Ice Bears Head Coach Not Returning for 2017-18

May 15, 2017 - Southern Professional Hockey League (SPHL) - Knoxville Ice Bears

News Release

Knoxville, TN (May 15, 2016) The Knoxville Ice Bears President and General Manager Mike Murray has announced today that the contract of Head Coach Mike Craigen will not be renewed for the upcoming 2017-2018 season. A search for his successor will begin immediately.

Craigen spent seven seasons as the Head Coach earning a 206-151-35 regular season record and 16-15 playoff record. During the 2014-2015 season, he became the first person in SPHL history to win a President's Cup Championship as a coach and as a player (2006, 2008).

"I would like to personally thank Mikey for his commitment and professionalism over the past seven seasons for the Ice Bears organization and the community," said Murray. "Mikey has grown tremendously within his first professional coaching job over this time, he is one of the more dynamic people I have had the opportunity to know. I have the utmost respect for him as a person on and off the ice and we wish him great success in his future."

ABOUT The Knoxville Ice Bears: 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 activities and endless fan interaction, presenting the most affordable, family-friendly way to enjoy sports and entertainment.

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