Deazeley Returns for Home Opener on Celebrity Contract

By Jared Tennant

PHOTO: Dee Hannum

After logging his first professional goal in 20 years last April, Toledo Hockey Hall of Famer Mark Deazeley will re-join the Ice Breakers on a celebrity contract this Saturday night for the team's home opener against the Battle Creek Rumble Bees. Deazeley, nicknamed "The Diesel" for his imposing size, contributed a goal and an assist over five appearances with Mentor last season. 

Deazeley, 47,  began his playing career with the Toledo Storm in the ECHL following three seasons with the OHL's Oshawa Generals. His professional career spanned eight years from 1992-2000 and included a 26-game stint with the Springfield Falcons (AHL). Deazeley, a former teammate of Ice Breakers Head Coach Iain Duncan with the Storm, totaled 254 points (139-115-254) over 325 career ECHL games, 215 of them with Toledo.

The Toronto native claimed back-to-back Riley Cups with the Storm in 1993 and 1994. During the club's '93 title run, Deazeley netted the championship-winning goal in overtime in Game 6 after receiving a pass from Duncan.

Tickets start at just $13 for the Ice Breakers' home opener against the Battle Creek Rumble Bees on Saturday, November 9 at 6:30 p.m. Fans can purchase tickets at the box office prior to the game or by calling (440) 290-8502.