07/26/2019 1:00 PM -
Knoxville, TENN. (26 July 2019) - Head Coach Jeff Carr announced Friday afternoon the return signing of Ice Bear goalie Hayden Stewart.
Entering his second professional season, Stewart is the first goalie signed by the Ice Bears for the 2019-2020 season. Last year, Hayden boasted a .913 regular season save percentage, averaging 2.73 goals allowed per SPHL game played. Stewart was also called up to play a total of 6 games for the Orlando Solar Bears and Fort Wayne Komets of the ECHL.
Jeff Carr said of his goalie, “His calm demeanor, his experience and his .941 save percentage in the playoffs last year are why I brought him back. Hayden is a core leader within our organization and we expect to see great things from him again, this season.”
Hayden Stewart joins two defensive teammates (Brancik and Ylitalo) as the first returners signed this season, and the trio will need to work closely together to sure up the defensive zone for Knoxville. Stewart stops the vast majority of the shots he sees and he’ll be relying on Coach Carr and the rest of the Ice Bears to capitalize on every scoring opportunity possible.
The Knoxville Ice Bears’ 2019-2020 season begins October 18th, in Knoxville, against the Evansville Thunderbots.
ABOUT The Knoxville Ice Bears: The Knoxville Ice Bears organization began in 2002 and is a charter member of the Southern Professional Hockey League. As four-time SPHL Champions, the Ice Bears are an experienced and established organization, offering the city and its visitors an exciting balance of highlight-reel hockey, unique promotional activities and endless fan interaction. The Ice Bears present the most affordable, family-friendly way to enjoy sports and entertainment in Knoxville. MemBEARships and Flex Tickets are now on sale for the 2019-2020 season. For more information, visit www.KnoxvilleIceBears.com or call (865) 525-7825.
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.