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Ortiz Returns for 2018-2019

August 10, 2018 - Southern Professional Hockey League (SPHL) - Knoxville Ice Bears News Release

Knoxville, TENN. - Friday morning, the Knoxville Ice Bears' Head Coach, Jeff Carr announced Marcus Ortiz has been signed for the 2018-2019 season.

Ortiz, 25 from Garland, TX, made his SPHL debut last season with the Ice Bears, scoring 31 points (15G, 16A) as a rookie. Marcus also had a strong collegiate career at SUNY-Fredonia (NCAA III), earning himself 28 goals and 26 assists in 77 games played.

"He's a Nathan Horton (Maple Leafs) or Jarome Iginla (retired NHL) type player," said Carr of Ortiz. "I expect Marcus to be tough, agitating, and pestilent - the glue of the team - on and off the ice."

Ortiz proved to be a skilled skater, but his clutch scoring ability is what makes him stand out. In key moments throughout the season, Ortiz was able to seek out shooting lanes, scoring 3 game winners. Ortiz's strength and aggression fit well with Carr's roster, but his leadership qualities are what will make him a pivotal piece of the puzzle for Knoxville, this season.

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