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Chris Grando Signs Pro Contract with Jacksonville

Chris Grando Signs Pro Contract with Jacksonville

TEMPE — Sun Devil Ice Hockey veteran Chris Grando signed with the Jacksonville Icemen, an ECHL team affiliated with the New York Rangers, the Icemen announced on Monday.

Grando is anticipated to be in the lineup for Jacksonville’s game against the South Carolina Stingrays on Wednesday, March 15.

Finishing his last three years of NCAA eligibility as a Sun Devil, Grando contributed 17 goals, 22 assists, and 92 games in the Maroon and Gold. The Boston College transfer leads the 2022-23 team in most games played over his entire NCAA career at 166 (92 ASU, 74 BC). 

During his first season as a Sun Devil in 2020-21, he finished the season tied for third in points (6G, 8A), including three multi-point games throughout the season. During his redshirt senior season, Grando competed in 30 games and led the senior class with six goals, including the game-winning goal against then-No. 11 Northeastern. Throughout Grando’s final year in Tempe, he played a record 37 games and scored his first short-handed goal of the season against then-No. 17 Minnesota State.

Grando’s signing follows the six players who signed professional contracts from the 2021-22 season. Last year’s captain Colin Theisen went to the Tucson Roadrunners, defenseman Jacob Wilson went to the Providence Bruins, forward Johnny Walker went to the Utah Grizzlies, defenseman Tim Theocharidis went to the Adirondack Thunder, and forwards Jack Becker and Willie Knierim went to the Idaho Steelheads.

The Jacksonville Icemen are based on the Northeast coast of the Sunshine State. They currently boast a record of 36-17-2, ranking them second in the ECHL Eastern Conference. 

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