3ICE to Kick Off a Second Season on July 5 at GIANT Center
Tickets go on sale Friday, March 17, at 10 a.m.
3ICE, the exhilarating, fast-paced, family-affordable, three-on-three professional North American ice hockey league, today announced an expansion to eight teams and will begin its second season at GIANT Center in Hershey, Pa., on Wednesday, July 5, 2023.
Featuring the Best Part of Hockey: Overtime All-the-Time, 3ICE features a three-on-three, bracket-style, single-elimination series of games in seven cities across North America, including Hershey, on consecutive Wednesdays from June 28 through August 2.
Each stop on the 3ICE tour features four of the eight league teams, comprised of professional ice hockey players competing in three-on-three a la the NHL’s overtime format for two eight-minute periods with a running clock. The single-elimination format includes two first-round games, a consolation match, and a title game for a total of four games each night. 3ICE is uniquely designed to give hockey fans the ability to watch the speed, skill and excitement they’ve grown to love since the three-on-three overtime concept was introduced in 2015.
“We offer family affordable, entertaining hockey featuring professional hockey players from literally every top league in the world competing in a format featuring the most exciting part of the sport – three-on-three,” said EJ Johnston, founder of 3ICE. “In addition to the high-paced, non-stop, end-to-end action, we have some new and exciting fan-engaging experiences planned in each city, and we look forward to bringing 3ICE to Hershey, Boston, Nashville, Philadelphia, Newark, Boston, and Grand Rapids this summer.”
Each team is coached by a former NHL All-Star Stanley Cup Champion or Hockey Hall of Fame member, including returning coaches John LeClair, Guy Carbonneau, Grant Fuhr, Joe Mullen, and Larry Murphy, with the exciting addition of Hall of Famers Ray Bourque, Ed Johnston, Sr., and Craig Patrick. The league will announce individual rosters on Tuesday, March 21, 2023.
All 3ICE Wednesday evening events will air live on CBS Sports Network, beginning at 7 p.m. EST, and the Saturday, August 12 matinee will also air on CBS.
GIANT Center hosts an impressive line-up of star-studded performances including concerts, professional ice shows and family events. It also serves as home to the Hershey Bears Hockey Club and various PIAA high school state championship events.