UT’s Cronan is luncheon speaker

KNOXVILLE, TN – The Historic Homes of Knoxville are pleased to invite the public to a luncheon on Tuesday, October 3, 2017, at 11:30 AM at The Foundry to celebrate the founding of the City of Knoxville 226 years ago. Joan Cronan, Women’s Athletics Director Emeritus at the University of Tennessee Knoxville, and Dr. Bruce Wheeler, University of Tennessee Department of History Professor Emeritus, will discuss “Women Who Made a Difference”.

Knoxville’s key leaders will come together to celebrate and promote the city and its most precious properties, including Blount Mansion, Crescent Bend House & Gardens, Historic Ramsey House, James White’s Fort, Mabry-Hazen House, Marble Springs State Historic Site, and Historic Westwood. Proceeds from the luncheon will benefit the joint promotional activities of the Historic Homes.

Purchase tickets through www.knoxalliance.store or by calling 865-523-7543 by September 28.

UT’s success in both the athletic and academic realms speak volumes to Cronan’s decision-making and leadership ability, as demonstrated by appointment to the 2010 NCAA Division 1 Leadership Council and selection of her peers as the president of the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA) in 2008-09.

Professor William Bruce Wheeler was chosen by the University’s National Alumni Association as an outstanding teacher, and he has twice been awarded the L.R. Hesler Award for service to students. From 1987 to 1994, he was the director of the University Honors Program. In 2002, he received the National Alumni Association Award for Public Service. His responsibilities in the department’s graduate program are graduate courses, seminars, theses, and doctoral dissertations in United States Early National History.

Joan Cronan, Women’s Athletics Director Emeritus at the University of Tennessee Knoxville, will be a special speaker at the luncheon on Tuesday, October 3, 2017, at 11:30 AM at The Foundry to celebrate the founding of the City of Knoxville 226 years ago. Photo submitted.

The Historic Homes of Knoxville is a partnership that shares resources and participates in joint marketing to present the history, culture, and heritage of Knoxville and East Tennessee: www.hhknoxville.org.

TN Smokies beat Birmingham

(Aug. 28, 2017) The Tennessee Smokies are on the road and the team beat the Birmingham Barons 4-2 yesterday afternoon for their second straight win. Casey Bloomquist got the ball for Tennessee as he went five innings and only giving up two runs before being replaced by Tommy Thorpe, Jake Stinnett, and Craig Brooks out of the bullpen. Bloomquist would pick up his first win in his pitching debut with the Tennessee Smokies.

Birmingham mustered 11 hits on the afternoon, but failed to get the win. Hunter Jones got the scoring started for the Barons when he hit an RBI ground rule double to score Eloy Jimenez in the bottom of the third inning. Later in the bottom of the fifth, Eloy Jimenez would hit a solo shot to center field to put the Barons up 2-0.

In the top of the sixth, David Bote would hit a three-run homer that would knock in Charcer Burks and Jeffrey Baez to put the Smokies up 3-2. Burks would hit an RBI single in the top half of the seventh to score Andrew Ely which would put the Smokies up 4-2. That would be the last score of the game as the Smokies went on to take game two of the series 4-2.

Jordan Stephens would get the start for Barons. Stephens pitched six innings of three hit baseball while giving up three runs. Stephens would receive the loss on the night. Jake Johansen and Jace Fry would come in for the final three innings of relief for the Barons.

The Smokies are back in action tomorrow night for game three of the series with the Birmingham Barons. Chris Nunn is expected to be on the bump for Tennessee with first pitch set for 8:05 p.m. ET from Regions Stadium.


The Tennessee Smokies are the Double-A affiliate of the World Series Champion Chicago Cubs. Members of the ten-team Southern League, Smokies baseball has been entertaining families and fans of America’s national pastime in the East Tennessee region for over 100 years. To learn more about the Tennessee Smokies, visit www.smokiesbaseball.com

Knoxville Aquatics Center to expand

Knoxville, Tennessee – The YMCA of East Tennessee is teaming up with Tennessee Aquatics for an $8 million capital campaign to fund a state-of- the art aquatic center, double the size of the West Side YMCA’s existing building and add needed parking. Their collaboration will also allow for high-quality masters and youth swimming training at all local Y branches.

“This a citywide partnership and we’ll work with Tennessee Aquatics on all the latest training and water curriculum,” said Jim Dickson, CEO of the YMCA of East Tennessee. “It’s going to be fantastic. Our menu of programs will go from introduction to the water through Olympic training.”

The capital campaign was announced at a press conference today. More than $2.4 million in leadoff gifts have already been raised and the Y hopes groundbreaking for the West Side Aquatic Center can be held in October. A ribbon cutting is tentatively scheduled for late 2018.

The 29,000-square- foot aquatic and wellness facility will be built on the site of the West Side Y’s outdoor pool. Projected to cost $5 million, it will feature two pools with different water temperatures, a combined total of 20 swimming lanes, plus locker rooms and wellness space.

Renovations to the existing building are expected to cost $3 million. The West Side Y’s indoor pool area will be transformed into needed program space. Changes will include a 3,000-square- foot Child Watch Center and playground, more than 85 parking spaces, a new driveway connection and other updates.

The proposals depend on the success of the capital campaign.

One of the largest youth sports organizations in Knoxville, Tennessee Aquatics is the premier organization for area master-level swimmers and has trained a number of Olympians.

“This is a win-win for everyone involved and we couldn’t be more proud of the collaboration,” said Davis Tarwater, president of Tennessee Aquatics’ Executive Committee and an Olympic gold medalist.

Tarwater began swimming at age 9 for Pilot Aquatic Club, which later merged with Tennessee Aquatics.

“This will enable us to take the next step in fulfilling our mission, which is really to help provide access to competitive swimming and its benefits to as many people as possible,” said Matt Kredich, head swimming coach at the University of Tennessee and executive director of Tennessee Aquatics. “Right now we enjoy one of the best facilities in the country with UT’s Allan Jones Intercollegiate Aquatic Center. This will provide an additional facility with easy access that will allow us to expand our presence in West Knoxville.”

Marshall Goldman, chief executive officer of Tennessee Aquatics, said the organization will be able to provide a standardized program influenced by a college head coach who has had swimmers participate in two of the past three Olympics. He also noted that Tennessee Aquatics has an 85-year- old world champion on its team.

“We’re also excited that this is not just a pool project,” Goldman said. “We’re going to help be part of the continued growth of the YMCA. Parents will now be able to spend that time taking a class or working out at the Y while their kids are at swim practice.”

Dickson said the West Side YMCA, which was built in 1969, is the most-popular local Y and serves around 10,000 members.

“We’ve known for a long time that we need to expand and this will allow for a higher quality experience for our members,” he said. “The West Side Y has been open for 50 years and it’s definitely had a lot of Knoxvillians go through its doors, learning to swim and playing in youth sports. Now it’s time to get ready for the next 50 years.”

TN Smokies blast Biscuits

SEVIERVILLE, TENNESSEE – The Tennessee Smokies snapped their three game losing streak, thanks to hot bats early and solid pitching against the Montgomery Biscuits in a 7-1 victory on Tuesday afternoon.

Duane Underwood Jr. took the mound for the Smokies and ran into trouble in the second inning. The Biscuits had the bases loaded and one out, but Underwood would strand the runners on base by striking out the next two batters he faced to end the inning. Underwood Jr. would go five innings, giving up one run on five hits. The run came on a Grant Kay inside-the-park home run, a play that brought Charcer Burks out of the game after he slammed into the wall.

Offensively, Yasiel Balaguert got the scoring started in the bottom of the first inning with a three-run home run to left field that scored Andrew Ely and David Bote. Charcer Burks would add another three-run shot to left field, which scored Kevin Cornelius and Erick Castillo. Two batters later Bote would add a solo shot to put the Smokies up 7-0 at the end of two innings.

Daury Torrez would replace Underwood Jr. in the sixth inning, lasting three innings of two-hit baseball, and adding three strikeouts. Ryan McNeil would come on in the ninth to wrap things up, as the Smokies cruised to the 7-1 victory.

The Smokies return to action Wednesday as they finish up their series with the Montgomery Biscuits. Zach Hedges will get the start as he looks to get his sixth win in a row. Wednesday’s game will begin at 11:30 a.m. as part of a Smokies Health and Safety day.

The Tennessee Smokies are the Double-A affiliate of the World Series Champion Chicago Cubs. Members of the ten-team Southern League, Smokies baseball has been entertaining families and fans of America’s national pastime in the East Tennessee region for over 100 years. To learn more about the Tennessee Smokies, visit www.smokiesbaseball.com

Smokies Stadium sets record

Smokies Stadium set an attendance record over the weekend with 7,958 showing up for Star Wars night. The previous record was set May 14 of 2016 with 7,902.

It was the annual Star Wars Night at Smokies Stadium, with the first 1,000 fans receiving a light saber and the series’ characters on display all night. The fans stuck around after the game for the first fireworks show of the year, which was especially majestic with the multicolored light sabers lighting up the stands, while the multicolored fireworks lit up the sky.

Jen-Ho Tseng pitched seven innings of one run baseball, but it wasn’t enough as the Smokies fell 3-1 to the Montgomery Biscuits.


The Tennessee Smokies are the Double-A affiliate of the World Series Champion Chicago Cubs. Members of the ten-team Southern League, Smokies baseball has been entertaining families and fans of America’s national pastime in the East Tennessee region for over 100 years.

To learn more about the Tennessee Smokies, visit www.smokiesbaseball.com

Basketball Hall of Fame names finalists

Knoxville, TN – The Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame announced its 12 finalists for induction into the 2017 Hall of Fame; they are: Yelena Baranova (player), Rose Marie Battaglia (coach), Sally Bell (official), Evelyn Blalock (coach), Joan Bonvicini (coach), Nora Lynn Finch (contributor), Christine Grant (contributor), Rick Insell (coach), Louise O’Neal (veteran), Crystal Robinson (player), Sheryl Swoopes (player), and Kara Wolters (player).

The six-member Class of 2017 will be selected from the 12 finalists and announced on ESPN on February 12.

The Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame Board of Directors serves as the selection committee in determining the individuals to be inducted each year. Voting is based on minimum candidate requirements, which include record of performance, national or international recognition, and contributions to the game of women’s basketball.

The mission of the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame is to “honor the past, celebrate the present, and promote the future” of women’s basketball.

For information regarding the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame or the 2017 Induction Ceremony please visit www.wbhof.com.

Books donated to Knox Library

Copies of “The Final Season: The Perseverance of Pat Summitt” have been donated to Knox County Public Library. Summitt was the winningest coach in the history of NCAA Division I basketball. With 1,098 victories and eight national championships, she established the Lady Vols as the top women’s athletics program in the country.

Knox County Public Library offers more than 1.5 million books, periodicals, compact discs, films, audiobooks and downloadables through 19 locations across Knox County including one of the premier historical and genealogical collections in the Southeast.

“We are very grateful for this generous donation,” said Janet Drumheller, head of collection development for Knox County Public Library. “Pat Summitt will always be such an inspiration to our community, and we are so happy to share her story with our patrons through Maria’s book.”

Summitt was diagnosed with early onset dementia in 2011 and coached her final season in 2011-12. Summitt died June 28, 2016, at the age of 64.

The book was authored by Moxley Carmichael writer/editor Maria M. Cornelius. The public relations firm made the donation of the books to the library.


Janet Drumheller and Mary Pom Claiborne, both of Knox County Public Library, accept 20 copies of “The Final Season: The Perseverance of Pat Summitt” from Alan Carmichael, far right, and Maria Cornelius, both of Moxley Carmichael. The books will be in circulation at every library branch and the main downtown facility. A book also will be placed in the permanent and non-circulated collection at McClung Museum. Photo submitted.

Knox Civic hires new staff members

KNOXVILLE, TN – (June 28, 2016) The Knoxville Civic Auditorium and Coliseum (KCAC) has hired Mitch List as assistant general manager and Scott McKnight as operations manager. As assistant general manager, List supports the general manager in overseeing all aspects of KCAC.


Mitch List has a strong background in event services and formerly served at Kansas Expocentre in Topeka, Kansas. His experience at the Expocentre will serve List well as he helps supervise the administration, operation and maintenance of the venues.  Photo submitted.

KCAC also has hired Scott McKnight, a facilities management professional, as operations manager. In that role, he is devoted to making sure the building is clean, comfortable, well-maintained and safe for clients and patrons.


Scott McKnight joined the KCAC following a 25-year career in facilities management for several public school districts in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex. His most recent work as director of facilities and operations for Irving Independent School District included management of a $20 million budget and more than 300 employees. Photo submitted.

In 1998, he earned his bachelor’s degree in business management from LeTourneau University in Longview, Texas. Originally from Rome, Georgia, McKnight now resides in Sevierville.

The Knoxville Civic Auditorium and Coliseum is conveniently located near the junction of Interstates 75 and 40 and sits downtown near the University of Tennessee campus. The facility attracts more than 250,000 people per year through a wide array of events, including Knoxville Ice Bears hockey games and the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra Pops Series. The facility includes a 6,500-capacity coliseum with 22,000-square- feet of exhibit space; 2,500-capacity auditorium; 10,000-square- foot exhibit hall; 4,800-square- foot ballroom; and a natural lawn amphitheater with a capacity of 10,000.

Dollar Night at Smokies Stadium

Tonight (May 16, 2016) at Smokies Stadium is McGhee Tyson Airport Dollar Monday. TN Smokies baseball fans will be able to purchase hot dogs, popcorn, small Pepsi products and programs for only one dollar. (From Knoxville, take I-40 East for a short 20 minutes to Exit 407 to get to Smokies Stadium. Parking is $5.)

After suffering a blowout loss to the Barons on Saturday night, the Smokies returned the favor Sunday afternoon as they topped Birmingham by a count of 12-4. Eight different Smokies recorded a hit in the win as C Victor Caratini led the way going 3-5 at the dish to go along with two RBI and two runs.

With their win, the Smokies record improves to 17-20 while the Barons dropped to 16-21 on the year.

While they were held scoreless in the second, the Smokies’ offense exploded for nine runs combined between the third and sixth innings. Candelario led off the third frame with a double then advanced to third after RF Billy McKinney (2-5, RBI, R) shot a single to left. Caratini hit a single of his own in the next at-bat that drove home Candelario and moved McKinney to scoring position. DH Kelly Dugan (2-2, 2 RBI, 2 BB) sent a shot off the center field wall for a double that scored both Caratini and McKinney to push the Smokies ahead 6-3. The Smokies added three more runs to their name in the bottom of the fourth.

The Smokies and Barons will do it all again tonight in game three of the five-game series with the first pitch set for 7:05 p.m. ET. The Smokies will give the ball to RHP Paul Blackburn (3-1, 1.02 ERA) while the Barons will turn to RHP Carson Fulmer (3-3, 5.45 ERA).

The Pilot Pre-Game Show will kick off the broadcast at 6:50 p.m. ET, leading up to the 7:05 p.m. ET first pitch from Smokies Stadium. Monday night’s broadcast can be heard on exclusively online at SmokiesBaseball.com or via the TuneIn Radio or MiLB First Pitch apps. The game can also be watched online via MiLB.tv.

Single-game tickets, as well as multi-voucher and season ticket packages are still available, and can be purchased online at smokiesbaseball.com, or by calling the Smokies Ticket Office at 865-286-2300.

The Tennessee Smokies are the Double-A affiliate of the Chicago Cubs. Members of the ten-team Southern League, Smokies baseball has been entertaining families and fans of America’s national pastime in the East Tennessee region for over 100 years. To learn more about the Tennessee Smokies, visit www.smokiesbaseball.com.

Knoxville hosts gymnastics event

KNOXVILLE, TN – Top collegiate gymnastics teams from across the country will travel to Knoxville to compete in the 4th annual Ozone Collegiate Gymnastics Classic at the Knoxville Convention Center, Saturday, Jan. 16, 2016 at 8 p.m.

NCAA women’s gymnastics teams competing in the invitational include Iowa State, U.S. Air Force Academy, University of Pittsburgh and Southeast Missouri State University.

Premier Athletics of Knoxville presents the collegiate classic in conjunction with the 14th annual Ozone Gymnastics Invitational, a USA Gymnastics sanctioned competition with more than 3,500 Junior Olympic gymnasts from 16 states scheduled to participate.

These gymnasts, ages 6-18, will participate in women’s gymnastics, men’s gymnastics, and trampoline and tumbling events at the Convention Center on Jan. 15-18.

All competitions are hosted by Knoxville-based Premier Athletics.


The Knoxville Convention Center is a 500,000-square-foot convention center in Knoxville, Tennessee, occupying the former location of the US Pavilion of the 1982 World’s Fair. It offers 120,000 square feet of exhibit space. 

Knoxville Ice Bears 2015-2016 season

The Knoxville Ice Bears start the 2015-2016 season with their annual Free Agent Showcase on October 9, 2015 followed by main training camp which will be kicking off on October 14.


The Knoxville Ice Bears will play their only exhibition home game on Saturday, October 17 as they host the Fayetteville FireAntz at 7:30pm at the Knoxville Civic Auditorium Coliseum in downtown Knoxville. The venue is located at 500 Howard Baker Jr. Blvd. and offers convenient parking across the street. File photo by Celebrate Knoxville. 

The Knoxville Ice Bears officially drop the puck on the 2015-2016 season on Saturday, October 24 when they raise their fourth SPHL Championship banner in 10 years.

Earlier this year, Knoxville Ice Bears announced the hiring of Cole Burkhalter as the Director of Hockey Development. Burkhalter, a 2008 graduate of the University of Tennessee and earning his master’s degree from Canisius College, worked as the Assistant to Hockey Administration for the Boston Bruins of the National Hockey League. While working with the Bruins, he helped the organization to a Northeast Division Championship in 2012 and to the Stanley Cup Final in 2013.

“I am thrilled to add another former member of the NHL to our staff as now he joins a former Pittsburgh Penguin as well as my background with the Philadelphia Flyers” said team President and GM Mike Murray.


South College tourney supports parenting

Students from the South College School of Physician Assistant Studies Class of 2016 presented a recent donation of $2,200 to Susannah’s House from money raised through their annual golf tournament.

The check presentation to representatives of Susannah’s House was made at the charity’s location at 923 Dameron Ave., in Knoxville. The Edmund J. Wise Physician Assistant Society Golf Classic was held earlier this summer at Centennial Golf Course in Oak Ridge with 55 players, 21 volunteers and 20 sponsors. Wise is a South College faculty member and serves as the society’s adviser.

“I speak for all of the South College School of Physician Assistant Studies students when I say we are truly grateful for everyone who supported our golf tournament this summer and made this donation possible,” said Ryan Roe, vice president of the class of 2016 for the School of Physician Assistant Studies. “Susannah’s House provides invaluable services to mothers and children across East Tennessee, and we are proud to partner with the organization.”

Susannah’s House serves mothers who are recovering from substance abuse and their prenatally exposed infants. The staff helps the mothers achieve sobriety, enhances relationships between mothers and children and builds better life skills for the future.

“We believe destructive cycles can be broken,” said Rebekah Fetzer, executive director for Susannah’s House. “Our goal is to serve women who have the desire and commitment to change. This donation will help us care for mothers and children. We are truly appreciative of South College and the students’ efforts to help our organization.”

2015-09 South College Susannah's House donation

2015-09 South College Susannah’s House Donation: Class of 2016 students from the South College School of Physician Assistant Studies presented $2,200 to Susannah’s House. Pictured from left: students Jessica Hannigan, Ryan Roe, Adaku Taylor, Meredith Cummings and Kate Pryor and Susannah’s House Executive Director Rebekah Fetzer. Photo submitted.

Pineyro leads TN Smokies to win

KODAK – Tennessee starting pitcher Ivan Pineyro continued his hot stretch, tossing his third quality start in a span of four outings by blanking Jackson over seven frames, while shortstop Elliot Soto tallied three hits and added a walk to lead the Smokies to a 3-0 shutout win over the Generals on Tuesday evening at Smokies Stadium.

The victory improved Tennessee’s overall mark in 2015 to 22-17 and keeps the club within two games of the Chattanooga Lookouts for first place in the Southern League’s North Division. The defeat for Jackson, meanwhile, dropped the Generals’ season clip to 16-21.

The closest the Generals got to scoring came in the fifth, putting two runners on base with nobody out, but Pineyro was up to the task to keep Jackson off the board. CF Gabriel Guerrero singled to right, while 1B Dan Paolini reached base on a bunt infield single to start the threat. After Guerrero was forced out on a bunt attempt, Pineyro was able to induce a 6-4-3 twin killing to end the frame and escape the jam to preserve his scoreless outing.

Tickets may be purchased by calling the Smokies Ticket Office at (865) 286-2300.


The Tennessee Smokies are the Double-A affiliate of the Chicago Cubs. Members of the ten-team Southern League, Smokies baseball has been entertaining families and fans of America’s national pastime in the East Tennessee region for over 100 years. To learn more about the Tennessee Smokies, visit www.smokiesbaseball.com.


Knoxville triathlon event is May 17

Knoxville, TN – Triathlon athletes will gather in Knoxville on May 17, 2015 for the much anticipated season opener of the Challenge Family Americas races, Challenge Knoxville presented by Pilot Flying J.

Headlining the field are top talents Cameron Dye (USA) and Rebekah “Bek” Keat (AUS).

“I can’t wait to participate in Challenge Americas events this season!” said Keat. “As a winner of several races in Europe in 2009-2012 I know what an amazing experience Challenge puts on for all athletes. It’s so exciting that we have them here in the USA right at my doorstep!”

Also competitive swimmers since their youth, twin sisters Rebeccah and Laurel Wassner (USA) will vie for family bragging rights as well as the overall title.

Cameron Dye is a veteran champion of the Olympic distance course in Knoxville (2013) in its original incarnation as a Rev3 race. Now, with a shift in the professional purse to the Pilot Flying J Challenge Knoxville Half, Dye has turned his focus to the longer distance and is eager to test his mettle against the rest of the field.

“I’m really happy about being able to come back to Knoxville to race again this year, and excited to have my first Challenge racing experience. The Knoxville race has always been a good one for me, and I have heard nothing but great things about the way Challenge Family runs races, which will hopefully combine for a great weekend of racing!” said Dye.

Triathlon fans are invited to follow the race day action on Twitter @Challenge_Amer.

TN Smokies announce 2015 staff

KODAK, TN (December 17, 2014) – The Chicago Cubs today announced their minor league coaching staff assignments for the upcoming 2015 campaign, with 2014 manager Buddy Bailey returning to the Tennessee Smokies, along with 2014 pitching coach Storm Davis, hitting coach Desi Wilson and trainer Shane Nelson.

EDITOR’S NOTE: CelebrateKnoxville.com is all set to give away TN Smokies baseball tickets for this season, so follow us on Twitter, CelebrateKnox, for your chance to win.

Guillermo Martinez also joins the Smokies’ 2015 field staff for his first season in Kodak as an assistant coach and the fifth season at the helm of the Smokies for Bailey.

The Smokies are slated to begin the 2015 campaign on the road against the Mississippi Braves, the Double-A affiliate of the Atlanta Braves, on Thursday, April 9, 2015 before returning to Tennessee to begin their 2015 home slate on Wednesday, April 15 versus the Pensacola Blue Wahoos, the Double-A affiliate of the Cincinnati Reds.

Season ticket and multi-game voucher plans are currently available and can be purchased online at www.smokiesbaseball.com, or by calling the Smokies Ticket Office at (865) 286-2300.

TN Smokies in first place

MONTGOMERY (August 18, 2014) Jae-Hoon Ha, Taylor Davis and Albert Almora each collected three hits, starter Felix Pena earned his second win on the road and the first place TN Smokies stretched their win streak to five straight with a 7-3 road win in Montgomery versus the Biscuits on Sunday night.

Tennessee (30-26, 63-62) scored five runs on six hits in the third and added two more on three hits in the fourth. Three different Smokies had three hits in the game and in all Tennessee would pound out 15 hits in the victory while moving three games ahead of the Chattanooga Lookouts in the Second Half Standings.

The five run Tennessee third continued with a run scoring hits from Almora and shortstop Addison Russell. Colla allowed five runs and six hits in the third, and would escape with two men left on base.

Montgomery scored twice between the seventh and eighth innings, but would be held scoreless in the ninth. Lorick started the ninth with a pop out from Kes Carter and would pitch one full inning with just one hit allowed. Lorick left with one out in the ninth and Frank Batista would come in to finish the game.

Game two of the series is scheduled for an 8:05 PM ET first pitch at Riverwalk Stadium.

Knoxville Ice Bears announce season

The Knoxville Ice Bears have announced the schedule for the 2014-2015 regular season. They will kick off their 13th season of hockey on October 24, 2014 and will travel over 18,000 miles as they travel to seven different cities across two time zones.


Fans at the Knoxville Civic Auditorium Coliseum enjoy an exciting Knoxville Ice Bears hockey game. File photo by Celebrate Knoxville.

The Knoxville Ice Bears organization began in 2002, and was an inaugural charter member of the Southern Professional Hockey League (SPHL) in 2004. As three-time SPHL Champions, the Ice Bears offer the city and visitors highlight-reel hockey and exciting intermission activities.

For more information, team news, and tickets, visit knoxvilleicebears.com.