Alumni report: Players in pro hockey

With the season hitting the holiday break, it’s a good time to see where some of our “old friends” are in hockey. This is a look at active players only, who have played for the Indianapolis Ice (the IHL or CHL varieties) or the USHL’s Indiana Ice. Today’s post looks only at players currently playing professionally. The second post features former Indiana Ice players currently in college or junior hockey. Most of this list is made up of Indiana Ice players, but there is one active former IHL Ice in the NHL (Dan Cleary) and two active former CHL Ice players (Arvid Rekis, Blaz Emersic) playing in Europe. Enjoy!


Paul Carey (2007-08): Had 34 goals for the Ice in 2007-08, then was a big scorer for Boston College through 2012. He signed with the Colorado Avalanche after the 2012 college season ended, and has played several years in the AHL for the Lake Erie Monsters, including a 19-goal season in 2012-13. Last year, he played 12 games in the NHL with the Avalanche, and has played three in Denver this season. He also has seven goals and eight assists in 24 AHL games with the Lake Erie Monsters.

John Carlson (2006-08): Had 43 points in 61 games for the Ice and spearheaded a division title team in 2007-08. He turned pro in 2009, and after half of an AHL season, has been a key part of the Washington Capitals’ blueline ever since the 2009-10 season. He has played 348 games, with 37 goals and 121 assists in the NHL, and he is currently second on the Capitals’ list for consecutive games played. Carlson also played for the 2014 U.S. Olympic Team. This year, he has four goals and 20 assists and is a +12 in 32 games.

Daniel Cleary (1997-98): The last active member of the IHL version of the Indianapolis Ice, Cleary has had a long NHL career with the Blackhawks, Oilers, Coyotes and, since 2005, the Detroit Red Wings. He has a goal and an assist in 10 games this season, and 165 goals and 222 assists in 931 career NHL games from 1997-present. He was the Blackhawks’ first-round pick in 1997.

Scott Darling (2007-08): He had a big hand in the Ice’s division title in 2008, as he had a 27-10-2 record for the team. He played two years collegiately at Maine, and since 2010, has gone on a pro career that has seen him play 65 games in the SPHL (Louisiana, Mississippi), 39 in the ECHL (Florida, Wheeling, Cincinnati), one in the CHL (Wichita), 40 in the AHL (Hamilton, Milwaukee, Rockford) before signing with the Blackhawks this offseason. He performed so well in Rockford that he has been twice called up to the NHL, where he has gone 5-2-0 with a 1.97 GAA.

Torey Krug (2008-09): Had 47 points to help lead the Ice to a Clark Cup title in 2008-09, then had three solid seasons at Michigan State. Signed with the Boston Bruins as a free agent in 2012, and has played 112 NHL games, with 20 goals and 34 assists. He made a splash with the Bruins in the 2013 run to the Stanley Cup Final, with four goals and two assists in the playoffs that season, and was one of the finalists for the Calder Trophy last year, with 14 goals and 40 points for the Bruins. This year, he has six goals and six assists in 30 games for the B’s.


Anthony Bitetto (2008-10): 40-point scorer from the blueline in 2009-10, he turned pro in 2012 after two years at Northeastern University, and has played in the Nashville Predators organization. Last year, he had 36 points in 73 games for the Milwaukee Admirals, and this year, has a goal and 12 assists in 28 games for Milwaukee.

Nic Dowd (2009-10): Finished a four-year career at St. Cloud State this spring, then signed with the Los Angeles Kings. He is in his first full pro season, and has four goals and 16 assists in 28 games with the Manchester Monarchs.

Brian Ferlin (2009-11): Big scorer with the Ice, especially in 2010-11 when he had 73 points in 55 games. He played three years at Cornell, and signed with the Boston Bruins this spring. In his first pro season, he has five goals and four assists in 23 games for the Providence Bruins.

Stanislav Galiev (2008-09): After winning both the U.S. (with the Ice) and Canadian (with Saint John) junior national titles, Galiev has played in the Washington Capitals organization since 2012, including 47 points in the ECHL in 2012-13 with Reading. This year, he has nine goals and four assists in 22 games with the Hershey Bears.

Kevin Goumas (2009-10): Played four years at New Hampshire and is in his first full pro season with the Lehigh Valley Phantoms in the Flyers’ organization. He has a goal and two assists in 27 games.

Joel Rechlicz (2005-06): Played just two games with the Ice before going to the QMJHL, and has made a career as an enforcer. He was the first Ice player to play in the NHL (26 games for the Isles and Capitals from 2008-12), and is currently playing for the Iowa Wild. He has a goal and 33 PIM in 14 games.

Cameron Schilling (2007-08): One of several Indy natives to play for the Ice, Schilling played at Miami Univeristy since 2012. He has played in the Capitals organization since, with solid AHL numbers for Hershey and two one-game callups to Washington. This year, he has a goal and six assists in 28 games for the Hershey Bears.

Daniil Tarasov (2010-12): High-scoring forward for the Ice who had 84 goals and 79 assists in two seasons with the team, signed with the Sharks organization after his junior career. He is in his third full pro season, and has six goals and nine assists for the Worcester Sharks in 26 games. He had 17 goals in 47 games last year in Worcester.


Shane Berschbach (2008-10): 20-goal scorer for the Clark Cup champs is in his first full pro season after finishing his college career at Western Michigan. He has five goals and 11 assists in 20 games for the Toledo Walleye, and also has played five games for the AHL Grand Rapids Griffins this season.

Kyle Bonis (2007-08): Played 11 games for the Ice, four years at Ferris State through 2013, and has played in the AHL for Norfolk, Charlotte and Grand Rapids, and in the ECHL for Florida and Toledo. Had 25 goals for Florida last year, and has 13 goals and 5 assists in 22 games for the Toledo Walleye this year.

Patrick Cullen (2007-08): Had 28 points for the Ice that year, then played four years at RPI. He played two full professional seasons in Europe from 2012-14, returned to North America this year and made the Indy Fuel out of training camp. He has six goals and six assists in 26 games for the Fuel, and is one of two former Ice (along with Cody Reichard) to suit up for the Fuel this year.

Sean Dolan (2004-06): Has played in the ECHL & AHL since finishing his four year career at Wisconsin. Currently on the roster of the ECHL South Carolina Stingrays.

Mike Embach (2006-07): Is in his fourth full pro season, playing it primarily in the ECHL. He came to Fort Wayne last year and had 28 goals in 63 games for the Komets and Gwinnett Gladiators. This season, he has seven goals and 20 assists in 24 games for Fort Wayne.

Cory Fienhage (2007-08): Turned pro in 2011 and has primarily played in the ECHL. This year, he has five assists in 22 games for the Bakersfield Condors.

Drew Fisher (2004-05): In his third full pro season after graduating from Bemidji State, all with the Tulsa Oilers of the CHL (and now ECHL). He has 33 professional goals, including 7-17-24 in 25 games this year.

Sebastien Geoffrion (2008-09): The grandson of Bernie “Boom-Boom” Geoffrion is in his second full pro season after graduating from Alabama-Huntsville. He had three assists in 16 games for the Missouri Mavericks.

Brent Gwidt (2006-09): Captain of the 2009 Clark Cup Champs, Gwidt played four years at Nebraska-Omaha and has played for the Utah Grizzlies since finishing his college career. This year, he has four goals and four assists in 18 games.

Eric Kattelus (2006-07): Has played primarily in the ECHL since finishing his college career at Michigan Tech in 2011. He is in his second season with the Kalamazoo Wings, where he has three goals and 10 assists in 15 games. He had 35 points in 37 games for the Wings last year.

Tristin Llewellyn (2004-06): Played three and a half years at Michigan and turned pro in the 2010-11 season. He has played for several ECHL, CHL and SPHL teams, and is currently playing for the Gwinnett Gladiators, where he is 3-9-12 in 22 games.

Will MacDonald (2007-09): Has played in the ECHL since finishing at Princeton in 2013. This year, he has a goal and an assist in 12 games for the Gwinnett Gladiators.

Sam Marotta (2009-10): Goalie who played in, and won, one game with the Ice. Played four years at Merrimack through 2014, and is currently playing for the Elmira Jackals, where he is 6-7-1 with a 2.49 GAA in 15 games.

John Mitchell (2005-06): Played briefly with the Ice, had a strong four-year career at Wisconsin, and has played for several AHL teams since 2011. He started the year in Britain, with 26 points in 25 games for the Dundee Stars. He recently joined the South Carolina Stingrays and has three goals and an assist in four games.

Adam Philipps (2009-10): Recently finished a four-year career at UMass, and is in his first pro season with the Stockton Thunder. Has three goals and seven assists in 28 games.

Cody Reichard (2005-06): Played 23 games for the Ice, had a four-year career at Miami University, and has played for several ECHL (Stockton, Fort Wayne, Utah, Orlando) and AHL (Houston, Iowa) teams since turning pro in 2012. This season, he has returned to Indy as a member of the Indy Fuel, where he is 5-6-2 with a 3.35 GAA.

TJ Syner (2007-08): 21-goal scorer for the Ice, has split time between the AHL and ECHL since finishing his college career at UMass in 2012. He had 19 goals for Reading a year ago, and has four goals and four assists in 13 games for the Utah Grizzlies this year.


Will Aide (2010-11): Turned pro in the 2012-13 season after playing at Div. III UW-Stevens Point, and is in his second full professional season with the Columbus Cottonmouths. Had 16 points and 201 PIM in 53 games last year, and has an assist in five games this season.

Max Cook (2008-10): 23-goal scorer in 2009-10 for the Ice, played four years at Miami University and is currently a professional rookie with the Columbus Cottonmouths. He has a goal and two assists in 17 games.

Mike Gurtler (2006-07): Since turning pro after a four-year career at Mercyhurst College, Gurtler has played primarily in the CHL and SPHL. He is in his third season with the Huntsville Havoc, with four goals and seven assists in 17 games. He had 45 points in 45 games last year for Huntsville.

Bryon Paulazzo (2009-10): Recently finished a four-year career at Miami University. Appeared in camp with the Indy Fuel this year, and has three goals and four assists for the Mississippi RiverKings in 17 games.


Nick Bailen (2005-08, 2009-10): The Ice’s all-time leader in games played, Bailen finished his college career at RPI in 2013, and has played two full professional seasons in Europe. This year, he has nine goals and 13 assists in 36 games for Dynamo Minsk.

Kirill Lebedev (2011-12): Has played four games this season for Sochi HC in the KHL.

Mikhail Plonitkov (2012-13): Currently in his second KHL season, with Novokuznetsk Mettalurg, where he has five goals and five assists in 34 games.

Other Europe

Loren Barron (2008-09): Played his rookie year for ECHL Evansville last season after finishing four years at Quinnipiac, but has been in Scotland this year. He has seven assists in 11 games for the Edinburgh Capitals, and also played one game for the ECHL Missouri Mavericks.

Mike Beck (2004-05): Played four years at New Hampshire. Has been playing in Europe (Sweden, Norway, Denmark) ever since, and is currently playing for HK Nitra in the Czech Republic.

Ben Blood (2007-08): After a four-year career at North Dakota, he has split time between the ECHL (Elmira) and AHL (Binghamton) in the Senators’ organization. He started the 2014-15 season with the Wheeling Nailers, where he has two assists in 13 games. He is currently playing in Norway, where he has five points in four games for Stjernen.

Blaz Emersic (1999-2000): The scorer of the Miron Cup-winning goal in 2000, Emersic has been playing in England for the Milton Keynes Lightning. He had 70 points in 54 games last season.

Milan Gulas (2004-05): Has played in Europe since leaving the Ice, and has been a high-scoring forward in the Czech Republic, KHL, and for the last two seasons, the Swedish Hockey League. He currently has 8-11-19 for Farjestads BK Karlstad in 30 games.

Tomas Klempa (2004-05): After tallying 52 points in 56 games for the Ice, Klempa had a solid four-year career at Nebraska-Omaha, played several years of North American minor pro (mostly in the CHL) and is currently playing in Slovakia for Piestany SHK 37, where he has 26 points in 36 games.

Lukas Klimek (2005-06): Has played professionally in the Czech Republic since his year with the Ice. He currently has 13 goals (tying his career nigh) and five assists in 26 games playing in his second season for Sparta Praha.

Tibor Kutalek (2004-05): Played three games for the Ice, but has been a pro in Slovakia since 2008. He currently has 12-17-29 in 35 games for Piestany SHK 37.

Stepan Novotny (2007-08): Played four years of Canadian Major Junior after his season with the Ice, and has since played in Europe, in the KHL and leagues in both the Czech Republic and Slovakia. This year, he has 10 goals and seven assists in 32 games for Zilinia HK.

Samu Perhonen (2013-14): Currently playing for KalPa Kuopio in his native Finland.

Arvid Rekis (1999-2000): Defenseman on the CHL Indianapolis Ice championship team in 2000, he is currently playing for Augsburg in the German Elite League, with three assists in 29 games. He has played in Europe since 2003, including four seasons (2010-14) with Dymano Riga in the KHL. He has also represented Latvia three times in the Olympic Games (2006, 2010, 2014).

Garrett Roe (2004-07): Popular player for the Ice, where he scored 51 goals in three seasons, played four years at St. Cloud State. He played two AHL seasons for Adirondack, and has spent the last two years in Europe. He currently has nine goals and 23 assists in 29 games for Munich in the German Elite League.

Gregory Squires (2006-08): 36-goal scorer in two seasons for the Ice played at Western Michigan University. He has played primarily in Europe since turning pro in 2012, and has been a big scorer — 48 points in 47 games in Germany in 2012-13, 30 goals and 68 points last year, and has 11 goals and 18 assists playing in 34 games for Oskarshamn AK in Sweden this year.

Colin Vock (2004-05): Played four years at Vermont, three in the ECHL, and has been in Europe since 2013. He is currently playing for Frederikshaven in Denmark. Last year, he had 47 points in 40 games in the Danish league.

Stick tap to former Ice intern Oliver Francies for helping fill a couple of gaps.

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