KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – As the SPHL offseason rolls along, the Knoxville Ice Bears made an important signing announcement. On July 25, the Ice Bears announced that David Brancik will be returning to Knoxville for the upcoming 2019-2020 season. In a release made by the Knoxville Ice Bears, Coach Jeff Carr said of Brancik:
“David has been nothing but professional – on and off the ice”.
Brancik is the first announced returning player from last year’s playoff run. That will be important for keeping strong team cohesion for the upcoming campaign.
Brancik, 24, will be entering his fifth year of professional hockey. In his first two seasons, he played for the Berlin River Dashers of the FHL. Brancik played 103 games for the River Dashers, amassing 71 points (15G+56A) and 71 PIMs. Those two seasons brought him to the SPHL and the Knoxville Ice Bears.
In his two seasons in the SPHL, Brancik has created an impressive reputation for himself while playing with the Ice Bears. In 96 games with Knoxville, Brancik is credited 50 points (12G+38A) and 64 PIMs. Those stats and his physical, gritty style of defense have are why he is one of the most respected defensemen in the league, and why he was an important player to make sure Carr got back to Knoxville.
Brancik has been a defensive stalwart for the Ice Bears over the past two years, and he will definitely be the anchor of the defense this year. Coach Carr also stated from Knoxville’s aforementioned release:
“His playing style fits well with our philosophy of high character, compete, and hockey sense”.
These attributes are why Brancik will be an integral part of the Ice Bears success this year.
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