June 1, 2008
Knoxville -- Knoxville Ice Bears president and general manager Mike Murray announced today that veteran Kevin Swider has signed a contract to continue his career with the Knoxville Ice Bears.
Swider is entering his 7th season with the Knoxville Ice Bears, during which time he has been a positive force on and off the ice. The young talent from Livonia, Michigan started his professional hockey career in the United Hockey League (UHL), where he played for two seasons. Swider’s first experience in Knoxville was in 2002, when the team was part of the Atlantic Coast Hockey League (ACHL). The next couple of seasons, Swider played for various teams in the World Hockey League Association 2 (WHA2), ECHL, and Southern Professional Hockey League (SPHL), including the Knoxville Ice Bears.
Swider was rewarded for his contributions to the team when he was named team captain of the Ice Bears in 2006. During his time in Knoxville, he has played in 266 games, scored 183 goals and accumulated 299 assists. Swider has led the SPHL in scoring since the league’s inception four seasons ago.
Kevin Swider continues to receive accolades commending his play on the ice. THE HOCKEY NEWS 60th Anniversary Issue listed top hockey players over the years. Even in the SPHL’s short existence, Kevin Swider was listed as the #1 player in the league.
Swider was also recognized as the Sher-Wood Player of the Month for November 2007 and March 2008 in the SPHL, and he was the recipient of the Sher-Wood Player of the Week on October 29, 2007.
“We are very fortunate to retain a player like Kevin Swider, who could easily move up to a higher league. We look forward to having the leadership and talent that he brings to our team again next season,” said head coach Scott Hillman.
The Knoxville Ice Bears will resume play in October at the Knoxville Civic Coliseum. For season ticket information, please visit www.knoxvilleicebears.com.