Where are they now? Ice in the pros

The Indiana Ice played in Indianapolis for 10 years, from 2004-14, and won two USHL championships. As the top junior league in the Untied States, the USHL provided a number of top prospects an opportunity to develop their games. Nine former Ice players have played an NHL game this season (and 15 total have played in the NHL). Here is a rundown of the former Ice players active in professional hockey.

This is the second part in a series looking at the whereabouts of former Indianapolis players. Tomorrow: Former Indiana Ice playing in college/junior hockey. 

NHL

Justin Bailey: A highly-touted prospect, he was chosen by the Buffalo Sabres in the second round in 2013. He had a goal in two games for the Ice in 2011-12, went to the OHL the following year and had two straight 20-goal seasons. He made his pro debut in 2015-16, and had 20 goals and 45 points for the Rochester Americans. He also made his NHL debut that year with Buffalo. He currently has 19 points in 20 games for Rochester, and has played 10 career NHL games with the Sabres, including two this season.

Anthony Bitetto: Ice defenseman from 2008-10, where he was a key part of the Clark Cup title run in 2009. He played two years at Northeastern before turning pro with the Predators, who drafted him in the sixth round in 2010. He joined the AHL’s Milwaukee Admirals for the playoffs in 2012, and has stuck. He made his NHL debut with the Predators in 2014-15, and has played 39 career NHL games with Nashville, with seven points. He has an assist in four games with the Preds this year, and has recently been out with an injury. He also has played 187 career AHL games, all with Milwaukee, and 23 ECHL games with Cincinnati in 2012-13.

Paul Carey: A fifth-round pick of the Colorado Avalanche in 2007, he played 60 games for the Ice in 2007-08, tallying 34 goals and 66 points. After a four-year career at Boston College, he signed with the Avs in 2012, and made his NHL debut in 2013-14. He has played at least one NHL game in four straight seasons, including three this year with the Washington Capitals, with a goal and an assist in 29 career games. He is currently with the Hershey Bears, with 23 points in 22 games. He has played 254 career AHL games, with 63 goals and 87 assists.

John Carlson: One of the top players to suit up for the Ice, he played 61 games for the team from 2006-08, tallying 43 points from the blue line. He was the Washington Capitals’ first-round pick in 2008, and matriculated to the NHL in his first full pro season of 2009-10. Since then, he has been a rock on the Caps’ blue line, with 54 goals and 243 points in 485 games. This season, he has three goals and 14 assists in 32 games. Carlson also played in the 2014 Winter Olympics for the United States.

Scott Darling: Ice goaltender in 2007-08, when he was 27-10-2 with a 3.04 GAA. He went on an amazing journey from the Ice to two seasons at the University of Maine, to the SPHL, ECHL and CHL, before sticking in the AHL in 2013-14 with the Milwaukee Admirals. He signed with the Chicago Blackhawks in the summer of 2014-15, and was called up to Chicago that season due to injuries and stuck – with a .936 save percentage and a shutout in 14 games with the eventual Stanley Cup champions. He played a key role in the playoffs that season. He is currently in his third season with the Blackhawks. This year, he has a 10-3-2 record with a 2.35 GAA and a .923 save percentage, as well as posting his third carer NHL shutout. He has played 60 NHL games with a 2.36 GAA and has a 31-15-6 career record, primarily as Corey Crawford’s backup.

Nic Dowd: The Ice forward in 2009-10 – when he had 39 points in 46 games – is in his first full season with the Los Angeles Kings. He was a seventh-round pick of the Kings in 2009, and had 121 points in four seasons at St. Cloud State. After three years in the AHL – including a Calder Cup title in 2014-15 with Manchester and 48 points in 58 games for the Ontario Reign in 2015-16, he got an NHL callup late in 2015-16. He has four goals and nine assists in 29 games this year, and has played 34 NHL games with the Kings.

Torey Krug: Had 47 points in 59 games for the Ice in their 2009 Clark Cup run, including a key third-period goal in Game 5 of their first-round victory over Cedar Rapids. After three years at Michigan State, he signed with the Boston Bruins in the spring of 2012. He stuck with the B’s after a torrid playoff run in 2013 where he had six points to help lead Boston to the Stanley Cup Final. He is in his fourth full pro season with the Bruins, where he has a goal and 17 assists in 36 games. He was a Calder Trophy finalist in 2013-14, with 40 points when the Bruins won the Presidents Trophy. He has 31 goals and 143 points in 277 career NHL games.

Sean Kuraly: Ice forward from 2009-12, where he had 102 points in 110 games, including a 32-goal, 70-point season in 2011-12, coming the year after he was picked in the fifth round by the San Jose Sharks. He had 93 points in four seasons at Miami University, graduating this past spring, and signed with the Boston Bruins, who acquired him in a summer 2015 trade. He has played five games in Boston, and has three goals and four assists in 20 games for AHL Providence.

Cristoval “Boo” Nieves: Nieves made his NHL debut this year with the New York Rangers, playing one game. A second-round pick of the Rangers in 2012, he played 13 games for the Ice in 2011-12, with 10 points. He had a solid four-year career at Michigan, where he had 110 points from 2012-16. He turned pro after the 2016 college season and is in his first full pro year. he has 16 points in 35 games for the Rangers’ AHL affiliate in Hartford, including two goals and nine assists in 27 games this season.

AHL

Kyle Bonis: Ice forward for 11 games in 2007-08. He played four seasons at Ferris State from 2009-13, and has been a big scorer in the ECHL, where he has played for Florida and Toledo. He had a 36-goal season for Toledo in 2014-15. He is currently with the AHL’s Rochester Americans, where he has four goals and an assist in 19 games. He also had 10 points in seven games for Toledo. He has 80 goals and 59 assists in 169 career ECHL games, and nine goals and eight assists in 63 career AHL games.

Blake Coleman: USHL Player of the Year in 2010-11, when he had 92 points in 59 games. Over his Ice career, he had 108 points in 95 contests from 2009-11. A third-round New Jersey Devils pick in 2011, he had 107 points in 143 career game at Miami University from 2011-15, and joined the Devils’ organization in the summer of 2015. He has nine goals and eight assists in 27 games for the Albany Devils this season, and has 24 points in 41 career games in Albany.

Casey DeSmith: Ice goaltender from 2009-11, where he backstopped the team for 64 games and to a 33-24-3 record. He played three college seasons at New Hampshire, and is in his second pro season. this year, he has a 7-0-0 record and a 1.75 GAA for the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins. He has a career 9-2-0 AHL record in 15 games, and also was 5-2-2 with a 2.55 GAA for ECHL Wheeling in 2015-16.

Adam Erne: Ice forward in 2010-11 who had 18 points in 45 games. He went from there to the QMJHL, where he was a point-a-game scorer who tallied four straight 20-goal seasons for Quebec, and was drafted in the second round by Tampa Bay in 2013. He is in his second full pro season with the Syracuse Crunch, with 17 points in 27 games. He has 50 points in 84 career AHL games, all with Syracuse.

Brian Ferlin: Ice forward form 2009-11, where he had 73 points in 55 games in 2010-11, and 89 career points in 112 games. He played three years at Cornell, tallying 72 points, before signing with the Boston Bruins in 2014. The B’s drafted him in the fourth round in 2011. He made his NHL debut with the Bruins in 2014-15 and tallied an assist. He is in his third full pro season with the AHL Providence Bruins, but injuries have cut short his last two seasons. He has 17 goals and 17 assists in 78 career AHL games.

Stanislav Galiev: Ice forward in 2008-09, when he had 64 points in 60 games on a championship team. Galiev was picked by the Washington Capitals in the third round in 2010, after winning his second straight national junior title, this time the Memorial Cup with the Saint John Sea Dogs. He turned pro in 2012 and has played in the Caps’ organization since. He made his NHL debut with two games in 2014-15, scoring a goal. He had 24 games with the Caps in 2015-16, with three assists. He is currently with the AHL’s Hershey Bears, where he has three goals and four assists in 12 games this season. He has 62 points in 117 career AHL games from 2012-17. He also has 60 points in 60 career ECHL games with the Reading Royals from 2012-14.

Jon Gillies: Ice goaltender from 2010-12, where he had a 46-17-11 record and six shutouts. A third-round Flames pick in 2013, he played three seasons at Providence, leading them to an NCAA title in 2015. He was 60-34-13 in college, with a career .931 save percentage. He signed with the Flames in 2016, and has played 23 career games with the AHL’s Stockton Heat. He has a 9-4-1 record and a shutout in 16 games this season, with a 2.87 GAA and .913 save percentage.

Joshua Jacobs: Ice blueliner from 2012-14. He had 38 points in 104 games, and had five points in the Clark Cup title run in 2014. A second-round pick of the Devils in 2014, he played one year at Michigan State, with nine points in 35 games. After a year in the OHL last season, he turned pro, and has three points in 12 games with the Albany Devils this season. He has also played one ECHL game with the Adirondack Thunder.

Joel Rechlicz: “Wrecker” was the first Ice alum to play in the NHL – he played two games with the team in 2005-06. He made his NHL debut with the Islanders in 2008-09 and has played 26 NHL games, most recently with the Washington Capitals in 2011-12. He has one career assists and 105 PIMs. He is currently in the AHL, where he has played five games for the Bakersfield Condors in his 10th full pro seasons. He has played 322 pro games, nearly all in the AHL, with five goals, five assists and 1307 penalty minutes.

Cameron Schilling: An Indiana native who has played in the NHL, Schilling played for the Ice in 2007-08, when he had 10 points in 55 games. He played college hockey at Miami University and signed with the Washington Capitals organization in 2012. He has played six NHL games with the Capitals from 2012-15, and has played primarily in the AHL with Hershey and now Rockford. This season, he has six goals and six assists in 28 games for the Rockford IceHogs. He has played 311 AHL games, with 24 goals and 84 points.

Blake Siebenaler: Fort Wayne native who had three points in 11 games for the Ice in 2012-13. He went to the OHL the following year and played three years with the Niagara iceDogs, where he had 96 career points. He was drafted in the third round of the 2014 NHL Draft by the Columbus Blue Jackets. He made his pro debut with the Jackets’ AHL affiliate in Cleveland, where he has a goal and three assists in 18 games.

Rinat Valiev: Defenseman for the Ice in 2012-13, where he had 13 points in 36 games. He went to the Western Hockey League for two years after that, and was drafted in the third round by the Toronto Maple Leafs in 2014. He made his pro debut in 2015 with the AHL’s Toronto Marlies and is in his second full pro season. He has a goal and seven assists in 26 games with the Marlies this year, and five goals and 26 assists in 88 career AHL games, all with Toronto. He made his NHL debut with the Maple Leafs in 2015-16 and played 10 games for the team.

ECHL

Justin Agosta: Defenseman for the Ice in 2009-10, where he played 36 games. After three years at New Hampshire and one at Quinnipiac, he is in his third year as a pro. He currently has 19 points in 24 games for the Manchester Monarchs. He has also played one game for the AHL’s San Antonio Rampage this season.

Shane Berschbach: Ice forward from 2008-10, where he had 10 points in the Ice’s Clark Cup run in 2009. He had 79 points in 108 games with the Ice. After a four-year career at Western Michigan where he had 117 career points from 2010-14, he has become one of the ECHL’s top scorers in three seasons with the Toledo Walleye. He has five goals and 19 assists in 24 games this year, and has 156 points in 153 career ECHL games.

Cody Bradley: Ice forward from 2010-12, where he had 28 points in 67 games. He played four years at Colorado College, tallying 74 career points. He is currently a rookie with the ECHL’s Norfolk Admirals, where he has one assist in 10 games.

Mike Embach: Ice forward for 18 games in 2006-07. He had a solid career at Ferris State from 2007-11, and is in his seventh full pro season. He has largely played in the ECHL, with 326 career ECHL contests. He has 110 goals and 141 assists in his ECHL career – including four goals and 11 assists with Fort Wayne this season. He is in his fourth year with the Komets, and has posted three straight 20-goal seasons. He also has played 14 career AHL games and a partial season in Sweden.

Alex Gacek: Forward who played for the Ice for seven games in 2010-11. He recently finished a four-year career at Miami University in 2016, where he had 46 points in four years. He is a rookie with the South Carolina Stingrays, with eight goals and 11 points in 17 games.

Christian Hilbrich: Ice forward from 2010-12, where he had 48 points in 118 games. He played four years at Cornell from 2012-16, where he had 48 points. He is currently a rookie with the Wheeling Nailers, with three goals and nine assists in 26 games. He tallied his first career pro goal in front of friends and his billet family at the Indiana Farmers Coliseum against the Fuel, in a game the Fuel eventually won.

Eric Kattelus: Scored 39 points for Ice in 2006-07. After four years at Michigan Tech, he joined the Cincinnati Cyclones in 2010-11. He is now in his seventh pro season, spent nearly entirely in the ECHL. He is in his sixth year with the Kalamazoo Wings, where he has 13 points in 25 games. He has 181 points in 264 career ECHL games, as well as 13 points in 45 career AHL games with the Chicago Wolves.

Alexander Kuqali: A three-year Ice player, he suited up in 102 games from 2009-12. After a four-year career at RIT where he had 48 points from the blue line, he is in his first full pro season with the ECHL’s Florida Everblades. He has four assists and is +6 in 20 games. He has seven points in 26 career ECHL games, all with Florida.

Nick Mattson: The USHL’s Defenseman of the Year in 2010-11, he had 55 points in 108 games with the Ice from 2009-11, and was a sixth-round Blackhawks pick in 2010. He had a solid four-year career at North Dakota, with 78 points from 2011-15. He signed with the Rockford IceHogs after finishing his college career, and has spent much of the past two seasons back in Indy with the Fuel. He has two goals and 24 assists in his ECHL career, spanning 75 games, and a goal and six assists in 17 AHL games with Rockford. This year, he has a goal and 10 assists in 27 games with the Fuel.

Ryan Obuchowski: Ice defenseman from 2010-12, where he had 54 points in 114 games, including 41 in 60 games in 2011-12. He played four years at Yale, with 52 career points. He currently has two goals and six assists in 25 games for the ECHL’s Missouri Mavericks as a rookie.

John Parker: Forward who had 24 points in 89 games for the Ice from 2008-10 and won a Clark Cup in 2009. He recently finished his college career at Bemidji State. He is currently a rookie with the South Carolina Stingrays, with five goals and seven assists in 25 games.

Adam Phillips: Defenseman for the Ice, where he had 12 points in 47 games in 2009-10. After four years at UMass-Amherst, he turned pr in 2014. He is currently in his third ECHL season, tallying a goal and four assists for the Norfolk Admirals in 16 games. He has 52 career ECHL points in 135 games with Stockton, Kalamazoo and Norfolk.

Peter Schneider: Austria native who came to Indiana to play for the Ice in 2010-11 – tallying 53 points in 55 games – and didn’t leave the state until this summer. He played four years at Notre Dame, and signed with the Indy Fuel in 2014-15. He played 74 games for the Fuel, tallying 45 points, and then was traded to Florida this past summer. He is now with the Kalamazoo Wings. He has four goals and six assists in 19 games this season.

Alex Wideman: Another former Ice player who has returned to Indy as a member of the Fuel. He played 115 games for the Ice from 2009-11, with 15 goals and 51 points. He played four years at Miami University from 2011-15, tallying 56 points. He is in his second full pro season, his first with the Fuel, where he is the team’s leading scorer with 12 goals and 10 assists in 27 games. He has played 85 ECHL games, with 27 goals and 34 assists. He also has played 11 games with the AHL’s Binghamton Senators, where he had a chance to play with his brother, Chris Wideman, who is now in the NHL with the Ottawa Senators.

SPHL

Will Aide: Forward for 53 games for the Ice in 2010-11, where he played an enforcer role who could also score. He is in his third full SPHL season with the Huntsville Havoc, where he has seven points in 30 games. He also has 128 PIM.

Dan Cesarz: Ice forward who played 40 games in 2010-11 and two more in 2011-12, tallying eight points. He signed with the SPHL’s Knoxville Ice Bears in 2015, and has 18 assists in 17 games for the team this season. He has nine goals and 26 assists in 42 career SPHL games.

Max Cook: Ice forward from 2008-10, he had 90 points in 117 games. He also had eight points in the team’s Clark Cup run in 2009. He played four years at Miami University, and is in his third full season in the SPHL. He has two points in nine games for the Fayetteville FireAntz this season. He has seven career goals and 24 points.

KHL

Nick Bailen: Ice blueliner from 2006-08 and again in 2009-10. He played 221 games in Indy before finishing his college career at RPI from 2010-13. He signed in Finland in 2013, then joined the KHL’s Dynamo Minsk in 2014. He has 21 goals, 55 assists and a +13 rating in three seasons with the Belorussian team. This season, he has nine points in 13 games. He is a teammate of former Fuel blueliner Kirill Gotovets in Minsk.

Kirill Lebedev: Left wing who had 17 points in 23 games for the Ice in 2011-12. He went back to Russia and played briefly in the KHL the next two seasons. Last year, he had 16 points in 24 games, and this year, he has two goals and seven assists in 38 games for Novokuznetsk Metallurg.

Mikhail Plotnikov. Forward who had 43 points in 61 games for the Ice in 2012-13. He began playing in the KHL the next season, and this year, has three goals and two assists in 26 games for Spartak Moscow. He has 36 career KHL points from 2013-17.

Daniil Tarasov: High-scoring right wing for the Ice from 2010-12, where he had 75 and 88-point seasons, scoring 84 goals and tallying 79 assists in 117 games. He went to the San Jose Sharks organization and after playing two years primarily in the AHL, he played five NHL games with the Sharks in 2014-15, tallying one assist. Since, he has been with Dynamo Moscow in the KHL, with five goals and two assists in 29 games this season, and nine goals and six assists in 66 career KHL games the last two years.

Europe

Alex Barron: Forward who played 87 games for the Ice from 2010-12 recently completed his four-year career at Quinnipiac, where he helped lead the Bobcats to the Frozen Four in 2016. He currently has 18 points in 26 games for Strasbourg in France.

Ben Blood: Fourth-round pick of the Ottawa Senators in 2007, he had 16 points in 46 games for the Ice in 2007-08. After a four-year career at North Dakota, he played three seasons in the Ottawa Senators organization before sighing with Wheeling in 2014-15. He is in his second season in Finland, where he has 15 points in 63 career games.

Mike Cichy: Big scorer who played a key role in the Ice’s 2009 Clark Cup championship. He had 47 points in 30 games for the Ice after  mid-season trade. He played four seasons at North Dakota and Western Michigan from 2009-14, and has been playing in Poland ever since. He has 42 points in 27 games for Orlik Opole this season, and 176 points in 102 career games over three seasons in Poland.

Kevin Goumas: 41-point scorer in 59 games for the Ice in 2009-10. He played four seasons at New Hampshire from 2010-14, tallying 146 career points. He is in his fourth pro season, with 24 points in 29 games for Mora IK in Sweden’s second division. He had played 132 AHL games and 16 ECHL games in the Flyers’ organization, with 34 AHL points for Adirondack/Lehigh Valley and 17 ECHL points for Reading.

Milan Gulas: One of the first-year Ice players, he had 22 points in 30 games for the team in 2004-05. He has played his entire pro career in Europe. In his 12th year, he has 19 points in 24 games for Farjestads in the Swedish Elite League. He has 127 points in four seasons in Sweden, playing 154 games. He also played two seasons for Magnitogorsk Metallurg in the KHL, with five points in 22 games, and had numerous 40 and 50-point seasons for Ceske Budejovice in the Czech Republic.

Lukas Klimek: Forward who had 24 points in 57 games for the Ice in 2005-06. He is in his 11th season in the Czech league, and his fourth with Sparta Praha. He has six points in 22 games. His best season was in 2014-15, when he had 22 goals and 30 points in 45 games.

Tibor Kutalek: Left wing who played three games for the Ice in their first season of 2004-05. He has played in Slovakia since turning pro in 2008, and has 18 points in 17 games for Nitra.

Lukas Laub: Forward who had eight points in 24 games for the Ice in 2012-13. He turned pro and played in Germany’s second division for two seasons, tallying 48 points in 71 games for Frankfurt. He has recently joined the Straubing Tigers in the Deutsche Elite League.

Stepan Novotny: Forward who had 11 points in 44 games for the Ice in 2007-08. He went to Major Junior thereafter, and then returned to Europe in 2011 when he turned pro and played a year in the KHL. He is currently in Slovakia, playing his second consecutive season with Zilina. He has two goals and three assists in six games.

Samu Perhonen: Ice goaltender for eight games in 2013-14. Since 2014, he has been playing in Finland, and this season, has a 1-7-2 mark and a 3.18 GAA with KooKoo Kouvola.

Garrett Roe: Ice forward from 2004-07, when he had 137 points and 298 penalty minutes in 155 games. He turned pro after four seasons at St. Cloud State where he had 178 points. He played two years in the AHL and is playing his fourth year in Europe, his second year in the Swedish Elite League with Linkopings. He has eight goals and 18 points in 26 games this season, and has been a consistent 40-point scorer as a pro.

Gregory Squires: Ice forward from 2006-08, when he had 102 points in 113 games – including a 24-goal, 70-point season in 2007-08. After a four-year career at Western Michigan, he turned pro in 2012 and played for Stockton. Since, he has been in Europe, and is currently in his second year in the Swedish Elite League with Orebro. He has eight goals and nine assists in 27 games this season.

T.J. Syner: Ice forward who had 35 points in 58 games in 2007-08. He played four years at UMass-Amherst, and then played four full pro seasons in North America in the AHL and ECHL, playing for Hershey, Reading and Utah. This season, he has headed to Europe, where he has four goals and 10 assists in 12 games for the Coventry Blaze in Britain.

Colin Vock: Ice forward who had nine points in 24 games in 2004-05. He played at Vermont from 2006-10, and has been a pro ever since. After three seasons in the ECHL, he headed to Europe in 2013. He is in his fourth season in Denmark, where he has seven goals and 16 points in 19 games for the Fredrikshavn White Hawks. He has 142 points in 138 games in Denmark.