Category: Div I News

Register for the 2018 Ice Bears Mini-Camp


All prospective Missouri State Ice Bear hockey players are invited to attend the 2018 Ice Bears  Mini-Camp at Mediacom Ice Park in Springfield, Missouri on July 14-15, 2018 on the West rink. 

The mini-camp is open to all current players, incoming freshmen and transfer student players as well as high school sophomore, junior and senior players.  

For more information about the Mini-Camp and to register —->  Click here  or on the  M-Camp/Tryout   tab above.

5th Annual Golf Tournament / Alumni Game


Ice Bear fans and former players are welcome to attend a fun-filled  weekend April 14-15 and have a great time with other alumni during the final two Missouri State Hockey postseason events. 

The Ice Bears 5th annual fundraising golf tournament will be on Saturday, April 14th. The fee to play golf is $100 and will be at a new course — GreenHills Country Club in Willard. We also have hole sponsorships available for $100.

The annual alumni hockey game will take place Sunday, April 15 at 10:30 am. All Ice Bear alumni are invited to play. It is free to play and/or watch the game at Medicom Ice Park.

Please register for golf by clicking “Register Today” above. Contact Rhonda Ashlock, Manager at (417) 861-6631 or by e-mail at  if you would like to sponsor a hole, or play in the alumni game (former players only). Please reply before Thursday, April 5th. 

“Going To The Ship” – Ice Bears Head To Nattys!


The Missouri State University Ice Bears, a Division 1 member of the American Collegiate Hockey Association, announce the team has qualified to play in the ACHA Division 1 National Championship tournament held March 8 to 13, 2018 at the OhioHealth Ice Haus in Columbus, Ohio.

The top 17 ranked teams — including three through auto bid — make up the 20-team field that will compete for the 2018 national championship.

The Ice Bears finished the regular season with 22 wins, 13 losses, three overtime losses and one shootout loss to finish at No. 17 in the final ranking period. This marks the highest regular season position in the organization’s three-year history at Division 1 play.

Missouri State will face the University of Arizona in a preliminary game on Thursday, March 8 at 8:45 p.m. The winner will face Minot State, the No. 1 ranked team in the nation, on Friday, March 9 at 8 p.m. Games will be streamed live (click Broadcasts on the Men’s D1 tab on with Steve Casson calling games involving the Ice Bears.

The Ice Bears will hold its second annual “Skate with the Ice Bears” and fantasy hockey game on Saturday, March 3rd at Mediacom Ice Park. It’s part of Fan Appreciation Night.

Fans can skate for free with the team and fantasy hockey players will join the Ice Bears in a scrimmage game following the skate. Register by emailing The fee is $35 to play with all proceeds going toward tournament trip expenses. There will also be a silent auction with hockey-related and other items.

A GoFundMe page has also been setup to raise the $20,000 for tournament travel expenses at:

This is the second consecutive season the ACHA is holding all five of its division’s championships (men’s and women’s) in the same location. The tournament is hosted by the Greater Columbus Sports Commission, Columbus Blue Jackets of the NHL, and OhioHealth Chiller Ice Rinks at the OhioHealth Ice Haus, in Columbus. This will be the seventh year of the 20-team format. The University of Central Oklahoma won the 2017 Division 1 championship in Columbus.

First-year head coach Jeremy Law continues a personal string of taking every team to postseason play in his 14-year coaching career. Law previously served for three seasons with the Springfield Express of the Western States Hockey League finishing with a coaching record of 91 wins, 53 losses and 11 overtime losses.

Andrew Kovacich Scores Amazing Goal Versus McKendree

Andrew Kovacich scored his 83rd career goal against the McKendree Bearcats at 10:35 of the first period in game one of the weekend series. The Ice Bears won the game 3-1 on Feb. 16th. Kovacich’s goal came before teams moved to the West rink from the Stan Melton rink due to a delay for an ice issue.

Ice Bears Host Second Annual Skate And Fantasy Game


It’s  that time of year again for fan appreciation night on Saturday, March 3rd on the Stan Melton Ice Rink at Mediacom Ice Park in Springfield.

Fans can skate for free with the Ice Bears from 6-7 p.m.

Then, from 7:15 to 8:45 p.m., the organization will have its Second Annual Ice Bear Fantasy Hockey Game. The fee is $35 to play. Fans will be playing hockey with the Ice Bears. You will get to dress out (males) in the Ice Bear locker room. All participants will also wear an Ice Bear jersey. You will need your own skates, gloves, pants, and protective gear.

There are 30 open spots, so register early. Must be 16 and older. You can register by emailing Rhonda at Once registered, you will pay at the door.

Interns Wanted For 2018-19 Season

The Ice Bear family is looking for new interns for the 2018-19 season. Our interns run merchandise, work various jobs in the box, and help out at our events. If you or someone you know is interested, please send a letter or casual resume to Rhonda at

Alex Smith Commits to Missouri State


Alex Smith who ranks second All-Time in Games Played in Western States Hockey League history, finished his career playing 224 regular season games.

His 224 games are 6 games short of WSHL All-Time Leader Johnny Linehan who suited up for the Bombers Organization for 6 seasons (2007-2013).

Considering Smith played in 21 playoff games over his career and Linehan’s teams failed to reach the post season, Smith would be ranked number 1 All-Time in games played.

In 224 games, which puts Smith tied for second in Junior Thunder history in Games Played, he also ranks 13th All-Time in WSHL Points by a Defenseman with 26 goals and 74 assists for 104 points. That total also puts him 2nd All-Time in Junior Thunder history behind Zach Balodis.

Source: Wichita Jr. Thunder Press release 

Ice Bears’ Hockey Alumni News


Earlier this year, the Alumni conducted their annual game held at Medicom IcePark in Springfield. It was a great turnout, great game, and even better seeing all Alumni skating with the Bear head on their chest yet again. The fans showed up for this free admission game to see the Ice Bears who had converted them into hockey fans and some even players.

The fans and players were treated to a special appearance when former General Manager and Founder Stan Melton arrived to catch up with former players and team associates, and then ended up in the scorekeepers table to announce live play-by-play for the fans and players. We all appreciate your continued support and love for this sport.

To the Alumni in attendance, it was your hard work in the classroom, in the community, and on the ice that made this organization what it is today. Even more important, your continued support away from Springfield is what helps grow Missouri State University Hockey into a nationally and internationally recognized and respected Hockey program. Thank you and look forward to seeing more familiar faces next season.

Ryan Armstrong

Director of Alumni

Maroon Team members,

Miguel Franco, BJ Norman, Clayton Baker, Jake Keller, Joe Combs, Brian Leslie, Tyler Ellis, Tommy Dapron, Ryan Armstrong, Doug Guemple.

White Team members,

Danny Bethmann, Chris Peak, Cody Blevins, Alex Nanna, Tyler Overman, Troy Korte, Tyler Reneri, Chase Dobler, Shawn Leslie, Keith Parker

2017-18 Division 1 Schedule Released



Contact:  Steve Casson, Director of Broadcasting and Media 


Division 1 dates include exhibition games versus Oklahoma City.          

Aug. 8, 2017 – The Missouri State University Ice Bears, a Division 1 member of the American Collegiate Hockey Association, announce that 20 of 39 regular season games on the 2017-18 schedule will be played at Mediacom Ice Park in Springfield.

Two home-and-home preseason games against the Oklahoma City Blazers of the Western States Hockey League are booked for Sept. 2 in Oklahoma City and Sept. 9 in Springfield.

The Ice Bears open its 17th season against Illinois State in Bloomington, Illinois on Sept. 15-16 and begin the first of an every-other-weekend road and home schedule during the 2017-18 campaign.

Missouri State’s home opener is the following weekend against Southern Illinois-Edwardsville on September 22-23. Then the Ice Bears host the 2016 ACHA Division 1 national champion Lindenwood Lions on Sunday, Sept. 24.

Four of seven 3-game weekends will be played in Mediacom Ice Park. The first road series starts with Western Collegiate Hockey League games on Sept. 28 against the University of Central Oklahoma, who won the 2017 ACHA Division 1 national championship then Oklahoma University.  Three of the last four titleholders are from the WCHL.

The Oklahoma tilts start nine-straight WCHL league games which include contests against Colorado and Colorado State in Springfield. The Ice Bears travel to Arizona and the University of Arizona before returning home for non-league games Oct. 20-21 with Saint Louis University during the “Pink Ice” breast cancer awareness weekend.

Road contests versus the University of Michigan-Dearborn and Iowa State, Arkansas, Colorado and Colorado round out the second half of the season which features an additional lineup of 13 of 17 league games.

Other home games include the annual meeting with the University of Missouri on Dec. 8-9, Arkansas on Feb. 2-3, 2018 and McKendree University on Feb. 16-17, 2018.

The Ice Bears skated to a 16-25-1 OTL record finishing No. 27 out of 59 teams in its second year of Division 1 hockey. The top 20 teams are eligible for postseason play.

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Jeremy Law Hired as Division I Bears Head Coach

SPRINGFIELD , MO —  The Missouri State Bears Division I hockey team is pleased to announce the signing of their newest head coach, Jeremy Law. The new bench boss for the maroon and white has been the head coach of the Springfield Express of the Western States Hockey League (WSHL) for the past three seasons.

“This has been a dream of mine to coach at the collegiate level, and I am honored and privileged to be with a great organization, and really look forward to the challenge of making us an elite program,” Law said.

The Penticton, British Columbia native played his junior hockey in his home province and played four years of NCAA hockey at Concordia College in Moorhead, Minnesota prior to his coaching career. Law spent 13 years coaching for different franchises in the WSHL and captured a Thorne Cup championship in 2005 with the Fort Worth Texans.

While coaching for the Springfield Express, he has compiled a 91-53-11 record while qualifying for the playoffs every year.

Law will begin work immediately on recruiting and finding the players to make the Bears a national championship contender.

“There is a great group of guys already returning from Missouri State and filling in a few other pieces. Having the 13 years of coaching behind me I’ve built a lot of ties with the junior community, so I think I fair pretty well in the recruiting department and just kind of see what we need and bring in the right guys,” Law said.

Coach Law wants to instill a fast paced, north/south, discipline structure that is crucial to winning in the Western Collegiate Hockey League (WCHL). “I think the most important thing is discipline and structure. I want to bring in a lot of speed and implement systems with the group that we have so I’m really looking forward to that,” Law said.