Travel Hockey – Knoxville Jr Ice Bears

Cool Sports, in partnership with the Knoxville Amateur Hockey Association is the home facility for the Knoxville Jr Ice Bears Travel Hockey Program. The Jr. Ice Bears Travel program offers several travel teams from squirt all the way up to U18 midget. These travel teams run independently from the Cool Sports Rec League programs offered in-house.


Cool Sports/KAHA are excited to release the 2019-2020 SYTHL travel rosters for the Knoxville Jr Ice Bears. With a record number of players on the ice for tryouts, the travel program in Knoxville is poised for a great season top to bottom.

All age divisions will form single ‘A’ and double ‘A’ teams with the exception of Pee Wee and 16U where only a “AA” team and 18U team respectively will be formed. As stated prior to tryouts, the volume and quality of players at each level dictated the viability of the teams.

We are also pleased to announce that Jim White, originally set to coach the Pee Wee “A” team has accepted the position of head coach for the Squirt “A” team.

Further, coach Craig Bates has accepted the position of head coach for a newly forming 16U High School All Star team in lieu of  a 16U SYTHL travel team. This group will be made up of age eligible high school players and compete in selected tournaments, friendly games and additional practice ice during the 19-20 season.

Thank you to all players for trying out last weekend and to all the volunteers who helped put it together. All selected players will receive official offer letters from their respective head coaches via email with next step instructions and more information.

A complete list of the 2019-2020 rosters can be viewed below.






After a playing career that included stops in Windsor, Sarnia, Cape Breton,
Acadie-Bathurst and Rimouski at the Major Junior level in Canada’s top
JR league, Coach Tim spent a season in Knoxville as a member of the
United Hockey League’s Knoxville Speed and never left. Since then,
Tim has coached every level of youth hockey from Little Preds all
the way up to U18 and been a fixture in the KAHA community.


                               Contact Cool Sports Hockey Program Director Mike Craigen


2019 TRYOUT DATES: Saturday, June 8th & Sunday June 9th

KAHA and the Jr Ice Bears are members of the Southern Youth Travel Hockey League (SYTHL) which provide competitive Tier 2 hockey across the Southeast. Tier 2 hockey includes AA, A1 & A2 caliber levels of play.

Cool Sports & KAHA will determine at the beginning of each travel season (after tryout date and before league designations) how many travel teams will be available at each age level and what SYTHL league level each will compete in.


KAHA & Cool Sports highly recommend all players interested in trying out for the Knoxville Jr Ice Bears attend the tryout for their age group. The program determines how many teams will be entered into the SYTHL based on number of tryout participants. It is the intention of KAHA & Cool Sports to ice an “A” & a “AA” travel team at each age group but final determination will be made based on the volume and talent of players at tryouts. If the tryout determines that there are not enough travel level players at certain age groups, only one team will be formed

  • You will need an active USA Hockey registration number to sign up and attend the tryout. You can check the status of your registration number here.
  • The tryout fee for the 2019-2020 season is $50. This fee will also cover the select tryout should your child not make a travel team.
  • All players must provide a deposit check in the amount of $400 that will be held by Cool Sports and cashed should the player accept an offer letter from the head coach as well as a signed copy of the travel contract that will be provided closer to the tryout date.
  • All players interested in playing travel or select hockey are encouraged to attend tryouts.
  • The Cool Sports select program has been completely revamped for the 19-20 season and will run under a different operating structure than past years.
  • If your full intention is to play for a Rec Program Select team, you do not need to attend tryouts. The Select program is detailed here.
  • A player selection committee formed by KAHA/Cool Sports will score each player at the tryout and work with head coach to determine rosters.
  • Participation in the try-out is mandatory for being considered for a team roster spot (any exceptions must be approved by the Cool Sports Hockey Director and KAHA Travel Director) If an unavoidable situation arises and you cannot attend tryouts on the 8th or 9th you must contact the travel director to make alternative arrangements.
  • Cool Sports is offering several TRAVEL PREP CLINICS and a weeklong day camp “Skills & Drills” featuring former NHL player development coach Jarrod Skalde this summer leading up to tryout dates.





Please note the cost figures below are approximations based on last season and a projection of the upcoming season. The cost reflected does not include tournaments, additional friendly games, uniforms or other additional travel expense items.










45-50 shared ice

12 ProVision Practices

2-4 tournaments

SYTHL fees

Jim White – “A”

Josh Akright – “AA”

4-5 league weekends



45-50 shared ice

12 ProVision Practices

2-4 tournaments

SYTHL fees

Sean Mangan – “AA” 4-5 league weekends



25 full ice / 25 half ice

12 ProVision Practices

3-5 tournaments

SYTHL fees

KJ Voorhees – “A”

Tim Sinasac – “AA”

4-5 league weekends



50 full ice/ shared if both U16&U18 have rosters.


3-5 tournaments

SYTHL fees

Steven Barnard – “AA” 4-5 league weekends (U16 only)

* travel expenses NOT included in cost *



We’re not sure if our son/daughter is good enough to play travel, should we bother?

YES! You can’t be selected if you don’t tryout. The tryout fee also applies to the select tryout so if your skater isn’t selected to the travel team, they are automatically moved to the select tryout roster at no additional cost.

What are the determining factors on how many travel teams we will have next season and what division they’ll play in?

The determination will be made based on the volume and talent of the players who attend tryouts. Our goal is to have enough players at each age level to field two travel teams, but if tryouts determine we don’t, only a single team will be formed. The division that team(s) play in will also be based on talent.

My kid has been cut 3 years in a row, what’s the point in trying out again?

Anytime a family makes a decision to enter into a “tryout” situation, we must all recognize that being disappointed or not selected is a potential outcome. If this scenario isn’t something your family is comfortable subjecting your child to, Cool Sports offers a wonderful Rec League program that does not involve “cuts.”
The evaluation process for each player includes a 5-person committee formed by KAHA who rate each player over the two-day tryout and confer with the head coach before making final decisions. Wayne Gretzky said, “you miss 100% of the shots you don’t take.” and while no one can guarantee your son or daughter will make a travel team based simply on showing up, you can be assured they will have the same fair opportunity as everyone else.

I really want my son/daughter to play travel and we think they’re good enough, but it’s so expensive. What can we do?

KAHA and Cool Sports offer excellent fundraising options that we call FRC’s. Any registered family can work a number of different options to earn credits toward hockey expenses. Visit for more details.

Is all this money due up front?

Nope. A $400 deposit check made out to KAHA is due on the date of the tryout that is held and cashed if you make the team. After that, each team has payment dates throughout the season that spread out the total amount due.

Our family plays soccer and baseball, how long is the travel season and when will it start?

After the tryouts on June 8th and 9th, the travel season will start off with weekly team practices beginning the first full week of August. The season length will vary for each age group but traditionally end the last week of February.