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Marcus Ortiz Signs with Knoxville

12/20/2017 1:52 PM -

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Blake Coddington, Digital Content Manager
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KNOXVILLE,TN (20 December 2017) – The Knoxville Ice Bears and Head Coach Jeff Carr announced Wednesday the signing of, forward, Marcus Ortiz.

Ortiz, 25, joins the Ice Bears after playing 20 games, this season, with the Rapid City Rush of the East Coast Hockey League (ECHL). A native of Garland, TX, Ortiz played 4 seasons at SUNY – Fredonia (NCAA III), and was signed to a professional contract before graduation.

“Marcus is a speedy, gritty player who brings a ton of energy to his team,” Coach Carr said, about Ortiz. “I coached against him in the ECHL and he reminds me of [Josh] Erickson and [Austin] Hervey the way he flies around the ice. He has played a top-9 role for Rapid City and will make a day one impact, here in Knoxville.”

Ortiz joins the team just a day after the Ice Bears released, goalie, Pat Spano and traded, forward, Chris Izmirlian. With Danny Cesarz on the 21-day IR, Knoxville will be looking to continue bolstering their lineup with quality skaters like Ortiz.

ABOUT The Knoxville Ice Bears: The Knoxville Ice Bears organization began in 2002 and was an inaugural 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 city and its’ visitors a balanced product of highlight-reel hockey, unique and exciting intermission activity and endless fan interaction, presenting the most affordable, family-friendly way to enjoy sports and entertainment.

 

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About Icebears

The Knoxville Ice Bears organization began in 2002 and was an inaugural 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 city and its visitors a balanced product of highlight-reel hockey, unique and exciting intermission activity and endless fan interaction, presenting the most affordable, family-friendly way to enjoy sports and entertainment.

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