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Ice Bears Promo Night Celebrates Slap Shot 40th Anniversary


Aggressive hockey is coming back to Springfield on Saturday,  November 18 as the Missouri State University Ice Bears face the Arizona Wildcats on Slap Shot Tribute Night. The puck drops at 7 p.m. at Mediacom Ice Park.

Known globally as perhaps the most iconic hockey movie ever, 2017 marks the 40th anniversary of Slap Shot’s release, and the Ice Bears will be staging a multifaceted celebration to commemorate the milestone.

This promotional event will feature attractions for families, students, and hockey fans alike with an exciting, high-energy event that will include free commemorative Hanson Brothers glasses for the first 500 fans and several other sponsored giveaways.

Fans will also have the opportunity to dress as their favorite Slap Shot movie character and win prizes in a costume contest featuring categories of Best Child Costume, Best College Student Costume, and Best Adult Costume.

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.


Josh Bell rings in 2017 by joining Missouri State

SPRINGFIELD, MO — The Missouri State Bears have added a key piece to join them for the second semester of the 2016-2017 season. Forward, Josh Bell joins the Bears after two seasons with the Springfield Jr Blues of the North American Hockey League (NAHL) and the Wenatchee Wild of the British Columbia Hockey League (BCHL).

Bell was drafted 140th overall in the 2014 USHL entry draft by the Lincoln Stars and 28th overall in the 2015 NAHL entry draft by the Springfield Jr Blues.

Before his junior hockey career, Bell played for the St. Louis AAA Blues and for CBC High School. The Fenton, MO native scored 34 points in 34 games in last year of Midget AAA hockey.  

While playing high school hockey for CBC, Bell won three Mid-States Challenge Cup State Championships and even captained the team as a senior.

“I am very excited to have Josh joining our team. He is a strong, disciplined, player with skill and will be an important factor for us now and in the future. His NAHL experience should have him ready for Division I and WCHL competition immediately,” said head coach Bob Bucher.

The 6’0, 190 pound forward from Fenton, MO models his game after Patrice Bergeron of the Boston Bruins.

While attending Missouri State, Bell will be studying business.

BelI chose Missouri State because it is close to home (St. Louis) and has a great business school. His relationships with current players on the Bear’s roster also aided in his decision to commit to Missouri State. “I get to play hockey with the boys, I am really excited.”

Bell hopes to help lead the Bears to the national tournament this season in Columbus and make an immediate impact during the second half of the season.

When Josh isn’t on the ice or in the classroom, he enjoys spending time with family and friends.

Missouri State sweeps 5th ranked, Iowa State

SPRINGFIELD, MO — The Missouri State University Bears Division I hockey team hosted the fifth ranked, Iowa State Cyclones to Mediacom Ice Park on November 4th and 5th to end the finale between the two teams. “This series is starting to become quite a rivalry”, assistant coach Jeff Crenshaw said; “Our conferences have claimed the last two national champions and it seems every time a CSHL team plays a WCHL team; it seems to be a war. Our series with ISU is shaping up to be like that as well. Its fun hockey to watch.”

On Friday night, freshman sniper, Jake Champaign opened the scoring with an assist by junior Alex Turin. The Bears added another goal in second period and took a 2-0 lead going into the third period.

The fifth ranked Cyclones responded early in the third period scoring two goals to send the game into overtime.

Iowa State took an early penalty in overtime to give the Bears the 4-3 man-advantage and senior captain, Ryan Hogland capitalized with a Power Play goal to give the Bears the game 1 win.

Game 2 on Saturday night started the same way as Friday night’s victory with a Jake Champaign goal. “It was huge because it sets the momentum in our favor and gets all of us wanting to give it our all for the rest of the game,” Champaign said.

The score was tied at 2 going into the final period at Mediacom Ice Park, but Iowa State didn’t let that score last long as they punched one in past goaltender, Joe MacConnell.

Junior defenseman, Brennan Anderson knotted the game with four minuets remaining.

Both teams were preparing to head to overtime, but Missouri State’s Andrew Kovacich had other plans as he fired one between the ISU goalie’s legs to regain the lead for the Bears.

That score would hold true and the Missouri State Bears would go on to earn a game two win and sweep the fifth ranked Cyclones on home ice.

“It says a bunch about this group of guys. The bounces haven’t been going our way as of late, but the guys continue to not give up, and eventually,v that is going to pay off, just like it did this weekend against Iowa State,” senior forward Logan Lopicka said.

The Ice Bears have a week off before hosting the University of Alabama on Nov. 18 at Mediacom Ice Park.

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.