Ice Breakers Continue Active Offseason

by Jared Tennant

The Mentor Ice Breakers and head coach Sebastian Ragno are staying busy early in the 2020 offseason, inking a plethora of players to PTO contracts, including seven returning Ice Breakers.

Among the notable signees are GMHL forwards Roman Kulakov and Temirlan Skindirov. Kulakov is a 21-year-old Russian with 160 career points over 114 games in the league while Skindirov logged 81 points in only 33 games with the Tottenham Steam and Northumberland Stars. During the 2018-19 season, Skindirov was a 50-point scorer for the Seattle Totems (WSHL).

“I am looking forward to seeing what these players have to offer at our free agent camp,” said Ragno. “All have proven themselves at various levels and will have the opportunity to earn a spot with the team this upcoming season.”

Below is a full breakdown of players signed to PTO contracts this week:




Tyler Houmard

Mentor Ice Breakers (FPHL)

Cody Oakes

Port Huron Prowlers (FPHL)

Viktor Kastel

HC Giants (Suomi-sarja)

Roman Kulakov

Ville-Maria Pirates (GMHL)

Brendan MacKenzie

Mentor Ice Breakers (FPHL)

Richie Pinkowski

Mentor Ice Breakers (FPHL)

Temirlan Skindirov

Northumberland Stars (GMHL)

Austin Weber

Mentor Ice Breakers (FPHL)

Kodiak Whiteduck

Mentor Ice Breakers (FPHL)





Thomas Bell

IFK Ore (Division 3, Sweden)

Jacob Olivieri

Battle Creek Rumble Bees (FPHL)

Ned Simpson

University of Jamestown (ACHA)

Marc Steele

Mentor Ice Breakers (FPHL)




Kent Nusbaum

Mentor Ice Breakers (FPHL)

While these players are not guaranteed to make the opening night roster, each will be invited to free agent camp with the opportunity to receive an invite to main training camp in October.

Half of the 14 players signed have previously played for the Ice Breakers, including Richie Pinkowski, who has been with the club since the inaugural game against the Watertown Wolves in October 2018. Forwards Brendan MacKenzie, Tyler Houmard, Austin Weber and Kodiak Whiteduck all suited up for Mentor down the stretch this past season while Marc Steele anchored the Ice Breakers' defense after being acquired from the Battle Creek Rumble Bees on February 11.

Last month, the Ice Breakers tabbed goaltender Jacob Mullen and defenseman William Sandstrom to standard player contracts. Both are expected to play key roles moving forward.

The Ice Breakers are set to return for their third season of play this October. To be notified when season ticket details for the upcoming year are released, click here.