On Wednesday, 3ICE CEO E.J. Johnston and Commissioner Craig Patrick announced the star-studded cast of the new three-on-three ice hockey league's eight head coaches. The head coaches are Guy Carbonneau, Grant Fuhr, Ed Johnston, John LeClair, Joe Mullen, Larry Murphy, Angela Ruggiero and Bryan Trottier. That group includes a whopping six members of the Hockey Hall of Fame.
The league will take place over nine weekends throughout the United States and Canada during the summer of 2021. Each team will consist of seven players, which is broken down to six skaters and one goalie. Every season will feature 60 total games over nine different tour stops and there will be a league championship at the conclusion of the season.
Between the coaches, there are 8,000 games played, 29 NHL All-Star Game appearances, 28 Stanley Cups and five Olympic medals. These coaches won't represent specific cities, but will visit each tour stop each weekend. There will be a bracket-style format each weekend and a champion will be crowned each time.
Carbonneau was recently inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame after winning three Stanley Cups with the Montreal Canadiens. The star center registered 663 points (260 goals & 403 assists) in 18 NHL seasons.
LeClair became the first American-born player to score 50 goals in three consecutive NHL seasons while he was with the Philadelphia Flyers. He was also a member of Philly's infamous "Legion of Doom" line with Eric Lindros and Mikael Renberg.
Fuhr won five Stanley Cups during his Hall of Fame career and also made six NHL All-Star Game appearances. The former Edmonton Oilers netminder holds records for the most assists and points by a goaltender (61) and the longest undefeated streak by a contender in his first NHL season (23 games).
Trottier won six Stanley Cups during his playing career with four coming with the New York Islanders and two with the Pittsburgh Penguins. Trottier only missed the postseason on one occasion during his 18-year NHL career. The star center also registered 1,425 points (524 goals & 901 assists) while adding another Stanley Cup as an assistant coach with the Colorado Avalanche.