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Born to Compete

Founded in 1966, the University of Tennessee Ice Vols Hockey program is the oldest and most established hockey program in the southeastern United States. Throughout the years, the Ice Vols have enjoyed their share of success while forging great rivalries and great memories for all of the players involved; from the original puck drop against Miami University of Ohio Redhawks and the victories over Alabama-Huntsville Chargers, to the timeless Georgia Tech rivalry and the victory in the Inaugural SEC Hockey Tournament in 2009. The Ice Vols have made multiple appearances in the national tournament as well as the SECHC tournament.


The General James White Memorial Civic Auditorium and Coliseum is a multi-purpose events facility built in 1961, owned by the city of Knoxville, and operated by SMG. Its components are an auditorium with a maximum seating capacity of 2,500, a multi-purpose arena with a maximum seating capacity of 6,500, an exhibition hall and a reception hall.

The arena is home to the Knoxville Ice Bears, of the SPHL and the University of Tennessee Ice Vols. In the past, the arena hosted the Knoxville Speed, of the UHL, the Knoxville Cherokees, of the ECHL and the Knoxville Knights, of the EHL. It was also the home of the Tennessee Thundercats professional indoor football franchise, for two years.

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