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    Name Year Accomplishments
    Craig Bates
    2003
    Former player Craig Bates took the reigns of the Tennessee Hockey Program in 1998 and was their coach through the College Hockey south years. The players Bates coached helped create the foundation of the dominant teams of the early 2000’s. Craig is still very active in the hockey club, and served as Color Analyst on the Ice Vols radio broadcasts for the 2002-03 season. Craig currently resides in Knoxville and works for the Knoxville News-Sentinel, as well as co-hosting his own sports talk radio show.
    Jeff Beck
    2005
    One of the greatest goaltenders to ever mind the net for Tennessee, the Goaltender of the Year Award is named for Kingston, Ontario’s Jeff Beck. Jeff came to UT in 1980 and helped lead the Ice Vols to three consecutive SCHA Championship games and the 1983 regular season title. Among the records Jeff Holds are best win percentage, best save percentage, and most career wins. Jeff was a three-time SCHA All-Star and was named MVP of the SCHA/NHL Pro-Am game in 1982 which pitted the SCHA’s best against NHL veteran.
    Jon Benner
    2012
    Jon started playing hockey at the age of four with numerous travel teams, youth league teams, and high school teams in Minnesota. Several of Benner’s coaches have had NHL experience including Dave Langeuin, Jeff Lucas, and Chris Prior. During his time at Tennessee, Jon was the model of consistency. Averaging a goal per game, he was a threat to score every time on the ice.  Jon was co-Offensive Player of the Year during his rookie campaign, led the team in scoring as a freshman (one of only three freshmen to ever do so), and finished in the top 3 in scoring each of his following seasons. Equally skilled on both sides of special teams, Benner holds the record for most short-handed goals (7) in a season.  Jon led the team in goals scored in 2004-05 en route to the team’s MVP award. In his Junior year, as Team Captain, Jon garnered his second Offensive Player of the Year award, and became the 11th member of the UT 100-point club. In 2008, he culminated his incredible career at UT by leading his team to his native Minnesota, where the Icevols appeared in their second consecutive National Championship Tournament. Jon’s illustrious collegiate career placed him near the top of several program-record lists. He now stands as the #4 leading scorer in team history with 213 career points, and was the fourth player in team history to eclipse the 100-goal plateau. Missing only three games in his entire collegiate career,  Jon is currently #2 on the UT all-time games played list at 120. Jon is currently living in Nashville and is working in the Logistics Field for C.H. Robinson, Inc.
    Adam Bogren
    2012
    As the 2002-03 season rolled around Tennessee had firmly secured its place as the oldest and most established collegiate hockey club in the southern United States. Tennessee at one point boasted 3 of the top ten scorers in the nation including newcomer Adam Bogren. Adam went on that year to help the Vols upset Division 2 opponents Purdue and West Virginia and complete a historic run with their second consecutive ACHA National Tournament Invitation, advancing to  advanced to the Elite 8, thanks to an upset of #1 Arizona State, before being eliminated by Georgia. A prolific playmaker, creating countless opportunities for teammates, Adam holds the record for most Assists in a game and is tied for most points in a game, collecting 8 assists and 10 total points  vs. South Carolina in September, 2002. In 2003-04 and 2004-05 seasons at the Division 2 Adam was the steadying influence to somewhat chaotic seasons. In 2004, Tennessee brought in 15 freshman. Adam’s influence on and off the ice helped these players make the transition to college hockey and many became instrumental to Tennessee’s run to 3 consecutive  National Championship appearances. The 2004-05 rebuilding project appeared further ahead than planned as senior Adam Bogren led them to a top-15 finish in the ACHA South. Adam is currently ranked in the top 10 all time scoring leaders at Tennessee. After finishing his career in 2005, Adam joined the UT coaching staff and was instrumental in their run to the 2007 National Championship tournament.  Adam is married to Erin (Faith) Bogren and is a Recruiter at ITAC Solutions in Nashville.
    Preston Dixon
    2003
    Preston Dixon served as club president in the mid-90’s. In 1991, Preston set a new record for most goals and most points as a freshman. Preston was a member of the 1993, 1994, and 1996 conference championship teams and later played for the Knoxville Speed UHL team. After a stint as assistant coach with the Knoxville Ice Bears, Preston was promoted in 2003 to General Manager where he served until this past season.   Under Preston’s tenure, the Ice Bears claimed 3 SPHL President’s Cups and the 2006 SPHL Championship.
    Rick Farmer
    2004
    Rick Farmer starred for the Ice Vols almost ten years apart, appearing on the scene in 1979 to help lead the Ice Vols to four consecutive SCHA Championship Games. During this time, Rick filled the trophy cases, earning 3 SCHA All-Star awards, and staying among the team and league leaders in scoring during his stay. Rick returned at the end of the decade and returned to form, leading UT again in scoring with 46 points in 1990. Rick made it to the pros, playing in the ECHL for both the Knoxville Cherokees and Winston-Salem Thunderbirds.
    Dave Feather
    2003
    The “Godfather” of modern Tennessee Hockey, it was Feather who saved the UT Hockey Club from disbandment in 1998. The time, effort, heart, and soul Dave has put into the Tennessee Hockey program is immeasurable. On the ice, Dave served as captain of the 2002 Conference Championship team, and played for Tennessee’s first two ACHA National qualifying teams.
    Shaun Fowler
    2003
    Playing only two seasons with the Ice Vols, Shawn made his mark on the Tennessee Record Book, setting team highs for goals (46), assists (54), and points (100) in a single season. Shawn’s 100 goals put him among the Ice Vols’ Top Ten all time leading scorers. Shawn finished 2003 as the second leading scorer in the nation with a 3.3 points per game average. Shawn also served as captain of the 2003 team which finished 7th in the nation. At the 2003 Nationals, Shawn was among the leading scorers, notching the OT goal to lift the Vols over powerhouse Penn State. Shawn was named to the 2003 All Nationals 2nd Team.
    Shaun Hall
    2006
    Shaun was one of the stalwarts of the Tennessee scoring line during the late 1980’s. Shaun’s 120 points rank him 10th on the Tennessee All-Time Scoring list.
    Scott Holtzman
    2012
    A fan favorite during his years at Tennessee, Scotty was known for his tenacious 2-way play and bone crushing body checks. Scott’s hockey talents took him to the professional ranks, playing in the SPHL for the Knoxville Ice Bears during the 2007-08 season and for Cincinnati in the PIHA (inline) in 2008. A member of UT’s 100 point club, Scotty finished his career with 106 points. In his senior year, Scotty’s leadership and toughness was instrumental in bringing the Icevols to the National Championships in Ft. Wayne Indiana. That season Tennessee matched eventual National Champion Kennesaw State goal for goal and hit for hit, as the Vols won all three matchups against the Owls in regular season play. A versatile player, Scott moved back to defense, anchoring the six man unit to make way for Tennessee’s glut of incoming Freshman forwards. This move gave the Icevols the stability and aggressiveness on defense that propelled them to their national success. Fans who remember Scott’s toughness with the Icevols will not be surprised to learn that he is pursuing a Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) career and he recently returned from a successful Muay Thai bout in Thailand.
    Cliff Kirk
    2004
    Cliff Kirk led the Ice Vols as Team President in the late 80’s and helped spearhead the growth of the team at that time. On the ice, Cliff was a consistant perfomer, rating in the top of the team in points each year. Although Cliff never led the team in points for any season, his consistancy placed Cliff in the top 10 in All-Time points.
    Chad Kukla
    2003
    Chad Kukla was one of the most feared players in the SCHA in the late 90’s. Known for his bruising hits, Chad anchored the Big Orange defense during the 1996 National and SCHA Championship seasons, and the ‘97 runner-up team.
    Larry LaBorde
    2003
    Chicago native Larry LaBorde was one of the first Ice Vols, helping to create the foundation for the UT Hockey club even before his playing days. LaBorde’s father was one of the original builders of the first home of Tennessee Hockey, the Ice Chalet, and Larry skated and practiced with the Big Orange even before his playing days from 1976 to 1980. LaBorde went on to play junior pro hockey in Canada. Larry returned to Knoxville in the 90’s where he is now Manager of the Ice Chalet and Vice President of Chalet Ice Rinks, Inc. In 1996, Larry was named the Ice Skating Institute’s Man of the Year.
    Dan McDonald
    2005
    One of the first Ice Vol greats, Dan McDonald was with the Tennessee program from day one. Dan scored the first goal in team history and helped the teams’ quick start as the top southern hockey power. McDonald captained the first three teams and was the leading scorer for the first team.
    Buzz Parinello
    2003
    Buzz Parinello rewrote the Ice Vols record book in the mid and late 80’s holding most team records well into the 2000’s. Buzz was a member of and leading scorer on the 1987 SCHA Southern Division Championship team, and finishing 9th in scoring in the ACHA that season. Buzz still resides in Knoxville and now serves as a referee with USA Hockey, refereeing youth and adult league hockey and working with minor league programs.
    Bill Rutherford
    2003
    Bill Rutherford played for the Ice Vols in the early days and was on the mid-seventies teams known for playing and beating Georgia Tech in Atlanta’s Omni Arena as a doubleheader with the Atlanta Flames. After spending several years coaching Knoxville area high school teams and helping build the Knoxville Amateur Hockey Association, Bill took the helm of the Tennessee Hockey Program just before the team joined the inaugural season of the Southern Collegiate Hockey Association (SCHA) in 1979. During Rutherford’s tenure, Tennessee finished as SCHA runner-up in 1980, 1981 and 1982, and finished as the 1983 SCHA regular season champions. Rutherford finished his career with a 72-29-3 record.
    Dale Scherholz
    2004
    One of the most decorated Ice Vols ever, Dale Scherholz came to Tennessee at the turn of the century and he helped take the program to the next level. His impact was felt immediately as he earned the 2000 Rookie of the Year award. During Dale’s 4 seasons with UT, he amassed 232 points. He also was a National Top 10 Scorer twice, and was a 2-time all conference selection. He was also named as the 2004 MVP, 2002 Offensive Player of the Year and was a member of the 2002 and 2003 National Championship Tournament teams.
    Alex Skaaleruud
    2003
    Alex has the rare distinction of being one of the few players to have played on three SCHA Championship teams; winning the title with Tennessee in 1993, 1994, and 1996. He was also Captain of the 1997 SCHA runner-up squad.
    Guy Smith III
    2006
    Guy was one of the founding fathers of, and first coach of the Tennessee Hockey program. Guy started the UT program after his success with the Knoxville Jr. Knights program, whose players mostly became UT students; and helped publicize the team through his connections in Knoxville media. His father, Guy Smith, Jr. was a founder of the Knoxville-News-Sentinel and a member of the Tennessee Newspaper Hall of Fame.
    Nathan Tutt
    2003
    Nate Tutt came to Tennessee in 1998 after playing for NCAA Division One Quinnipiac. The Culver City, California native made an immediate impact, staying among the leaders in scoring at both Tennessee and in College Hockey South throughout his stay in Knoxville.
    Kevin Vandervort
    2004
    One of the most decorated former Ice Vols, Kevin Vandervort re-wrote the record book in the late 80’s and early 90’s. Leading the team in goals, assists, and points in various years while at UT, Kevin also set new standards in penalty minutes; leading the team in 3 of 4 seasons. Kevin was a 2-time team MVP and is one of the top scorers in team history with 142 points.
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   SECHC 
 ACHA 
  W-L PTS W-L-T
Georgia  9-0 18 19-3-0
   5-4  10  15-7-0
   7-2  14  25-4-0
 Vanderbilt  5-4  10  16-8-0
 SouthCarolina  3-4  6  9-12-0
   4-4  8  8-9-0
 OleMiss  2-4  4  8-11-0
LSU   2-6  4  5-11-0
 Tennessee  0-5  0  6-18-1
 MississippiState  0-6  0  2-11-0
By rule, a shootout W/L ends in an ACHA Tie