John LeClair joined The John Kincade Show to promote the 3ICE Patrick Cup at the Wells Fargo Center on Saturday, August 12.
The Philadelphia Flyers legend talked about the exciting new hockey league, his new role as Special Advisor to Hockey Operations, and the excitement surrounding Matvei Michkov.
The Flyers acquired LeClair with Eric Desjardins and Gilbert Dionne from the Montreal Canadiens in 1995 in one of the best trades in franchise history.
He scored 333 of his 406 career goals with Philadelphia, and he is one of 19 players in NHL history to score 40 or more goals in at least five straight seasons. Fans remember him most as the perfect goal-scoring compliment for Eric Lindros during the “Legion of Doom” era.
The Vermont native won the Stanley Cup with the Canadiens in 1993. He also played for Team USA in international competitions throughout his career. His hardware included a gold medal at the 1996 World Cup of Hockey and a silver medal at the Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City in 2002.
Leclair will play a key role in the development of prospects looking to become part of the team’s future. He explained the organization’s plan to communicate with Michkov while he plays in the KHL in Russia for the next three seasons.
3ICE at the Wells Fargo Center
3ICE takes the most exciting part of an NHL regular-season game and turns it into the basis for a league. The open ice creates a wide-open style of offensive hockey.
“It’s going to be great entertainment. I think if you come down and see it, it’s 3ICE. It’s the 3-on-3 that everybody watches in overtime that people love. We’ve added a bunch of different rules to keep the pace going. It’s not as slow as the NHL (overtime with) three on ice. We’ve added some things in there to keep the pace up and to keep the goal scoring up.” -LeClair
Current 3ICE coach John LeClair joked that he wouldn’t have been able to keep up with the pace of 3-on-3 during his NHL career.
“This is a very skilled, speed league. We have some guys that can do things with the puck, all that stuff you guys see on YouTube, the trick pucks and goals and stuff. They’re doing that at full speed in the game at 3-on-3.” -LeClair
The Patrick Cup Championship will feature four teams in the semifinal round, a consolation game, and the 2023 final. Big name coaches lead the four teams into the Wells Fargo Center. Four-time Stanley Cup champion Larry Murphy, legendary defenseman Raymond Bourque, former NHL goaltender and head coach Ed Johnston, and 1980 Team USA assistant coach Craig Patrick will all be behind the bench on Saturday.
LeClair, Grant Fuhr, Guy Carbonneau, and Joey Mullen also coached 3ICE teams in 2023.
Tickets for the 3ICE championship round on Saturday, August 12 are available now for as low as $10.