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Brucato, Brancik Back for 2018-19

07/25/2018 12:00 PM -

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Blake Coddington, Digital Content Manager
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Knoxville, TENN. (25 July 2018) - The Ice Bears and Head Coach Jeff Carr announced Wednesday the signing of returning players Stefan Brucato and David Brancik.

Stefan Brucato, forward from Riverside, CA, joined the Knoxville roster in December 2017, after captaining the Johnson & Wales University (NCAA III) Wildcats his senior year, and racked-up 13 goals and 17 assists in his rookie year.

“He’s got great vision – sees the entire rink – which gives him a chance to settle the play and open his options,” Carr said of Brucato. “His physical fitness is constantly improving and I expect him to take on more ice time this season, mainly on the power play and the penalty-kill.”

Brucato is strong along the boards and regularly wins puck battles, especially in the corners. His physicality makes him a great asset on the attack and his vision makes him a strong playmaker.

David Brancik, from the Czech Republic, signed with the Ice Bears last summer and amassed a team-high 36 points (6 G, 30A) from the defensive end, last year, steadily improving as the season progressed.

“Brancik is an incredibly hard worker, on and off the ice, which is why he continually improved last year,” Carr said. “I coached against him in juniors [in 2014] and it’s no surprise that he had such an impressive season.”

Brancik’s on-ice performance steadily improved, rather than tapering off, as one might expect from most rookies. His hot streak late last season, his shot-blocking prowess, and his work ethic create expectations for Brancik to be a defensive authority in the 2018-2019 season.

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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