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Ice Bears Try for ECHL

08/10/2017 10:28 AM -

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Coach Jeff Carr has announced today Ice Bears Jake Flegel, Evan Nuegold, Joseph Manno, and Luke Sandler all have a spot in Knoxville for the upcoming 2017-2018 season. That said, all four will be attending ECHL camps in October.


“These guys have the physical abilities and the mental toughness to be recruited by [ECHL] teams,” said Coach Carr, “I wish them all the best of luck at the next level.  If a roster spot doesn’t happen at the ECHL level they will be back in Knoxville, where they will definitely be welcome.”


Jake Flegel, a day-one fan-favorite, has played 91 games for the Ice Bears, dropping 27 assists since turning pro. Knoxville fans know the potential for greatness in this young talented D-Man.


Evan Neugold, acquired late in the 2016-2017 season from Columbus, is also young blood in the SPHL but, he plays like a seasoned vet. Neugold’s 22 points (10G, 12A in only 53 games) from the defensive position is nothing to bat an eye at, and he may very well turn heads in the Coast.


Joe Manno, who joined Knoxville after 5 games in Fayetteville last season, has been a captivating presence since his days in juniors. With the exception of his NCAA career, Manno has averaged over .50 PPG; an impressive .77 in the SPHL and an incredible 1.79 in 24 games in high school.


Luke Sandler, who has the most ECHL experience out of the group with 27 games played, rounds out the list of Coast bound Ice Bears. Joining the SPHL in 2015 with the Peoria Rivermen, Luke found his way to Knoxville after 5 games last season and stayed until his call-up, 27 games later. In only 80 SPHL games, Sandler has been boxed for 236 total minutes, an impressive number even for an Ice Bear.



After the ECHL makes their roster decisions, the Ice Bears will have a better idea of which guys will be returning to Knoxville. Coach Carr stated, “It’s staggering the amount of last year’s guys and our crop of new recruits that have been noticed and recruited by the ECHL.  With that said, this is exactly what I expected, as Knoxville will be known as the place in the SPHL to come if you want to advance your career and win.”  Coach Carr added, with both cell phones ringing simultaneously, “this team is starting to take shape and I like the way it is looking.” 


ABOUT The Knoxville Ice Bears: The Knoxville Ice Bears organization began in 2002 and was a charter member of the Southern Professional Hockey League (SPHL) in 2004. As four-time SPHL Champions, the Ice Bears are an experienced and established organization, offering the most affordable, family-friendly way to enjoy sports and entertainment in Knoxville. Download the Ice Bears Mobile App to get all the latest news, information, and promotions from the team!


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