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Bobko, Ice Bears for 18-19

09/06/2018 1:00 PM -

Knoxville, TENN. (6 September 2018) – The Knoxville Ice Bears and Head Coach Jeff Carr announced Thursday the signing of Belarusian center Ilya Bobko for the 2018-2019 season.

Bobko, 21, joins the Ice Bears after spending the last three seasons bouncing from club to club in Belarus and Russia; Bobko also played under Carr with the Ogden Mustangs of the WSHL, in 2016, where scored 18 points in 12 games – including 5 playoff games.

“Bobko plays old school, Russian style hockey – think West Texas football – which is exactly what we’re looking for, this season,” Carr said. “His hand-eye coordination is through the roof, and his net front presence is incredible.”

On the Belarus U20 team, Bobko had the opportunity to play with KHL talent, bolstering his potential as a breakout player. Skipping his way across Eastern Europe has affected his stat lines; however, Bobko is ready to settle into an established system and begin his push through the ranks. The net-front presence and faceoff skills Bobko already possesses will allow Coach Carr to groom him to fit the Knoxville system and have a strong impact on the success of the Ice Bears, this year.

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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