Bears have placed Noah Corson, Scott Cuthrell, Mike Gornall, and Lincoln Griffin on team suspension for 7 games for undisclosed reasons.  All players will return to play on Thursday, February 4 2021 vs. Birmingham.

Transactions-Brancik and Giles.

January 13, 2021

The Ice Bears have signed defensemen David Brancik and Sean Giles to Standard Player Contracts.  We’re all happy the Czech is back and are ready tro see what Giles can do!

Transactions- van Riemsdyk and Di Salvo.

January 12, 2021

The Bears have added (F) Brendan van Riemsdyk and (G) Peter Di Salvo to Standard Player contracts.  Van Riemsdyk just wrapped up a 4-year NCAA DI career. Di Salvo comes to Knoxville after spending the last two seasons with the Quad City Storm.  Welcome aboard boys!

Alex Carlson Suffers Season Ending Injury.

January 12, 2021

The Ice Bears announced today that D - Alex Carlson has been placed on Season Ending Injured Reserve.  This comes after nasty check into the boards in Friday’s game against Macon.  We all wish Alex a speedy recovery.

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Jeremy Brodeur is headed for the AHL.

January 9, 2021

After a cup of coffee in Knoxville, Jeremy Brodeur is headed to play for the Binghamton Devils (AHL), the top affiliate of the NHL’s New Jersey Devils.  Brodeur commented “I loved being in Knoxville under Coach Carr, I think the team here has the tools to win a championship.”

Ice Bears Game with Birmingham Postponed.  

January 9, 2021

Tonight’s road game against the Birmingham Bulls has been postponed, per SPHL safety protocols.  The League Office is working with both teams on rescheduling the game to a later date.

Ice Bears Drop Home Opener.

January 8, 2021

The Ice bears lost a tough home opener to Macon on Friday.  The two hour delay didn't faze the Mayhem, who tallied 3 2nd period goals en route to a 6-3 win.  Carlson, Fries, and Plevy scored for Knoxville.

Bears Add Four to the Roster.

January 8, 2021

The Ice Bears have added four players ahead of Friday's home opener against Macon.  #1 Hayden Stewart; #17 Connor Fries; #19 Josh Pietrantonio; #23 Alex Bernardinelli. Welcome to town boys!

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Master Named Player of the Week. 

January 5, 2021

Nick Master has been named the Warrior Hockey/SPHL Player of the Week for December 28-January 3.  Master led Knoxville to their first win of the season, with a pair of goals and an assist in a 3-0 blanking of Macon.
Full story at the link.

Ice Bears Claim Their First Win Over the Mayhem.  

January 3, 2021

Nick Master led the way to the first win of the season, with  two goals & an assist.  Rookie Jeremy Brodeur had 27 saves. Dalton Skelly had an empty netter. Josh Thrower added a a fight and an assist.  
Game summary at the link.

Ice Bears Release Two, Sign One.

December 31, 2020

The Ice Bears announced today that forward Mitch Slattery and Defenseman Zane Schartz have been placed on waivers.  Defenseman Dalton Skelly has been signed to a standard player contract.

 Home Opener Rescheduled.

December 28, 2020

The Ice Bears opening home game originally scheduled for December 31st vs Macon is now Thursday March 25th vs Birmingham.  The game scheduled for March 11th is now March 12th against Huntsville.  The March 7th game originally against Birmingham is now against Macon.


Knoxville Drops Season Opener in Huntsville. 

December 26, 2020

The much anticipated season opener ended on a sour note for Knoxville.  Goals by newcomers Mike Gornall and Austin Plevy weren't enough to stop a late goal by the Havoc as they took it 3-2.  Game summary at the link.

Veteran Jason Price Transitions to Coaching.

December 26, 2020

The Pensacola  Ice Flyers have announced that they have hired former Ice Flyers and Knoxville Ice Bears captain, Jason Price, as their new assistant coach.  Full story at the link.

Knoxville Sets Opening Night Roster.

December 25, 2020

Many new faces dot the the opening night roster for the Ice Bears.  Featuring only 6 players from a year ago, this year's edition looks to be a formidable crew.  View the full roster here

Ice Bears Delay Home Opener.

December 18, 2020

Out of an abundance of caution, the Ice Bears opening home game originally scheduled for December 31, 2020, has been postponed. The team is currently working with the SPHL to determine a rescheduled date and will update accordingly.

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Bryce Nielsen Announces Retirement.

November 24, 2020

Star forward Bryce Nielsen announced today that he is hanging up the skates. 
In an 85 game career, Bryce finished with 34 goals | 33 assists | 67 points |.  Best of luck in your future endeavors, Bryce!

Heeeeee’s back!

October 29, 2020

Ice Bear Nation welcomes back for season #6 in Knoxville, #13 Jason Price! Ice Bears Career Stats: 260 games | 20 goals | 91 assists | +17 |
Go Ice Bears!

Locked Down at Center and on the Powerplay!

October 27, 2020

The Ice Bears are  proud to welcome back Anthony McVeigh for year #3 in Knoxville! Ice Bears Career Stats: 84 games | 22 goals | 40 assists | 66 points | + 8 |

Another Year of Clutch Goals from Nieler!

October 26, 2020

Welcome back for Year #3 in Black & Purple, Absolute Weapon Bryce Nielsen!
Ice Bears Career Stats: 85 games | 34 goals | 33 assists | 67 points |

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How About a Saturday Morning Signing?

October 24, 2020

The Ice Bears have added big productive winger Taeron Lewis from NCAA DIII powerhouse Norwich University! 2019/20 season with the Norwich Cadets: 27 games | 12 goals | 13 assists | +28 |
Welcome to Knoxville, Taeron!

Another Weapon Added to the Arsenal!

October 23, 2020

Mitch Slattery has signed for the Bears for the 2020/21 season after a 3-season playing career at Northern Michigan University (NCAA D1)!
Welcome to Knoxville, Mitch!

Knoxville has Added the Skill, now the Toughness!

October 21, 2020

Roanoke captain Travis Armstrong is an Ice Bear for the 2020/21 season! 2019/20 season with Roanoke: 46 games | 6 goals | 16 assists | 106 penalty minutes |  
Welcome to Knoxville, Travis!

And the Bears keep Rolllllllling!

October 20, 2020

The Ice Bears have signed reigning SPHL MVP Austin Plevy for the 2020/21 season! 2019/20 season with Evansville: 45 games | 18 goals | 48 assists | 65 points | +14 |  SPHL Leading Scorer. SPHL Rookie of the Year. SPHL MVP.  Let's Go Ice Bears!

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Mark Another One Down for the Bears!

October 19, 2020

High scoring forward Connor Fries is an Ice Bear for the 2020/21 season! 2019/20 season with Quad City: 37 games | 12 goals | 14 assists | 26 points |
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Welcome to Knoxville, Connor!

Signed. Sealed. Delivered!

October 16, 2020

Knoxville has inked goaltender Jeremy Brodeur for the 2020-21 season! Jeremy is the son of NHL Legend and Hockey Hall of Fame goaltender Martin Brodeur! 
Welcome Jeremy!

Bears Ink Tough Guy Noah Corson!

October 15, 2020

The son of NHL veteran tough guy Shayne Corson is an Ice Bear for the 2020-21 season!  In 19 games last season with Evansville, Noah logged 8 goals, 8 assists, and 71 penalty minutes!

Ice Bears Release Schedule.

October 12, 2020

Here is your full 2020-21 schedule! Opening Night is New Years Eve vs The Macon Mayhem, with puck drop scheduled for 6:00pm.  Full Schedule at the link below.

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SPHL Announces Abbreviated Season.

October 6, 2020

The SPHL announced today that the 2020-21 season will be comprised of 5 teams and a 42-game regular season.  Birmingham, Huntsville, Knoxville, Macon, and Pensacola will kick things off December 26.

Pietrantonio to Return!

September 23, 2020

Tough right winger Josh Pietrantonio is set to return this year.  Always a force in front of the net, Pietrantonio is one of the reasons the Ice Bears are the team to beat.
Welcome back Petro!

Ross Back for Year Two!

September 10, 2020

The Ice bears announced today that defenceman Tucker Ross will be back for a second tour of duty in Knoxvilile.  Always a scoring threat from the point, Ross is yet another great add on defense for the Bears.

J. B. Baker back where he left off!

September 10, 2020

The Ice bears announced today that J. B. Baker has been resigned for 2020-21.  A forward, J. B. played one away game for the Bears last season before Covid cut things short.  Welcome back J. B.!

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Brancik to return for Year 4!

August 25, 2020

Now one of the oldtimers. defenceman David Bracik is set to start season 4 in Knoxville.  A fan favorite, Branch is another tough player who will bolster what is shaping up to be a salty defense.

Fleurent Still an Ice Bear!

August 25, 2020

The Ice Bears have re-signed forward  Brady Fleurent.  Off a strong start in Knoxville last yrear, Brady spent most of 2020 in the ECHL.  We're glad he's back for another year as an Ice Bear.

Sargis Inks Return!

August 13, 2020

All SPHL player Gehrett Sargis will be back for year 3 in Knoxville.  Versatile on both offense and defense, Sargis looks to add scoring punch as well as defensive prowess. Look for big things from Sarge.

Murdaca's Back in Goal!

August 13, 2020

Coach Carr announced during the Live Merch Sale tonight that Goalie Joe Murdaca is headed back to Knoxville.  An All Rookie performer last year, Murdaca will anchor the D in goal.  Welcome back Doc!

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Carlson Re-Signed!

August 10, 2020

Coach Carr announced today that Alex Carlson has re-signed for 2020-21.  A tough guy that clears out the front of the net on D, coach will be looking for a little more offense from him this year.  Welcome back Carly!

Locked and Loaded on D!

August 5, 2020

Pierre Ouellette is headed back to Knoxville for year 2.  With toughness and durability, Ouellette is a stalwart on D.  Can't wait to see big things from him!

Bears Get a Twofer!

July 30, 2020

Today Coach Carr announced the signing of twin brothers Steven and Sean Leonard for the 2020-21 season.  Sean's stats at the IHDB.  Steven's stats at the IHDB

SPHL Delays Start of Season.

July 28, 2020

The Southern Professional Hockey League (SPHL) today announced that it is targeting mid-to-late December for the start of the 2020-2021 regular season.

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The 'Stache is Back!

July 20, 2020

The Ice Bears have signed veteran Stefan Brucato for his fourth season in Knoxville.  One of the hardest working players in the SPHL, Bru is hoping to bring home a championship.  Glad he's back for another year!

Cuthrell Back for Season 3!

July 15, 2020

Coach Carr announced today that Center Scott Cuthrell is back for season 3 in Knoxville.  Coming off a 50 point season last year, expect big things out of Cuthrell in 2020-21. 
Welcome back Scotty!

Bears Sign Colton McCarthy!

July 8, 2020

Center Colton McCarthy joins the bears after 4 years at Southern Alberta Institute of Technolgy. 
Welcome to Knoxville Colton!

Zane Schartz Signed!

June 30, 2020

Today Jeff Carr annouced the first player signing of the new season.  Zane Schartz comes to Knoxville after splitting the 2019-20 season between Hungary and the Orlando Solar Bears.  Welcome aboard Zane!