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3ICE Signs Familiar Names for Inaugural Season

A contingent of former NHLers and prospects make up the latest crop of 3ICE signings.
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3ICE, North America’s new three-on-three professional hockey league continues to add players. The newest crop includes a mix of younger current professional players, and retired NHL alumni.

Most notable in this signing class, which included nine players, is Jayce Hawryluk. Hawryluk was a 2014 second-round pick, 32nd overall of the Florida Panthers, and spent the 2020-2021 season with the NHL’s Vancouver Canucks where he scored 5-points in 30 games. This season, Hawryluk is playing in Sweden with the SHL’s Skellefteå AIK. Over the past three seasons, Hawryluk, 26, played 98 NHL games with Florida, Ottawa, and Vancouver.

Brennan Menell, who is currently under contract with the NHL’s Philadelphia Flyers also signed a contract with the league. Menell has split this season between the AHL’s Toronto Marlies and Lehigh Valley Phantoms. The 24-year-old defender played with Dinamo Minsk of the KHL last season and has 5 NHL games on his resume in 2019-2020 with the Minnesota Wild.

Samson Mahbod (HK Dukla Trencin, Slovakia) and Mark Auk (Odense Bulldogs, Denmark) are the other active professionals signed by 3ICE in this wave of additions.

The remaining five players -- Jeff Taffe, Mike Lundin, Jared Aulin, Griffen Molino, and Nic Kerdiles -- have all been out of hockey for at least a season, but all have NHL experience to their names.

Lundin, a 37-year-old defender leads the way with 252 NHL games, most coming with the Tampa Bay Lightning. Lundin, who has represented Team USA at the World Championships finished his NHL career in 2012-2013 with the Ottawa Senators before playing in Europe.

Taffe was a first-round selection of the St. Louis Blues, 30th overall in 2000. Now 41, Taffe played 180 games in the NHL, primarily with the Phoenix Coyotes and Pittsburgh Penguins. Taffe also played more than 700 regular season and playoff games in the AHL during his 17-year professional career.

Aulin and Kerdiles were both second-round NHL picks, while Molino signed as a free agent following an NCAA career.

The signing of these nine players brings the total number of players under contract with 3ICE up to 21. Of that group, 17 have played in the NHL headlined by veterans David Booth, TJ Hensick, Chris Connor, Chris Bourque, Steve Olesky, Taffe and Lundin.

3ICE will launch their first-ever touring season on June 18 in Las Vegas, spending the next nine weeks traveling the United States and Canada before returning to Vegas for their championship weekend on August 20.

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