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Bears Bolster Roster

11/14/2018 9:00 AM -

Knoxville, TENN. (13 November 2018) – Ice Bears head coach, Jeff Carr announced Wednesday a slew of player transactions.

After releasing Phil Tesoriero and adding Alex Adams, just last week, Carr has traded Tyler Minx to the Quad City Storm for future considerations and placed Mac Jansen on waivers. With this newfound roster space, the Ice Bears have acquired forwards Eric Ylitalo, Bryce Nielsen, and Eliot Grauer.

Ylitalo, from Delano, MN, most recently played for the Kalamazoo Wings of the ECHL. At 6’3” 190lbs, Eric’s skill and size will immediately give a new look to the top 6 forwards.  He has a high ceiling of untapped skill and speed, turning those assets from skills into value will be a priority for Coach Carr.

Bryce Nielsen, Laguna Hills, CA, joins the Knoxville roster from New England College (DIII) where he averaged 20 points a season in four years (39 goals; 41 assists). Nielsen adds a knack for scoring and playmaking up front, both of which will be a huge upgrade from our season’s third line.

Grauer, Mukilteo, WA, was the biggest contributor from a goal scoring element for the Ice Bears’ last season and Coach Carr is excited to bring a familiar face back to the barn. Grauer had 42 points in as many games as an Ice Bear last year and picked up 2 goals and 2 assists in 6 games, this year, for the Wheeling Nailers (ECHL). Carr says, of Grauer, "Eliot should lead the league in goal scoring this year, period." 

In a matter of days, the Ice Bears’ hockey development staff has named captains and upgraded a multitude of players, reinforcing Coach Carr’s commitment to building a team of high-character, hard-working hockey players that will win. These recent additions to the club certainly fit the bill.

Knoxville will hit the road, again, this weekend to take on the Fayetteville Marksmen, on Friday, and the Macon Mayhem, for the fourth time this season, on Saturday. The Ice Bears return home for Harry Potter Night, on Black Friday, after a Thanksgiving Day game in Huntsville.

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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