09/20/2019 2:00 PM -
Knoxville, TENN. (25 July 2019) - Jeff Carr and the Knoxville Ice Bears announced Tuesday returning forward Bryce Nielsen has been signed for the 2019-2020 campaign.
Nielsen, 25, had a strong rookie season with Knoxville, scoring 22 points (13G, 9A) in his 41 games played. At New England College (NCAA III), Nielsen had 80 points in 95 games and only 35 total PIMs.
“Nielsen is a player any coach would want to build their offense around,” Carr said. “We put him on the ice late in games to score big goals or to preserve leads, because we know we can rely on him, every night.”
Nielsen’s point totals do nothing to express his skill diversity; last season, he scored from just in front of the net, off rebounds, on an empty net, and on the power play. In addition to his deceptively strong wrist shot, Nielsen uses his size to insert himself into situations where he can score or create a quality chance for a teammate. Nielsen was an important piece of the Ice Bears lineup last year and is expected to be just as essential to Knoxville’s offensive core, this season.
The Knoxville Ice Bears regular season begins against the Evansville Thunderbolts, at home, on October 18th.
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.