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Ex-Gremlin, Lion, Hannon signs with IceFighters

Finlandia University’s Connor Hannon is shown in action against UW-Stout on Dec. 14, 2018, in Hancock, Mich. (Courtesy Photo/Finlandia University)

Connor Hannon, a 2014 Houghton High School graduate and Finlandia University alum, signed a one-year contract with the IceFighters Leipzig on Monday.

Hannon, who moved to Germany in late September, confirmed the deal via text.

The IceFighters are based in Leipzig, Germany, and play in the Oberliga, the country’s third tier of professional hockey. The IceFighters finished in fifth place out of 12 teams last year in the Oberliga North division with a 22-16-3 record.

Hannon played three years at Finlandia, serving as an alternate captain and captain in the last two seasons. He scored 17 goals and 19 assists in 55 games for the Lions.

During Hannon’s final year at Finlandia, he also served as an assistant coach at Houghton as the Gremlins finished with a 17-9 record.

Hannon’s signing comes nearly three months after his friend and former Houghton teammate Ray Brice signed with the ECHL’s Kalamazoo Wings.

Hannon’s deal also comes after a tumultuous summer disrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Hannon spent the summer traveling to and from Eagle River, Wisconsin, for hockey workouts and ice time, joined by Brice and others. Hannon also patrolled the outfield during the summer for the Stanton Wildcats, batting leadoff and hitting .370/.471/.370 (average/on-base/slugging) with 12 stolen bases in 10 games.

The IceFighters are scheduled to play the TeCart Black Dragons on Nov. 6.

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