This is the last in a series of All-Time Teams recognizing all of the Indianapolis hockey franchises that have played more than three full seasons. The Ice came into existence in 2004, when Paul Skjodt bought the assets of the CHL’s Indianapolis Ice and the USHL Danville Wings franchise and moved it to Indy. The USHL brought junior hockey to the city as its first Tier I Junior A franchise, and ran for 10 years, bringing two Clark Cup titles (2009, 2014) and two division titles (2008, 2014), in addition to a growing number of NHL players. This list is based on play in Indianapolis, but many of these players have gone on to success at the highest professional levels. Here is the Ice’s team, broken down into a first, second and third team.
Blake Coleman (2009-11)
Coleman was incredible in 2010-11, with 34 goals, 58 assists and 92 points in 59 games. He was also +52. He was named the USHL Player of the Year, and the USA Hockey national junior Player of the Year. In two years with the Ice, he had 42 goals, 66 assists and 108 points in 95 games. He also had two goals and four assists in 14 playoff games. The New Jersey Devils draft pick was also a big scorer at Miami University, where he had 60 goals and 107 points in 143 career games.
Daniil Tarasov (2010-12)
Tarasov holds many of the Ice’s offensive records as a dynamo scorer in his two-year stint with the team. The Moscow native played 117 games with the Ice, with 84 goals and 79 assists for 163 points. He was also +65 for his career. He also had seven goals and nine assists in 11 playoff games. He was 37-38-75 in 57 games in 2010-11, and followed with a 47-goal, 88-point campaign in 2011-12. He was the USHL’s second-leading scorer in each season – second to his linemate Blake Coleman in 2010-11, and his 84 goals were not just most in Ice history, they were the most for a USHL player in a two-year span since 1992. He was a USHL First Team All-Star in 2012, and made his NHL debut with the San Jose Sharks in 2014-15.
Garrett Roe (2004-07)
One of the original Ice players, Roe immediately became a fan favorite with his hard-working style that also led to a number of Ice goals. In 155 games, he had 51 goals, 86 assists and 137 points, including back-to-back 20-goal seasons. He had an incredible 2007 playoff, as the Ice went 6-1 in seven games and reached the USHL semifinals in an experimental format, with three goals and 10 assists in six games. He had a 6-13-19 line in 11 postseason games in his career. Roe is now a fourth-year pro, playing in Europe.
John Carlson (2006-08)
Carlson was a tremendously-skilled defenseman, with 12 goals and 31 assists in 59 games in 2007-08, leading the Ice to a division championship. He also played two games the previous season. His play made him the first (and so far only) Ice player to be chosen in the first round of the NHL Draft, picked 27th overall by the Washington Capitals in 2008. Carlson made his debut with the Caps in 2009-10 and has played 398 NHL games. He also was a key part of the 2014 U.S. Olympic Team, which finished fourth at Sochi.
Torey Krug (2008-09)
Krug was a key part of the 2009 Clark Cup championship team. He had 10 goals and 37 assists from the blueline in 59 games, and also had a goal and six assists in 13 playoff games during the team’s Clark Cup run. Krug’s playoff goal was the game-winner in a 7-6 Game 5 thriller in Cedar Rapids, which allowed the Ice to move on from the opening round in the only game in which they’d face elimination. He went on to play three years at Michigan State, and then signed with the Boston Bruins in 2012. He led the team in playoff scoring in 2014 and has 81 NHL points in two full seasons.
Jon Gillies (2010-12)
Gillies was a wall in net for the Ice in his two seasons. In 2010-11, he set a USHL record for the longest scoreless streak. In 78 games, he was 46-17-11 with a 2.78 GAA. Gillies had six shutouts with the Ice. He played three years at Providence College, backstopping the NCAA championship in 2015, and recently signed with the Calgary Flames.
Jeff Blashill (2008-10)
Blashill began his head coaching career with the Ice in 2008 and immediately made an impact. In his first year, the Ice won a Clark Cup championship, and they followed with another strong season in 2009-10. Several of the players on this list – Torey Krug, Blake Coleman, Sean Kuraly, Brian Ferlin, Nick Mattson, Nick Bailen, Stanislav Galiev, Brett Bennett – played for Blashill. His teams were 72-43-5 in the regular season. Blashill went from the Ice to coach at Western Michigan University, the Grand Rapids Griffins and he was recently named the head coach of the Detroit Red Wings. He has been named AHL Coach of the Year and won a Calder Cup title in the AHL.
John Kemp (2005-08)
Kemp was the team’s main setup man in his three-year stint with the Ice. He played 160 games, with 36 goals but 154 assists, a team record. His 190 points is also a team-record. He had 48 assists his first year, 47 the next and 13-59-72 in 2007-08, leading the Ice to a division title. Kemp played two years of college hockey at Nebraska-Omaha.
Sean Kuraly (2009-12)
Kuraly played two full seasons for the Ice, scoring 41 goals and 61 assists in 110 games. In his final year, he had 32 goals and 70 points in 54 games. He also had four goals and four assists in 11 playoff games. The San Jose Sharks draft pick recently finished his junior year at Miami University.
Brian Ferlin (2009-11)
Another two-year player, Ferlin played 112 games with the Ice, with 31 goals and 58 assists. He had a big year in 2010-11, with 25-48-73 in 55 games. He also had two goals and six assists in 13 playoff games. Ferlin played three years at Cornell University, and recently completed his rookie year in the Boston Bruins organization, where he made his NHL debut this season.
Nick Mattson (2009-11)
The USHL’s Defenseman of the Year in 2011, Mattson was a strong-skating defender who could contribute both in his own zone and offensively. He played 108 games with the Ice, with 11 goals and 44 assists. In 2010-11, he was 6-30-36 and had a +33 rating. He went on from the Ice to play four years at North Dakota. Drafted by the Chicago Blackhawks in 2010, he recently signed with the Rockford IceHogs.
Nick Bailen (2005-08, 2009-10)
No player has played more games in an Ice uniform than Nick Bailen, who played two stints with the team – three years from 2005-08, and then returning in 2009-10 after one college year at Bowling Green. He played 221 games with the Ice, with 27 goals and 56 assists. His best year was 2009-10, when he had 14-27-41 in 58 games. He had a goal and five assists in 25 playoff games. After finishing his college career at RPI in 2013, he just finished his second pro season in Europe, playing for Dynamo Minsk in the KHL.
Brett Bennett (2008-09)
Bennett joined the team after playing two years at Boston University, and his veteran presence was key in the Ice winning the Clark Cup. He was 35-17-2 with a 2.59 GAA, a .910 save percentage and four shutouts. In the playoffs, he was 9-4 with a 2.36 GAA, playing all 13 games in the postseason. He had one shutout and a .920 save percentage. He went on from the Ice to play two years at the University of Wisconsin.
Jeff Brown (2012-14)
Brown joined the team midway through the 2012-13 season and oversaw a turnaround of the team that saw it turn a last-place team into a championship one. His 2013-14 team was dominant, going 42-11-7 and winning the Eastern Conference regular season title. It was one point shy of winning the Anderson Cup as best team in the regular season, but the Ice rolled through the playoffs to win the Clark Cup in a thrilling five-game series over the Waterloo Black Hawks, clinching all three series on the road. He was named USHL General Manger of the Year – he filled the coach and GM role – in 2014. He is now the head coach of the OHL’s Ottawa 67s.
Stanislav Galiev (2008-09)
Galiev gave the Ice a big boost when he led the team in scoring in 2008-09, as the team won a Clark Cup title. He had 29 goals and 35 assists in 60 games, and followed with five goals and four assists in 13 playoff games as the Ice won the championship. He went on to play for the Saint John Sea Dogs and win the Canadian Memorial Cup the following year, and recently finished his third season in the Washington Capitals’ organization. He made his NHL debut with the Capitals in 2014-15, and scored a goal in two games.
Paul Carey (2007-08)
Carey played one year with the Ice, but had big contributions, with 34 goals, 32 assists and 66 points in 60 games, leading the team to a division title. He was the team’s leading goal scorer that season. He has since played four years at Boston College and spent much of his career in the Colorado Avalanche system. He has an assist in 22 NHL games with the Avalanche.
Scott Conway (2013-14)
Conway was the leading scorer for the 2013-14 Clark Cup champions, tallying 33 goals and 35 assists in 57 games for the Ice. He also led the team in playoff scoring with four goals and seven assists in 12 games. The Ice won the division title and the Clark Cup during his year with the team. Conway is a second-generation Indy player, as his father played for the Checkers.
Mike Cichy (2008-09)
Cichy only played a half-season with the Ice, but his contributions were incredible. He had 24 goals and 23 assists in just 30 regular-season games, and then followed with an unbelievable playoff run. He had six goals and 19 assists in 13 playoff games, leading the Ice to their first Clark Cup championship. He was named the playoff MVP.
Josh Jacobs (2012-14)
A strong puck-mover, he led the Ice from the blueline in his two years, including a 5-18-23 year and a +36 rating in 2013-14. He was second in the USHL in +/- in his second year with the team. He played 104 games with the Ice, with seven goals and 31 assists. He recently finished his freshman year at Michigan State, and has signed to play major junior hockey in the OHL. Jacobs was drafted in the second round of the 2014 NHL Draft by the New Jersey Devils.
Anthony Bitetto (2008-10)
Another strong player who was part of the Clark Cup championship team, Bitetto played 82 games for the Ice, with 12 goals and 32 assists. He was 11-29-40 in 58 games in 2009-10. He had two goals and five assists in 22 playoff games, playing all 13 playoff games in the Clark Cup run in 2009, and then scoring a key OT goal to eliminate Cedar Rapids in the deciding fifth game in 2010. He recently finished his third full pro season, spending much of it with the AHL Milwaukee Admirals, but earning a seven-game callup to the NHL Nashville Predators.
Jason Pawloski (2013-14)
Pawloski joined the Ice in 2013-14, and had a solid season. He went 27-8-6 with a 2.46 GAA and .904 save percentage in the regular season, but he caught fire in the playoffs. He earned his first start in Game 3 of the opening-round series against Green Bay and won back-to-back 1-0 games to clinch the series, giving the Ice a USHL record three shutouts in one series. He had a 1.80 GAA and .929 save percentage in the playoffs, leading the Ice to a sweep of Dubuque in the semifinal and a five-game victory over Waterloo in the Clark Cup Final. He was named the USHL’s playoff MVP. Pawloski continued his USHL career playing for Green Bay in 2014-15.
Charlie Skjodt (2006-08, 2010-11)
Skjodt had much success coaching the Ice. Taking over midseason in 2006-07, he led the team to a 6-1 playoff record and a spot in the USHL semifinals in a college-style playoff format. The next year, he led the Ice to a division title. He returned in 2010-11, and led a high-scoring team that included Blake Coleman, Brian Ferlin, Daniil Tarasov, Sean Kuraly and Jon Gillies. The Ice went 76-34-10 in his two full seasons as head coach.
Forwards: Shane Berschbach, Todd McIlrath, Jake Skjodt, Brandon Richardson, Brent Gwidt, Brian Pinho, Tyler Pham
Defensemen: Eddie Del Grosso, Ryan Obuchowski, Austin Kosack
Goaltenders: Casey DeSmith, Scott Darling, Cab Morris, Hayden Stewart