Hockey league brings inaugural tour to Van Andel

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Team Mullen is coached by Joe Mullen, who spent 16 seasons in the NHL before being inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 2000. Courtesy 3ICE

A new independent professional hockey league will play the third game of its first season in Grand Rapids. 

Six-team hockey league 3ICE is bringing its 2022 tour to Grand Rapids at 3 p.m. Saturday, July 2, at Van Andel Arena at 130 W. Fulton St. 

Two 3ICE teams will compete in games consiting of two eight-minute periods using a running clock on a full-sized rink. Each team will have seven players (including one goalie) and is competing in a nine-week season that will feature six games each night. 

The league’s bracket-style single-elimination format will include three first-round games and two semifinal matchups, followed by a title game that will complete 3ICE’s inaugural season. 

Teams Mullen and Carbonneau will compete in the July 2 game. 

Team Carbonneau is coached by Guy Carbonneau, who was awarded the NHL’s Frank J. Selke Trophy three times and raised the Stanley Cup three times throughout his playing career before being elected into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 2019.  

Team Mullen is coached by Joe Mullen, who spent 16 seasons in the NHL before being inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 2000.

3ICE also features prominent West Michigan hockey players such as Colton Hargrove and Griffen Molino, from Team Murphy, who played for Western Michigan University prior to joining 3ICE. 

Chris Mueller, who previously played for the Grand Rapids Griffins and Michigan State  University, also will compete in the new three-on-three league’s first summer season, along with Zach Goberis, former hockey player at Adrian College.

Tickets for the game are here and start at $29.  

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