A Message to Fans from Mike Murray

Jun 2 2020 Tue 12:00 AM

Knoxville Ice Bears email

March 15, 2020

It is with great difficulty I must confirm today the SPHL Board of Governors have collectively decided to bring the 2019 – 2020 season to an early end.

The crisis our world is currently enduring has weighed heavily on all of us, specifically the sports arena, and even more so the small, community driven teams like ours. Nothing gives our staff and players more pleasure than feeling the energy around a loud, passionate crowd in our arena; the thought of missing out on those moments is truly devastating.

That said, the most important aspects of sport are resilience and determination. Ending our year short is merely an opportunity for us to come back better and stronger as an organization. We are equally determined to return to the ice next season and pout together another season of high-caliber hockey our fans can be proud to support.

Amid uncertainty and fear, Ice Bears Nation must show what makes you more than just fans – what makes us family – pride in our team and support of one another. We further ask that you please, be patient with us as we formulate a plan for the immediate future.

Thank you, so much, for continuing to be the best fans in all of hockey. Go Ice Bears!

– Mike Murray, President / GM