With the 60 NCAA teams down to the Frozen Four, several familiar faces are beginning to matriculate into the professional ranks, including one who has returned to Indy.
Woody Hudson, who captained the Indiana Ice in 2012-13 and played two seasons for the team, signed with the Indy Fuel a week ago and has two assists in five games while playing right wing on the team’s top scoring line. Hudson is one of several former Ice players to sign with professional teams after their college careers ended, a number that has grown with two players signing NHL contracts the last two days.
Among the signees
- Matt Roy signed a two-year contract with the Los Angeles Kings after finishing his career at Michigan Tech over the weekend. Roy played 34 games for the Ice between 2012-14, and had six points in the Clark Cup run in 2014. The defenseman was a seventh-round pick of the Kings in 2015. He had 12 goals and 34 assists in 79 games the last two seasons, and is leaving college a year early.
- Vince Pedrie signed a free agent deal with the New York Rangers on Monday evening. The defenseman had 30 points in 39 games in leading Penn State to a Big Ten title and a win in the NCAA tournament this season, and was a first-team All-Big Ten performer. He had 52 points in 71 college games over two seasons at PSU. He played from 2012-14 with the Ice, tallying 29 points in 81 games.
- Drew Smolcynski signed with the ECHL’s Florida Everblades. He was Hudson’s teammate at St. Lawrence, where he had 12 points in 34 games this season. He played from 2011-13 with the Ice.
- Brian Morgan was signed by the ECHL’s Adirondack Thunder, although he has yet to appear in a game. Morgan played three seasons at Maine before playing this season at UConn. He had 14 points in 36 games for the Huskies. He had 16 goals in 39 games for the Ice in 2012-13.
- Sam Kurker signed with the AHL’s Albany Devils. He joined the Ice in 2013-14 and was a key piece in the Clark Cup title. He had six points for Northeastern this season. He has played two games in Albany.
- Mitch Hults and Austin Ortega signed with the AHL’s San Diego Gulls the same day. Hults was a critical part of the Clark Cup run in 2014, scoring five playoff goals. He had 10 goals in 64 games for the Ice from 2012-14, and played two seasons at Lake Superior State before turning pro. He had 34 points in 36 games for LSSU this year. Ortega had 20 goals and 47 points for Nebraska-Omaha this season. He scored 24 goals in 44 games for the Ice in 2012-13.
In addition, former Ice player Blake Coleman scored his first NHL goal with the New Jersey Devils on Sunday.
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