IceHogs stay busy with Chicago Pro Hockey League

CHICAGO (WIFR) Some pros may just want to relax during the offseason and lay on a secluded beach somewhere, but that is not the case for a few IceHogs.

The Chicago Pro Hockey League debuted this month and a few Rockford skaters are getting in some playing time.

Anthony Louis is just one of the many current and former Hogs to take the ice in Chicago.

Players like Brandon Saad, Nick Schmaltz and Vinnie Hinostroza are taking part in the 4-on-4 league, which runs through mid August.

Louis is coming off of a standout rookie season at the BMO, netting 14 goals and 30 assists while leading the roster in points.

The Winfield, Illinois native says it's a fun form of summer workout and it's nice to have it so close to home.

"You can't complain about the ice time," said Louis. "4-on-4 is fun. It helps having a little game, competition throughout the summer so it's been good. Being from around here definitely helps. It's only an hour drive for me so it's fun to get out here and play with all of these guys that you really didn't know that were out here. There are leagues like it in other states so it's good that we finally got one here and we could finally play in it so it's awesome."