08/03/2017 12:51 PM
Summer Signing Segment
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The Ice Bears 2017-2018 season is still more than two months away but, Coach Carr is working around the clock to put together a high-caliber team. Even before his first press conference as head coach, Carr was making calls to get the best guys into the building.
The first PTO signees of the summer have all been, for the most part, young blood eager to begin their professional careers; however, there may be a method to Coach Carr’s madness. “Lots of these new guys like Erickson, Hervey, and Cornellier have their eyes set on the ECHL,” said Carr. “We are in a position where, if they don’t find a good fit [in the ECHL], they are most likely going to be Ice Bears. You obviously want guys to be successful but, you also want the best players on your team.”
Three of the seven new faces will definitely be at training camp in October: Grauer (U. of WI – Stevens Point), Kavanagh (Tufts Univ.), and Schmit.
Grauer, who is finishing a rehabilitation regimen, has the elusiveness to create plays out of thin air and will be a dynamic player, early on.
Kavanagh, who comes from one of the “Little Ivies”, is an extremely intelligent guy but, will be more than happy to play a rugged style of game.
Justin Schmit is not like the others mentioned; he is the “big Western Canadian who likes to hit a lot of bodies” we were promised by Coach Carr in his first public address as the Ice Bears bench boss. Schmit has SPHL and CHL (now the ECHL) experience and is more comfortable with the penalty box than most. 364 PIMs in 71 SPHL games. We did the math… 5.13 minutes a night; that’s an average of more than two minors a game.
There are still questions regarding the returners and protected list players from last season but, two months out, Coach Carr is confident many of the names and faces Ice Bears Nation have grown accustomed to will still be features in Knoxville. Coach Carr is still waiting to hear from a number of last year’s players. For now though, the Ice Bears are very excited about the new guys and the potential they present for Knoxville.
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