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2019-20 Ice Bears Player Signings/Trades/Training Camp Roster

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Green - Re-Signed

Red - Not Returning\Attending other Training Camp

Orange - Traded

Blue - Vet*

*By SPHL definition, Vets are players who have 225 or more professional games played. Each team is allowed up to 3 vets on their roster. All 3 vets have to have a combined total of less than 900 games played.


Protected List 

G, Hayden Stewart 

DSpencer Metcalfe

DDavid Brancik

DCharlie Granath 

DRicky Kramer 

DDoug Rose 

F/DMitchell Mueller

FLucas Bombardier 

FStanislav Dzakhov

FAnthony McVeigh

FStefan Brucato 

FScott Cuthrell 

FBryce Nielsen 


Unprotected Players 

G, Michael Santaguida 

DAlex Carlson 

F/DGehrett Sargis 

FEliot Grauer 

FNick DiNicola

FLonnie Clary 

FChandler Madry 


New Players 

FBrian Bachnak - Adrian College (NCAA III), Former SPHL Team [(PEO)(1gp)]

FJimmy Philbin - Morrisville State College (NCAA III)

FEric Ylitalo - Former SPHL Team [(KNX)(39 gp)]

F, Lionel Mauron - Curry College (CCC)

F, Joe (Jo) Osaka - Former SPHL Team [(FAY)(35 gp)]


2019-20 Bears Training Camp






        Brian Bachnak (R)

        Jimmy Philbin (R)

#18 Eric Ylitalo 

        Lionel Mauron (R)

        Joe Osaka (R)

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Bachnak, Philbin Signed

07/09/2019 3:00 PM -

Knoxville, TENN (9 July 2019) - Knoxville Ice Bears Head Coach Jeff Carr announced the signing of forwards Brian Bachnak and Jimmy Philbin, the first players signed in the 2019 offseason.

            Bachnak amassed 22 points (9G, 13A) and 165 PIMs in four seasons for Adrian College (NCAA III) and was team captain of his juniors team, the Austin Bruins (NAHL), notching 37 points in just two seasons.

Read more @ http://www.knoxvilleicebears.com/news/?article_id=254

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Ylitalo returns for 19-20

07/15/2019 11:00 AM -

Knoxville, TENN. (15 July 2019) - Head Coach Jeff Carr announced Monday morning the signing of returning Ice Bear Eric Ylitalo for the 2019-2020 season.

Ylitalo, 24, registered 18 points (6G, 12A) in 39 games for Knoxville last season. The 6’3” forward is an end-to-end player with a strong net-front presence and great open ice speed and vision. His flexibility to play effectively in both directions opens up the ice on offense and helps shut down lanes on the forecheck.

Read more @ http://www.knoxvilleicebears.com/news/?article_id=255

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