Honors Pile up for IceMen Throughout Clark Cup Run
INDIANAPOLIS - Indiana Ice defensemen Joshua Jacobs and Ryan Mantha have earned additional time to make their case for the 2014 NHL Draft as the pair was invited to the annual NHL Central Scouting Combine being held May 26-31 in Toronto, ON.
The combine is an accelerated combination of medical, mental and physical tests conducted by the NHL and member clubs in preparation for the annual NHL Draft. 119 draft-eligible players from all across the globe will be participating in the testing series. Over the past decade, an average of 78 players who attended the combine were selected in the top 100 picks of that year's draft.
16 of the 119 invites were sent to USHL players with Indy and Team USA (10 invites) being the only teams with multiple players selected for the event.
Jacobs continued to impress in his second year as the Michigan State commit finished second among league defensemen with a +36 plus-minus rating while adding 23 points (5G, 18A) in 56 games this season. Earlier in the campaign, he participated in several select and international tournament teams including the CCM All-American Prospects game and winning gold with Team USA at the World Jr. A Challenge.
The Shelby Township, MI native finished the regular season on the NHL Central Scouting Final ranked 43rd among North American skaters.
Mantha's 6-4, 225 lbs. frame added size and physicality after being acquired in a trade from the Sioux City Musketeers in late January. Through 24 regular-season games with Indy, the University of North Dakota commit has recorded nine points (2G, 7A) and a +11 plus-minus rating. During his time in Sioux City, he was also a member of the CCM All-American Prospects game and a member of Team USA for the World Junior A Challenge.
Hailing from Clarkston, MI, Mantha moved up to the 149th spot on the NHL Central Scouting Final Rankings for North American Skaters.
Jacobs, Mantha and the Indiana Ice look to clinch a second Clark Cup Championship as the team hosts the Waterloo Black Hawks on tonight from Pan Am Pavilion at 7:05 pm. Indy currently holds a 2-1 series lead and can clinch the championship with a win.
Tickets for the Clark Cup playoffs, presented by Ivy Tech, remain the same at $15 for reserved seating and $10 for standing room only and can be purchased on Ticketmaster or through the Indiana Ice office at (317) 925-4423. For all the latest Ice information, please visit www.indianaice.com or follow us on Facebook and Twitter.
The Indiana Ice is a member of the United States Hockey League, America's only Tier One League.
CLARK CUP CHAMPIONSHIP ICE LEAD 2-1
Indiana at Waterloo Friday, May 9 L, 4-2
Indiana at Waterloo Saturday, May 10 OTW, 3-2
Waterloo at Indiana Friday, May 16 W, 4-1
Waterloo at Indiana Saturday, May 17 7:05 pm
Indiana at Waterloo* Tuesday, May 20 8:05 pm
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