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IceMen add four European players


Evansville, Ind, – The Evansville IceMen and Head Coach Al Sims have announced the addition of four European players to the team’s roster, including Jonathan Carlsson and Sebastian Strandberg from Sweden, Benjamin Dieude-Fauvel from France, and Radoslav Illo from Slovakia.

Carlsson comes to Evansville from the Allsvenskan Swedish Professional League, where he logged six points (3g-3a) in 44 games for Södertälje in 2014-15. The 27-year-old from Uppsala, Sweden has played the past five seasons in his home country, since last appearing in the ECHL in 2009-10, when he logged ten points (4g-6a) in 27 games for the Toledo Walleye. The defenseman was selected in the sixth round (162nd overall) by the Chicago Blackhawks in the 2008 NHL Entry Draft, and skated in 19 games for the AHL’s Rockford IceHogs in 2009-10.

Strandberg competed in the same Swedish Professional League as Carlsson last season, where he appeared in 24 games for the Malmö Redhawks. The 23-year-old forward tallied five points (2g-3a) for Malmö after starting the season with HV71 in the Swedish Hockey League, where he had played since 2010-11. The 2015-16 season in Evansville will be the 23-year-old’s first in North America.

Dieude-Fauvel joins the IceMen after spending the 2014-15 season split between the Quad City Mallards and the AHL’s Iowa Wild. The 29-year-old has been playing professional hockey in the United States since 2009-10, when he skated for the Laredo Bucks of the Central Hockey League. Dieude-Fauvel played two seasons in Laredo before joining the Elmira Jackals, where he played for two years. The defenseman picked up nine points (4g-5a) in 31 games with the Mallards, while tallying one assist in 20 games for Iowa last season.

Illo returns to North America after one year playing professionally in his home country of Slovakia, where he had 13 points (5g-8a) in 37 games for MHC Martin in the Slovak Extraliga. The native of Povazska Bystrica, Slovakia is no stranger to hockey in the United States, where he played junior, collegiate and professional hockey for six years. Illo spent two seasons with the USHL’s Tri-City Storm, before joining Bemidji State University, where he skated in 135 NCAA games for the Beavers. After his senior season in 2013-14, Illo appeared in three games with the AHL’s Norfolk Admirals. The 25-year-old was a fifth-round selection (136th overall) of the Anaheim Ducks in the 2009 NHL Entry Draft.