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Zane Steeves has appeared in 37 SPHL games over the past two seasons. PHOTO: Courtesy of Evansville Thunderbolts.

The Knoxville Ice Bears have signed SPHL goalie Zane Steeves for the upcoming season. Over the past two years, Steeves has appeared in 37 SPHL games for Birmingham, Huntsville and Evansville. He went 13-10-1 for the Thunderbolts last year with a 2.97 goals against average and a .912 save percentage while helping Evansville to its best SPHL regular season.

“We are very happy with this pickup,” said Ice Bears Head Coach Brent Clarke. “He’s a solid goaltender. He gives his team a chance to win each night. We wanted to get stronger on the back end and we believe he adds to that.”

Steeves appeared in one game for Birmingham during the 2021-22 campaign before playing in 11 games for Huntsville. He’s 19-14-2 with a 2.82 average in his SPHL career. He spent his rookie season in Sweden in 2020-21.

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.