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Ned Simpson

The Knoxville Ice Bears have signed defenseman Ned Simpson for the team’s training camp in October. Simpson comes to Knoxville after playing four seasons with Jamestown University in North Dakota.

“Ned is going to be a big-bodied, simple defenseman that will be good on defensive zone exits,” said Ice Bears Head Coach Jeff Carr. “He’ll be a good gap and he’ll fight.”

Simpson tallied 20 points and 159 penalty minutes over the course of his collegiate career. He also maintained a career +9 rating. The Jimmies had a winning record in each of Simpson’s four years and also advanced to ACHA Division 1 Nationals twice.

Knoxville’s training camp will begin October 7. The Ice Bears begin their 20th season on Friday, October 15 at the Civic Coliseum.

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, 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.