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Gavin Yates has averaged 1.3 points per game over five seasons in the FPHL. PHOTO: Courtesy of Binghamton Black Bears.

The Knoxville Ice Bears have added experience on the front lines with the signing of forward Gavin Yates. The Massachusetts native will be entering his sixth pro season after spending the last two years with the Binghamton Black Bears in the FPHL.

“Gavin is a very smooth skater who has played in the SPHL before,” said Ice Bears Head Coach Brent Clarke. “He has soft hands and a scoring touch. He’ll definitely add to our scoring power.”

This will be Yates’ third stint in the SPHL. He played five games with Fayetteville during the 2017-18 campaign and appeared in 15 games for Pensacola the following season. He scored 21 goals and had 59 points in 42 games for Binghamton last year.

The Ice Bears begin their 22nd season in franchise history on Friday, October 20 at Macon. Knoxville’s home opener will be Friday, October 27 against Birmingham. Free agent camp will take place on October 4-5 with preseason training camp occurring the following week.

ABOUT The Knoxville Ice Bears: The Knoxville Ice Bears organization began in 2002 and was an inaugural charter member of the Southern Professional Hockey League (SPHL) in 2004. As four-time SPHL Champions and five-time regular season champions, the Ice Bears are an experienced and established organization, offering the city and its visitors a balanced product of highlight-reel hockey, unique and exciting intermission activity and endless fan interaction, presenting the most affordable, family-friendly way to enjoy sports and entertainment. Season, Partial Season and Flex Tickets are now on sale. For more information, visit or call (865) 525-7825.