Pregame Skate Summer Update
Plus info about 3ICE, a new 3-on-3 professional hockey league.
In case you were wondering why Pregame Skate has been quiet this summer, it’s partially due to the fact that our Editor Parker Milner has been a little busy …
That is a photo of Parker playing in 3ICE, a new 3-on-3 professional hockey league that debuted this year. The 6-team league has spent the last seven weekends playing games in Las Vegas, Denver, Grand Rapids, Hershey, London (Ontario), Pittsburgh and Quebec City.
Parker is a member of Team Blue (Trottier), and he is one of four finalists for Goaltender of the Year.
You will likely recognize the league’s Hall of Fame coaches (Grant Fuhr, Joey Mullen, Brian Trottier, Larry Murphy, Guy Carbonneau and John LeClair) and commissioner Craig Patrick, who served as the assistant coach of the 1980 “Miracle on Ice” Olympic Gold Medal winning hockey team. Several former NHLers are playing in 3ICE’s inaugural season, including Ryan Malone, Joe Whitney, Bobby Farnham, Jeff Taffe and Chris Mueller.
Each tour stop has six games: three games in the opening round, two semi-finals, and a championship game — all of this is televised on CBS Sports and takes place in about three hours. The final regular season game will take place on Saturday, Aug. 6, with the top four teams moving on to the league’s final in Las Vegas on Aug. 20.
The league utilizes the 3-on-3 overtime format as its full-time format; three skaters plus a goalie for each team. Games consist of two 8-minute halves with a running clock. There are no face-offs in 3ICE — once a goalie covers the puck, the play is paused and the goalie resets play.
Oh, and there are penalty shots instead of powerplays, and you can play the puck when it returns to the ice after hitting the netting above the glass.
It’s fast, exciting to watch, and there are a lot of goals.
We are currently working on some exciting new updates for Pregame Skate heading into the next NHL season, and in the meantime, we have paused all billing for Pregame Skate.
While we work on that, you can tune into CBS Sports at 4:30 p.m. EST Aug. 6 and CBS at 1 p.m. EST Aug. 20 to cheer on Parker and Team Trottier.