Gearing up for the Ice Bears home opener

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) -- The 2013-14 version of the Ice Bears is younger than normal with 9 rookies on the roster. Fans can expect a nice blend of both speed and physical play from this years team. "I think we're a little bigger than we usually are and we're just as quick as we always are, and in a small building like ours, we're going to have a lot of big hits and a lot of big presence on the ice so it will be nice," says team captain David Segal.

Ice Bears forward Brett Valliquette likes the youth movement the team is undergoing. "We're a lot younger than in recent years and I think that youth has brought a lot of work ethic. So our speed is there but also a lot of physicality. And we're really looking forward to getting started. And getting started the right way and the hard way."

The Ice Bears host their home opener Friday night at 7:30 against Pensacola.

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