Area hockey fans are in for a treat Wednesday, Jan. 5 as several players from the Knoxville Ice Bears will visit the Johnson Controls Ice Rink at Bristol Motor Speedway.

The Ice Bears, who play in the Southern Professional Hockey League, will be at the rink from approximately 5 p.m.-8 p.m. and will show off their skills, pose for pictures, sign autographs and give away Ice Bears souvenirs. The players also will take part in activities on the ice involving guests who come out to see them that evening.

Chilly, the Ice Bears mascot, also will be at the rink and will be available for photos.

The Johnson Controls Ice Rink is open each night through Jan. 16, with the exception of Monday, Jan. 10, when it will be closed.  Cost to skate is $5 and skate rental is $2.

Proceeds from the Johnson Controls Ice Rink benefit the Bristol Chapter of Speedway Children’s Charities, a non-profit foundation dedicated to distributing funds throughout the region to qualified children’s charities. Funds from the foundation directly aid children in Northeast Tennessee and Southwest Virginia. To date, Speedway Children’s Charities has raised in excess of $6 million for area agencies.