Written by Chris Bowen
With the season only a matter of weeks away now, it’s time meet two players who will represent the Melbourne Ice for the first time this season.
The Melbourne Ice has added two new imports to their roster. Joining fellow imports Jason Baclig, Matt Armstrong and Mike Thorburn are Chris Frank and John Gordon.
Meet Chris Frank, an American born defender from Lynnwood, WA and John Gordon, a Canadian who hails from Keene, OT and also plays on the blue line.
The Ice announced its full squad for the upcoming 2013 season and the inclusion of the two import defenders with impressive resumes to show will add to an already strong squad looking to secure a fourth consecutive title.
Chris Frank brings a wealth of experience to the Ice playing in the AHL, ECHL and NCAA, three of the best leagues in North America outside of the NHL.
Frank, drafted in the 7th Round by the Phoenix Coyotes in the 2006 NHL Entry Draft is a tough customer that will bring solid play in his own zone with ability to contribute on the offensive side of things.
John Gordon is another blue liner that will bring plenty of experience to this Melbourne Ice team.
Gordon is a highly skilled offensive defenseman. Gordon has averaged more than a point a game over his career which has seen him play throughout Europe, with stints in the Netherlands, Serbia, Germany and England.
Add an appearance in the 2011/12 Netherlands All Star Game and being Dutch Champion during 2008/09 and 2010/11 to his resume and Canadian is quite impressive and should play a big part in the Ice’s championship pursuit.
You get the feeling that watching both Frank and Gordon in a Melbourne Ice jersey will be entertaining and fun to watch.