The Knoxville Ice Bears have hired Ryan Parent as the organization’s new equipment manager. He joins the Ice Bears after serving in the same capacity with the Potomac Patriots of the USPHL.

“I’m excited to join one of the original organizations in the SPHL,” Parent said. “I followed this organization when I was a kid growing up in Atlanta and got a chance to play on their home ice against UT’s hockey team many years ago. I look forward to doing my part to help the team and town of Knoxville get a championship.”

A native of Atlanta, Parent began playing hockey as a goalie in 5th grade. He joined the Marines in 2003 and served for 16 years, reaching the rank of Gunnery Sergeant. During his service he also played for the U.S. Marine Corps hockey team.

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.