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The Knoxville Ice Bears have signed defenseman Nick Leitner to a standard player contract and blue liner Tanner Salsberry to a player tryout, head coach Jeff Carr confirmed Tuesday morning.

Leitner comes to Knoxville following his collegiate career at Bemidji State University. Salsberry spent a season at Bentley University before transferring to SUNY-Geneseo. He served as an alternate captain and totaled 18 points in 24 games in the 2019-20 season.

In addition, defenseman Riley Robertson has been placed on waivers.

The Ice Bears host Huntsville this Friday night. Puck drop is set for 7:30 p.m. EST. Tickets are still available by calling 525-7825 or by visiting

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.