Category: Div III 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.

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

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

Ice Bears and Express Team Up for 2nd ATOP Charity Game

For the second-consecutive year, the Missouri State University Ice Bears will play a preseason charity hockey game with the Springfield Express, a Junior A hockey team in the Western States Hockey League, on Wednesday, September 7 at 7 p.m. inside Mediacom Ice Park.

Once again the rosters of the Ice Bears and Express will be mixed together forming teams that will play an exhibition hockey game with proceeds to benefit both organizations and the Assistive Technology Outdoors Professionals (ATOP) Sled Dogs hockey team based in Springfield.

It’s the second time both clubs have united efforts with the goal of fostering a good alliance between both organizations and drawing fans to the sport of hockey. Proceeds for ATOP last year topped $1500.

An entrance fee (to be determined) will be charged at the door. Half of the proceeds will go to the ATOP Sled Dogs; the remainder will pay for expenses and then split between the Ice Bears and Express.

Don’t miss a chance to see your  Ice Bears’ team before they hit the ice for the 2016-17 regular season against Augustana the weekend of September 9-10. Spread the word and let’s pack the rink for ATOP on September 7th at 7:00 p.m. at Mediacom Ice Park.

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