Fan vote will determine if new hockey league comes to Grand Rapids

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The city of Grand Rapids is in the running to become one of 3ICE’s nine tour stops during its inaugural season next year.

3ICE is a new and independent, three-on-three North American professional ice hockey league.

E.J. Johnston Courtesy 3ICE

“3ICE is bringing the best part of hockey to nine cities next year, and we want to hear from hockey fans where we should go,” said E.J. Johnston, CEO of 3ICE. “We’ve narrowed a list of hockey-hungry markets down to 20, and we really want to get fan feedback on where we will drop the puck in June of 2021.”

Hockey fans are asked to begin voting at Fans also can post videos and tag various 3ICE social media accounts and those will receive double the votes. Fans can vote until 11:59 PST Sept. 27.

The season will take place during the summer of 2021. The league will consist of eight teams with each consisting of seven players — six skaters and one goalie — and a head coach.

Overall, every season will see a total of 60 games per season played over nine tour stops, culminating in a final league championship game.

“We can’t wait to see how this shakes out. We really want to listen to hockey fans and hope that we get surprised by some fans and the passion they have for their cities,” Johnston said. “We’ll listen to what they have to say and will look to start announcing our tour stops in October.”

The other candidate cities fans can vote for are:

  • Boston
  • Buffalo, New York
  • Chicago
  • Cleveland
  • Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
  • Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
  • Hershey, Pennsylvania
  • Kansas City, Missouri
  • Las Vegas
  • London, Ontario, Canada
  • Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minnesota
  • Montreal, Quebec, Canada
  • Nashville, Tennessee
  • Philadelphia
  • Pittsburgh
  • Providence, Rhode Island
  • Quebec City, Quebec, Canada
  • Toronto, Ontario, Canada
  • Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada

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