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Ice Bears celebrate 20th anniversary with 3-1 win

Michael Mercurio scored at 7:04 of the third to put the Ice Bears ahead for good as Knoxville defeated Macon 3-1 to open the season at the Civic Coliseum Friday night. The opener begins the Ice Bears’ 20th season as a franchise. Jimmy Poreda made 39 saves in net for Knoxville. The rookie was making […]

Marksmen win opener over Roanoke 4-1

ROANOKE, Va.- The Fayetteville Marksmen, proud members of the Southern Professional Hockey League, defeated the Roanoke Rail Yard Dawgs at Berglund Center on Friday night. Roanoke opened the scoring 2:35 into the game when Matt Beer buried a pass from CJ Stubbs. The Rail Yard Dawgs would dominate the first period, outshooting the Marksmen 9-3 […]

Ice Flyers to raise banner, begin new chapter

By Bill Vilona, Ice Flyers Correspondent The Ice Flyers will truly start anew in Saturday night’s season-opening game. A championship banner will be raised during pregame ceremonies at the Pensacola Bay Center. The team will wear special-designed jerseys to commemorate last year’s President’s Cup title and the three previous ones — sure to be hot-selling […]

SPHL Transactions – Friday, October 15

Transactions for Friday, October 15: EVANSVILLE Add LW Zane Jones, signed contract FAYETTEVILLE Add C Shane Bednard, signed contract MACON Add LW Zac Boyle, signed contract ROANOKE Add G Brody Claeys, signed contract

Dawgs put ‘real world’ aside, bring rekindled fire to ice

By Aaron McFarling, The Roanoke Times One player sold tile and carpet. Another worked for a rental car company in Canada while taking a real estate course. Another got into coaching. Another ran two marathons. When COVID-19 wiped out the 2020-21 hockey season in Roanoke, the Rail Yard Dawgs dispersed and gained valuable life experience. […]

Di Salvo – ‘I found a new home here’

By Bobby Metcalfe, Quad-City Times Entering his ninth professional season, Peter Di Salvo has played all over the country, including stops in Colorado, Texas and Florida. He’s fallen in love with the Quad-Cities. “I feel like I’m back home,” the Quad City Storm goaltender said. https://qctimes.com/sports/hockey/professional/minor/i-found-a-new-home-here-di-salvo-looking-to-make-final-season-a-banner/article_4095f772-580e-556c-9422-16f60cf3317c.html

SPHL announces postponement of Bobcats’ opening weekend

HUNTERSVILLE, NC (October 14, 2021) – The Southern Professional Hockey League (SPHL) announced Thursday that it has postponed the opening weekend of its newest member, the Vermilion County Bobcats, due to ice conditions that prevented the team from conducting training camp and were not resolved in time to play their inaugural games Friday and Saturday […]

‘It’s great to have hockey back’

By Bobby Metcalfe, Quad-City Times Quad City Storm owner John Dawson stood by the glass at The River’s Edge Saturday, a smile on his face. “It’s great to have hockey back.” Those sentiments were evident throughout the first day of the Storm’s training camp, as smiles were on the faces of the players and coaches, […]

Ice Flyers deal with new challenges as preseason begins

By Bill Vilona, Pensacola News Journal The Ice Flyers navigated through various challenges a year ago to win another championship, amid a season unlike any other in the Southern Professional Hockey League. That experience is helping deal with new issues facing the entire league when training camps begin this weekend. https://www.pnj.com/story/sports/hockey/pensacola-ice-flyers/2021/10/08/pensacola-ice-flyers-face-new-challenge-hockey-season/6035423001/

Former Ice Bears play AHL exhibition game

Three former Knoxville Ice Bears—two of which played on last year’s team—suited up for an AHL exhibition game Wednesday night between the Lehigh Valley Phantoms (AHL affiliate of the Philadelphia Flyers) and the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins (Pittsburgh Penguins). Lehigh Valley’s lineup featured former Knoxville forwards Brendan van Riemsdyk and Nick Master while Wilkes-Barre/Scranton dressed former Ice […]