Knoxville Ice Bears: SPHL cancels season due to coronavirus concerns

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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WATE) — The SPHL Board of Governors voted unanimously on Sunday afternoon to cancel the remainder of the 2019-20 season as well as their post-season.

SPHL said the season cancellation was due to concerns for the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.

Ice Bears head coach Jeff Carr released a statement:

” It’s a challenging time for our league, the whole sports world and most importantly everyone’s individual health concerns.
From a very narrow hockey scope, our Organization is beyond grateful to our Medical Team in helping navigate us at a time like this.
On behalf of the Coaching Staff we want to thank our Players, Fans,  Booster Club, MemBears and the City.  East Tennessee has the most passionate, caring sports fans as well as rock solid human beings. From the bottom of my heart thank you everyone that helps the Knoxville Ice Bears be what it is today. As our Players travel back home, we ask that you pray for their safety and well being. We look forward to being back with everyone on the ice in October.”

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