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Division 1 Roster Released


Congratulations to the following players who have been selected by the Division 1 coaching staff to the 2017-18 Ice Bears Division 1 hockey team:

(Note:  All players selected must attend a mandatory team meeting and locker room check-in on Friday, August 25 at 5 p.m. in the Division 1 locker room.)

B. Anderson

T. Barrett

J. Bell

J. Bratton

C. Brown

A. Davis

D. Fuller

B. Fuhler

M. Gevers

B. Griffin

S. Hiserodt

P. Johansson

A. Kovacich

L. Lopicka

C. Lounder

J. MacConnell

B. McClew

Z. O’Bryan

A. Rubin

H. Saunders

B. Schuck

B. Schumacher

B. Stephens

A. Smith

S. Thorton

A. Turin

B. Zabinski

Division 3 Roster Released


Congratulations to the following players who have been selected by the Division 3 coaching staff to the 2017-18 Ice Bears Division 3 hockey team:

(Note: All players selected must attend a mandatory team meeting on Sunday, August 27 at 10:30 a.m. in the upstairs meeting room at Mediacom Ice Park. )

Christian Catalano
Nathan Dallas
Carson Comar
Chase Dobler
Peter Palumbo
Christian Cuozzo
Ted Cardinale
Jason Smalls
Taylor Elsbern
Alec Risser
Carlo Rebello
Ashton Clark
Christopher Reda
Zach Stolz
Ethan Fitzgerald
Nolan Wuesthoff
Craig Berry
Nick Gray
Nathan Hendrix
Josiah Smith
Zach Stroud
Vinny Millburn
Justin Koch
Sarah Sabo
Richard Albrecht
Graham Nave
Nick Nerney

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.


Bears defeat Southern Illinois -Edwardsville on Pink Ice

SPRINGFIELD, MO — The Missouri State Bears Division I hockey team just completed a three day weekend of games against Southern Illinois – Edwardsville and longtime rival, Illinois State. The series against, SIUe was played on pink ice at Mediacom Ice Park to raise money and awareness for the Breast Cancer Foundation of the Ozarks.

Missouri State would go on to defeat the Cougars of SIUe by a score of 6-5 in overtime.

On Saturday night, the Bears opened the scoring first with a goal scored by Freshman defenseman, Chris Brown, but the Cougars quickly buried two of their own and took a 2-1 lead into the first intermission.

Senior Captain, Ryan Hogland infused some excitement into Bears fans tying the game at 2 just 30 seconds into the second period.

The lead would switch a few different times until the final ten minutes of the third period when Missouri State rallied to score 3 un-answered goals. When the clocked showed 0:00, the Bears had won the contest 9-7.

“It was great, just the high scoring game and being down a couple times and every single time we scored this place shook it was great. I love these fans.” Chris Brown said.

The Bears ended their weekend of hockey facing a familiar villain in the Illinois State Redbirds.

Missouri State went into the first intermission tied at 1 with Ryan Hogland getting the Bears on the board.

Playing discipline hockey would eventually being the deciding factor of the contest. Quickly into the 2nd period, freshman forward, Jordy Bratton would give the Bears a 2-1 advantage by capitalizing on the play.

The St. Louis, Missouri native didn’t stop there as he ripped another past the ISU goaltender to give the Bears a 3-1 lead.

The third period proved to be just as exciting as the rest of the game as the Bratton, Hogland, and Kovachich line produced two more goals. Chase Dobler also deked the ISU goalie into submission on a beautiful breakaway goal on a phenomenal spring pass by defenseman, Chris Brown.

The Cougars tallied a few as well, but Missouri State eventually won the contest by a score of 6-4. Jordy Bratton earned a Hat Trick and goaltender, Joey MacConnell, earned the victory.

The win against Illinois State was the third of the weekend for the Bears as they earned 6 points.

The Bears will resume WCHL play as they host the University of Arizona Wildcats on Thursday, October 27 and the Arizona State Sun Devils on October 28 and 29 at Mediacom Ice Park in Springfield.

Bears beat Augustana & Colorado State on 1st homestand

SPRINGFIELD, MO — The Division I Missouri State University Bears (ranked 24 in the country) earned six points in their home-stand against Augustana, Colorado – Boulder, and Colorado State.

In the first game of the 2016-2017 campaign, the Bears were able to rack up seven goals while allowing zero to start the season off with a win. In the second game, more dominance occurred with the Bears scoring 11 goals and once again allowing zero. Senior goalie, Joey MacConnell, stopped all 36 shots on the weekend giving him an early lead in the stats category of the ACHA. Junior, Alex Turin, also added his own flare to Saturday night’s contest with one of the best highlight reel goals you will ever see. You can check out the goal at

The weekend against Augustana was the first chance for Bears fans to get a look at the deep 2016 recruiting class that features 13 new players from all over North America and Europe. “Honestly, it (the weekend) was fantastic,” Ice Bears head coach Bob Bucher said. “We were able to get all of the young guys into the system, get rid of the butterflies and get ready to play.”

Thursday night, the #10 ranked Colorado Buffalo entered the confines of Mediacom Ice Park. The Bears killed of quite a few penalties but had a lapse for about 5 minuets in the first period where the Bears quickly gave up 4 goals. That would enough to earn the win on road ice for CU as the Buffalo’s took the WCHL opener by a score of 9-2.

The Bears were able to awaken from hibernation for a big bounce back win vs Colorado State on Friday night. Missouri State was able to score early and often defeating the Rams by a scored of 8-1.

In the series finale, the story of the game was Freshman goaltender, Brady Griffin, and some of the unfortunate bounces late in the third period. Griffin quickly battled back after allowing a goal just 15 seconds into the 1st period by making 41 saves the rest of the night. The Rams didn’t hold onto the 1-0 lead long as Freshman forward, Zane O’Bryan scored his first career collegiate goal to tie the score at 1. Not long after that, Junior defenseman Brennan Anderson added another tally as the Bears took a 2-1 lead going into the second period.

The score remained knotted at 2 before the Rams scored a Power Play goal to take the lead with three and half minuets left.

Colorado State held onto the lead late in the third period when the reigning WCHL Rookie of the Year, Marshall Gevers, streaked down the far side boards on a breakaway only to be stopped by the referee who happened to get accidentally got into the lane that Gevers was skating in. Two minuets later, Colorado State would score the game winning goal after a scramble in front of goaltender, Brady Griffin.

Missouri state went 3-2 in their home stand to start the 2016-2017 season. “You always wanna win in your own barn but it’s the nature of the league we play in,” said Bucher. “When you’re playing in a league that traditionally carries five or six teams out of eight going to a national tournament, it’s anybody’s game on any given night.”

“It was an awesome experience. This is a fun place to play, good team to play with,” Griffin said of his first game. “It’s a good feeling. I’m excited for the next four years for sure.”

The #24 Bears will travel to Ames, Iowa for their first road test of the season as they battle the 2016 National Champion Runner Up, Iowa State Cyclones on September 23 and 24.

Castlegar Capt’n, Wornig, completes ’16 Recruiting Class

SPRINGFIELD, MO – Castlegar Rebels captain, Carson Wornig, rounds out the 2016 recruiting class by committing to Missouri State for the 2016-2017 season. Wornig has been a staple in the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League (KIJHL) since his first season with the Rebels in 2013-2014. During his time in Castlegar, the shutdown defenseman recorded 11 goals, 34 assists and 210 PIMS in 163 games.

The White Rock, British Columbia native models his game after Jason Garrison of the Vancouver Canucks who also hails from White Rock. “I play a solid and gritty defensive roll. I like to make big hits and block a lot of shots,” said Wornig.

The 6’3, 190 lbs defenseman will definitely add to an already intimidating blue line on the Bears Division I roster.

Carson decided to commit to Missouri State because the prestigious construction management program that the university has to offer.

In his free time, Carson enjoys snowboarding, surfing, and spending time with friends.

Wornig is the 15th player to commit to Missouri State for the 2016 recruiting class. He is joined by Craig Berry (D), Carson Comar (F), Jordy Bratton (F), Brady Griffin (G), Brendan Shuck (G), Austin Davis (F), Chadd Lounder (F), Hunter Saunders (F), Patrik Johannson (D), Chris Brown (D), Jake Champaign (F), Brian Schumacher (D), and Sasha Perron (F).