09/06/2019 12:30 PM -
Knoxville, TENN. (6 September 2019) – Jeff Carr, head coach of the Knoxville Ice Bears, announced Friday the signing of returning forward Anthony McVeigh for the upcoming season.
McVeigh, 26, is entering his second full season of professional hockey, notching 27 points (8G, 19A) in 44 SPHL games played, 40 with Knoxville. Before turning pro, McVeigh played four years for Utica College (NCAA III) where he had 78 points in 103 games and only 34 PIMs.
“McVeigh has an incredible competitive edge,” Carr said. “He’s super reliable, especially on the [penalty] kill, and I expect him to bring the same competitiveness and consistency to our team, this year.”
Knoxville’s top face-off center, McVeigh had significant ice time at full strength, but his most significant value came on the Ice Bears’ league best penalty kill unit. Allowing just 16 power play goals on the season (next closest was Pensacola, allowing 32), McVeigh and the rest of Knoxville’s special teams were vital in ensuring the Ice Bears’ 17th consecutive President’s Cup Playoff appearance.
The puck drops on the Knoxville Ice Bears’ 2019-2020 season on October 18th, at home, versus the Evansville Thunderbolts.
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.