Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Kazuik on Camp Audio

Director of Scouting Garnet Kazuik on the 2011 training camp.

ICE Prospects

At ICE camp today the prospects had 2 scrimmages.
All the veterans and propects will now be split into 3 teams and take part in practices and scrimmages over the next 3 days.

Thursday, September 1
Team Blue Practice 9:15 am - 10:30 am
Team White vs. Team Black 11:00 am – 1:00 pm
Team White Practice 5:00 pm - 6:15 pm
Team Blue vs. Team Black 6:45 pm – 8:45 pm

Friday, September 2
Team Black 9:00 am - 10:15 am
Team Blue vs. Team White 10:45 am – 12:45 pm
Goaltenders Specialty Session 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Team Black vs. Team Blue 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Saturday, September 3
Team White vs. Team Black 9:00 am – 11:00 am
Team Blue vs. Team White 2:30 pm – 4:30 pm

Sunday, September 4
United Way Intrasquad Game 12:00 pm – 2:30 pm

ICE Training Camp Roster

The ICE website has posted the 61 players at their training camp.
Here is the breakdown by position and ages.
The ICE have split the players into 3 teams and rosters are available at their scrimmages which start tomorrow.

Goalies (6)
15 – Bronson Ammeter, Jayden Sittler,
16 – Wyatt Hoflin,
17 – Mackenzie Skapski
18 – Brett Teskey,
19 –
20 – Nathan Lieuwen,

Defensemen (22)
15 – Jack Thomas, Carter Forsyth, Matt Murray, Jordan Steenbergen, Jake Dube, Joseph Leonidas,
16 – Garrett Johnston, Spencer Wand, Kyle Krabben, Tanner Faith,
17 – Garick Gray, Jeff Hubic, Mike Simpson,
18 – Jagger Dirk, Jared Wilson, Dylan Schellenberg, Timo Antilla,
19 – Luke Paulsen, John Niebrandt, Joey Leach, Nate Engart,
20 - James Martin,

Forwards (33)
15 – Ryler Rissling, Colin Shirley, Austin Adamson, Braden Jakubowski, Kyle O’Connor, Jackson Waniek, Carter Sawicki, Zachary Zborosky,
16 – Sam Reinhart, Ian Williams, Jaedon Descheneau, Jared Virtanen, Riley Derlago, Luke Philp, Jakson Elynuik, Douglas Murray, Jesse Wood-Schatz, Jonathan Martin, Paul Soubry,
17 – Lucas Oliver, Justin Derlago, Levi Cable, Jared Iron, Kurt Johnas,
18 – Brendan Hurley, Adam Rossignol, Eric Benoit,
19 – Max Reinhart, Dylen McKinlay, Drew Czerwonka, Elgin Pearce,
20 - Jesse Ismond, Joe Antilla,

From the ICE Office

Cranbrook, BC – Jeff Chynoweth, General Manager of the Kootenay ICE Hockey Club, today announced eight players will be attending National Hockey League Training Camps.
Defenseman Brayden McNabb and Goaltender Nathan Liuewen will be attending the Buffalo Sabres Camp and Drew Czerwonka will be participating in the Edmonton Oilers Camp. Meanwhile, Cody Eakin will be attending Washington Capitals Camp and Max Reinhart and Joey Leach will be attending the Calgary Flames Camp. In addition, James Martin (Calgary) and Joe Antilla (San Jose) have each been invited to attend NHL Training Camps in September.
“It is very rewarding for any player to attend an NHL Training Camp. It will be a great learning experience for these eight players which will hopefully carry into the upcoming season”, added Chynoweth.

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

From The ICE Office

Cranbrook, BC – The Kootenay ICE Hockey Club will open their 2011 Western Hockey League Training Camp Wednesday, August 31 at 9:15 am. This year’s Training Camp will once again combine rookie-aged players (players born in 1996), with veteran players (players born in 1991 to 1995). All ice sessions will take place at the Cranbrook Rec Plex.
“Training Camp is an exciting start to the season. The camp provides the opportunity for our coaches and scouting staff to see and evaluate our recently drafted players, while monitoring the progress of our veteran and list players. With a smaller number of athletes attending camp, we expect the competition level to be very high,” commented Director of Scouting Garnet Kazuik.
A total of 61 are expected to participate in Training Camp, including 16 returning players from last year's Championship team. All Training Camp sessions will be open to the public.

2011 Kootenay ICE Training Camp Schedule

Wednesday, August 31
Prospect Session 9:15 am – 10:30 am
Veterans Practice 10:45 am – 12:00 pm
Goalies Session 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Prospect Session 3:30 pm – 5:30 pm

Thursday, September 1
Team Blue Practice 9:15 am - 10:30 am
Team White vs. Team Black 11:00 am – 1:00 pm
Team White Practice 5:00 pm - 6:15 pm
Team Blue vs. Team Black 6:45 pm – 8:45 pm

Friday, September 2
Team Black 9:00 am - 10:15 am
Team Blue vs. Team White 10:45 am – 12:45 pm
Goaltenders Specialty Session 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Team Black vs. Team Blue 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Saturday, September 3
Team White vs. Team Black 9:00 am – 11:00 am
Team Blue vs. Team White 2:30 pm – 4:30 pm

Sunday, September 4
United Way Intrasquad Game 12:00 pm – 2:30 pm

Monday, August 29, 2011

ICE Training Camp

ICE Training camp officially starts on Wednesday but the veterans will have a few on-ice sessions and their fitness testing over the next couple of days.

It’s going to be quite a battle in goaltending as the club has 3 netminders with WHL experience.
WHL Playoff MVP Nathan Lieuwen is 20-years-old and a draft pick of the Buffalo Sabres.
The Sabres could keep him in their minor league system.
Lieuwen had hernia surgery after the playoffs and is now completely healthy.
18-year-old Brett Teskey played in 18 games last year and had 9 wins and 2 shutouts.
17-year-old Mackenzie Skapski played in 3 games last year and has shown he is ready to be in the WHL.
16-year-old Wyatt Hoflin was a 2nd round pick in 2010 and the club was really happy with his progress last season.
If Lieuwen returns it’s a battle to see who is the back-up.
If he doesn’t the ICE will have 2 goalies under the age of 19 and would be the youngest in the WHL.

The club has 5 returning defensemen as they lose Captain Brayden McNabb and the traded Hayden Rintoul.
20-year-old defenseman James Martin has been rewarded for a strong season with an invite to the Calgary Flames camp.
19-year-old Joey Leach, a Flames draft pick will have an expanded role this season.
19-year-old Luke Paulsen will be in his 3rd season with ICE.
19-year-old John Niebrandt played forward and defense last year.
18-year-old Jagger Dirk will be looked upon to help with some offence from the blueline.
3 prospects played for the club in call-ups last year including 17-year-old Mike Simpson who appeared in 4 games, 17-year-old Jeff Hubic played in 3 games and 16-year-old Tanner Faith suited up for 4 games.
Because of an injury 18-year-old Dylan Schellenberg didn’t attend last years camp but should get a long look this year.

Last year the ICE had 2 forward spots available, this year with the departures of Fraser, King, Boomer, Eakin and possibly Joe Antilla or Jesse Ismond to the overage situation, the club could have up to 5 new forwards.
The returnees include 19-year-olds Drew Czerwonka, Max Reinhart, Elgin Pearce, Brock Montgomery had hernia surgery and is out until October and the newly acquired Dylan McKinlay.
18-year-olds Brendan Hurley, Adam Rossignol and Eric Benoit will have a chance to play on the 2nd and 3rd lines.
16-year-old Sam Reinhart is a given to make the club.
Prospects that are expected to challenge for a spot include 17-year-olds Levi Cable who played in 4 games last year, Jared Iron, Kurt Johnas and 16-year-olds Jaedon Descheneau, Jonathan Martin and Luke Philp.

Blue-White Game

Cranbrook, BC – Jeff Chynoweth, General Manager of the Kootenay ICE Hockey Club, today announced all proceeds from the 13th annual Blue-White Intrasquad Game will once again be donated to the Cranbrook and Kimberley United Way.
The Blue-White game will be played at the Cranbrook Rec Plex on Sunday, September 4 at 12:00 pm. The game will feature players who are competing to earn a spot on the 2011-2012 roster along with top draft choices.
“We are continuing with the tradition of partnering with charitable organizations within our community. Over the past 12 years almost $26,000.00 has been raised for the Cranbrook United Way through this event,” said Chynoweth.
The cost to attend the Blue-White game will be a minimum donation to the Cranbrook and Kimberley United Way of $5.00 per person.

Sunday, August 28, 2011

WHL Trade

Regina acquired Campbell Elynuik from Everett for a sixth-round pick in the 2012 bantam draft.

ICE prospect Jakson Elynuik is Campbell's younger brother. He is a 16-year-old forward and was selected in the 7th round of the 2010 Bantam Draft.

Saturday, August 27, 2011

ICE Rings

My camera doesn't do justice as to how beautiful the ICE Championship ring is, but here is a pic so you know what it looks like.
This is just the top of the ring, as both sides have special designs.

This years ring is white gold as compared to the 2002 Memorial Cup ring.

ICE Golf Wrap-up

The Kootenay ICE held their golf tournament yesterday at the Cranbrook Golf course.
The team led by Director of Scouting Garnet Kazuik finished in 1st place. The highlight of the evening was GM Jeff Chynoweth handing out the WHL Championship rings to the players and staff.
More money was raised with the auction which included jersey's of Cody Eakin and Brayden McNabb, plus some Memorial Cup items.
The event was a fundraiser for the Education Fund.
The clubs training camp starts on Wednesday.

Friday, August 26, 2011

ICE Golf

Special day today as the Kootenay ICE hold their Golf Tournament.
It's the biggest fundraiser of the year for the ICE Education Fund.
It's been held every year since the club moved to Cranbrook except 2 years ago when they skipped a year.
A couple of the players who will be using the Fund this year and will be on the course today are Steve DaSilva and Eric Frere.
Later tonight the event will include a silent auction and a live auction with some great items up for bid.

Thursday, August 25, 2011

ICE Extend Contracts

Cranbrook, BC -- Jeff Chynoweth, General Manager of the Kootenay ICE Hockey Club, today announced the Club has picked up the option year on the contracts for Director of Scouting Garnet Kazuik, Head Coach Kris Knoblauch and Assistant Coaches Todd Johnson and Jerry Bancks through the 2012-2013 season.
“We are very happy that each of these individuals will remain with our Hockey Club for the next two years. The success we have maintained over the past 13 years both on and off the ice can partially be attributed to having good people in key positions. Stability and continuity is the key to any successful organization and these four gentlemen are a big part of what we are all trying to achieve”, continued Chynoweth.
Garnet Kazuik is finishing up his fourth season as Director of Scouting for the ICE. He also spent two years (2005 – 2007) as an Alberta Scout for the Club. Garnet played in the Western Hockey League with the Brandon Wheat Kings, Moose Jaw Warriors and Regina Pats (1984-1987).
Kris Knoblauch came on board with the Club as Assistant Coach in August of 2007 and became the fifth Head Coach in franchise history last season. In his rookie season, Kris led the ICE to their third WHL Championship in 11 years posting a 16-3 record in the playoffs. He played three seasons in the Western Hockey League and was a member of both the Edmonton (1997-1998) and Kootenay ICE (1988-1999). He also played with the Red Deer Rebels (1996-1997) and Lethbridge Hurricanes (1998-1999) before playing five years with the University of Alberta Golden Bears while obtaining his Bachelor of Education degree.
Todd Johnson joined the organization last August. He played three seasons in the WHL with the Moose Jaw Warriors (1990-1991), Kamloops Blazers (1991-1992) and Red Deer Rebels (1992-1993). Todd played five years at the University of Calgary (1993-1998) and obtained a Bachelor of Education degree.
Jerry Bancks has been with the organization since August 2010. He has been involved with hockey in Kimberley for a number of years, including two different stints as Assistant Coach with the Kimberley Dynamiters. Jerry played two years in the Western Canada Hockey League with the Lethbridge Broncos and Calgary Centennials (1974-1976). He also achieved a Bachelor of Physical Education and Bachelorof Education degrees at the University of Calgary.

ICE Golf

The Kootenay ICE golf tournament is set to go for tomorrow.
It'll be an extra special evening as the players will receive their Championship Rings at the dinner.
All of the players from last years WHL Championship roster will be in attendance except for Kevin King, Steele Boomer and the traded Hayden Rintoul.
Former Captains Steve DaSilva, Colin Sinclair and Adam Cracknell are also attending.
The event is a fundraiser for the ICE Education Fund.

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

ICE New Trainer

Cranbrook, BC -- Jeff Chynoweth, General Manager of the Kootenay ICE Hockey Club, today announced the Club has hired Cory Cameron as their new Athletic Therapist.

“It is not easy finding a qualified and experienced Athletic Therapist, but we feel Cory will be a welcome addition to our staff. He comes highly recommended to our organization and will be a important fixture between the Coaching Staff and the players,” continued Chynoweth.

A native of Revelstoke, BC, Cory joins the ICE after spending six years working as a Rehabilitation Consultant with Crash Conditioning in Calgary. He has worked previously in the WHL with the Vancouver Giants as Head Athletic Trainer (2006-2009) and as an Assistant Trainer with the Calgary Hitmen (2004-2006).

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

WHL Training Camp Dates

Westman Place

Don Hartman Sportsplex

Jubilee Rec Centre (Ft. Sask., AB)

Everett Events Center

Interior Savings Centre

Prospera Place

Cranbrook Rec Plex

Adams Ice Centre (Lethbridge, AB)

Medicine Hat
Medicine Hat Arena

Moose Jaw
Moose Jaw Downtown Events Centre

Winterhawks Skating Centre

Prince Albert
Art Hauser Centre

Prince George
CN Centre

Red Deer
ENMAX Centrium

Cooperators-Evraz Place

Martensville, SK

ShoWare Centre

Spokane Arena

Swift Current
Credit Union i-plex

Toyota Centre

Ladner Leisure Centre

Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre

Monday, August 22, 2011

10 Things I Think I Think

1. I think Sunny and +28 for Friday makes it's a perfect day for the ICE Golf Tournament. It's a big fundraiser for the Scholarship Fund.

2. I think it's hard to believe the WHL regular season starts 1 month from today as on Thursday September 22nd Moose Jaw will open their new building against Brandon.

3. I think I'd like to see you at the ICE training camp which starts next week at the Rec-Plex. It's free air conditioning. I'll have complete schedule details soon. Blue-White will be on Sunday September 4th.

4. I think you'll be hearing a new but familiar voice doing colour commentary on the ICE radio broadcasts this season. George Watson has returned to China for another year and we thank him for his dedicated contributions the past few years. We are planning on having Kyle Christensen doing Post-Game interviews from the benches and a few games of guest analyst work. Who is the new person? That will be revealed soon. That is what we call a tease in the radio business.

5. I think the ICE are very happy with their goaltending depth. They have 3 with WHL experience (Lieuwen, Teskey, Skapski) and a prospect (Hoflin)who is coming off a great year.

6. I think the ICE are happy with their defenseman depth considering they lost McNabb (graduated) and Rintoul (traded). Big holes to fill but in junior hockey you expect that year-after-year.

7. I think the ICE are happy with their forwards depth but would like one more top-6 guy. If they trade Antilla or Ismond to finalize the over-ager situation their biggest need is someone on the 2nd line that can score. The top line is solid, the 3rd and 4th lines will feature veterans sprinkled with a few rookies.

8. I think it'll be strange to see Cory Clouston on the visitors bench at the Rec-Plex. That doesn't happen until January 24th.

9. I think I'm enjoying the world of twitter. If you haven't yet, follow JHollick_Ice.

10. I think these are my non-hockey thoughts.
a) This summer I've learned 95% of drivers don't understand what a passing lane is.

b) The only bad thing from the summer holidays was the 1 1/2-2 hour line-up at the Kingsgate border crossing. Over the years it was never longer that 10 minutes. Can't get the new building built quick enough.

c) It's amazing to see how many people are happy to see the Roughriders struggling this year. Are they the Yankees of the CFL? Either you love them or hate them I guess.

Thursday, August 18, 2011

ICE Prospects

ICE Training Camp starts the week of August 29th.
Here is a list of the prospects on the ICE list.
There will also be other players invited to camp who are not on the 50-player list.
Not all of the players invited will show up and I'll have updates on all of that once the camp starts.

Bronson Ammeter
15 year old goalie
Mar 2/96
Starbuck, Man
9th round pick in 2011 Bantam Draft
Manitoba AA Bantam

Wyatt Hoflin
16 year old goalie
Jan 31/95
Stony Plain, Alb
2nd round pick in 2010 Bantam Draft
Alberta AAA Midget St. Albert 9-4-0 2.99 .882% 1 SO

Mackenzie Skapski
17 year old goalie
June 15/94
Abbotsford, BC
3rd round pick in 2009 Bantam Draft
PIJHL Ridge Meadows 21 GP 6-11-0 4.56 .890% 1 SO
Playoffs 6 GP 3-3 2.84 .934%
Kootenay ICE 2 GP 1-1-0-0 2.95 .902%

Cole DePape
16 year old defenseman
July 20/95
Winnipeg, Man
4th round pick in 2010 Bantam Draft
Manitoba AAA Midget Winnipeg 24 GP 3-4-7 38pm

Jake Dube
15 year old defenseman
Apr 3/96
Cochrane, Alb
5th round pick in 2011 Bantam Draft
Alberta AAA Bantam Airdrie 33 GP 3-21-24 18pm

Nate Engert
19 year old defenseman
May 10/92
Red Deer, Alb
AJHL St. Albert 17 GP 0-2-2 30pm
Playoffs 3 GP 0-0-0 17pm
QMJHL Cape Breton 18 GP 0-0-0 9pm

Tanner Faith
16 year old defenseman
Oct 5/95
Wilcox, Sask
2nd round pick in 2010 Bantam Draft
Sask AAA Midget Notre Dame 29 GP 4-5-9 32pm
Kootenay ICE 4 GP 0-0-0 2pm

Carter Forsyth
15 year old defenseman
Apr 27/96
Swift Current, Sask
6th round pick in 2011 Bantam Draft
Sask AA Bantam Swift Current 20 GP 5-8-13 55pm

Jeff Hubic
17 year old defenseman
Mar 28/94
Regina, Sask
4th round pick 2009 Bantam Draft
Sask AAA Midget Tisdale 41 GP 1-5-6 70pm
Playoffs 3 GP 0-2-2 6pm
Kootenay ICE 3 GP 0-0-0 0pm

Kyle Krabben
16 year old defenseman
Mar 25/95
Calgary, Alb
6th round pick in 2010 Bantam Draft
Alberta AAA Midget Calgary 31 GP 5-12-17 32pm

Joseph Leonidas
15 year old defenseman
June 24/96
Calgary, Alb
11th round pick in 2011 Bantam Draft
Alberta AA Bantam Calgary 28 GP 13-7-20 74pm

Matthew Murray
15 year old defenseman
July 23/96
Kamloops, BC
4t round pick in 2011 Bantam Draft
BC AAA Bantam Kamloops 51 GP 14-20-34

Dylan Schellenberg
18 year old defenseman
Mar 22/93
Drumheller, Alb
8th round pick in 2008 Bantam Draft
AJHL Drumheller 31 GP 2-3-5 134pm
Playoffs 4 GP 0-0-0 22pm

Mike Simpson
17 year old defenseman
Mar 30/94
Semiahmoo, BC
6th round pick in 2009 Bantam Draft
PIJHL Delta/Port Moody 37 GP 3-7-10 81pm
Playoffs 13 GP 1-2-3 8pm
Kootenay ICE 4 GP 0-0-0 4pm

Jordan Steenbergen
15 year old defenseman
Jan 18/96
Sylvan Lake, Alb
3rd round pick in 2011 Bantam Draft
Alberta AAA Bantam Red Deer 31 GP 5-12-17 110pm

Jack Thomas
15 year old defenseman
Jan 17/96
Calgary, Alb
12th round pick in 2011 Bantam Draft
Alberta AAA Bantam Calgary 27 GP 2-10-12 30pm

Spencer Wand
16 year old defenseman
Apr 8/95
Shaunavon, Sask
4th round pick in 2010 Bantam Draft
Sask AAA Midget Tisdale 27 GP 2-11-13 56pm
Playoffs 3 GP 0-0-0 12pm

Michael King
18 year old defenseman
Jan 22/93
Prince George, BC
3rd round pick in 2008 Bantam Draft
Committed to Colorado College
BCHL Westside 48 GP 5-18-23 22pm
Playoffs 13 GP 1-2-3 17pm

Levi Cable
17 year old forward
Aug 31/94
Hudson Bay, Sask
Sask AAA Midget Yorkton 40 GP 26-26-52 26pm
Playoffs 4 GP 0-1-1 0pm
Kootenay ICE 4 GP 0-0-0 2pm

Jaedon Descheneau
16 year old forward
Feb 22/95
Edmonton, Alb
3rd round pick in 2010 Bantam Draft
Alberta AAA Midget Leduc 31 GP 15-20-35 40pm

Jakson Elynuik
16 year old forward
Feb 28/95
Calgary, Alb
7th round pick in 2010 Bantam Draft
Alberta AAA Midget Calgary 27 GP 22-14-36 40pm

Jared Iron
17 year old forward
Mar 27/94
Canoe Narrows, Sask
8th round pick in 2009 Bantam Draft
Sask AAA Midget Beardy's 41 GP 28-20-48 18pm
SJHL La Ronge Playoffs 2 GP 0-0-0 0pm

Braden Jakubowski
15 year old forward
Apr 16/96
Leduc, Alb
10th round pick in 201 Bantam Draft
Alberta AAA Bantam Leduc 33 GP 28-32-60 40pm

Kurt Johnas
17 year old forward
May 21/94
Winnipeg, Man
5th round pick in 2009 Bantam Draft
Manitoba AAA Midget Winnipeg 25 GP 17-21-38 40pm

Sam Johnson
17 year old forward
June 14/94
Okotoks, Alb
Alberta AAA Midget UFA 34 GP 23-16-39 14pm

Jonathan Martin
16 year old forward
Aug 23/95
Winnipeg, Man
7th round pick in 2010 Bantam Draft
Manitoba AAA Midget Winnipeg 29 GP 24-13-37 84pm

Doug Morris
16 year old forward
May 8/95
Beaumont, Alb
Alberta AAA Midget Leduc 28 GP 16-16-32 54pm

Kyle O’Connor
15 year old forward
Jan 30/96
Calgary Alb
4th round pick in 2011 Bantam Draft
Alberta AAA Bantam Calgary 30 GP 17-13-30 38pm

Luke Philp
16 year old forward
Oct 6/95
Canmore, Alb
3rd round pick in 2010 Bantam Draft
Alberta AAA Midget UFA 33 GP 20-33-53 16pm

Ryley Risling
15 year old forward
May 9/96
Medicine Hat, Alb
7th round pick in 2011 Bantam Draft
Alberta AAA Bantam Medicine Hat 23 GP 15-18-33 47pm

Collin Shirley
15 year old forward
Mar 16/96
Saskatoon, Sask
1st round pick in 2011 Bantam Draft
Sask AA Bantam Saskatoon 45 GP 63-39-102

Jared Virtanen
15 year old forward
June 30/96
Abbotsford, BC
8th round pick in 2011 Bantam Draft
BC AAA Bantam Abbotsford 59 GP 21-42-63 26pm

Jackson Waniek
15 year old forward
Surrey, BC
Sept 4/96
6th round pick in 2011 Bantam Draft
BC AAA Bantam Cloverdale

Ian Williams
16 year old forward
Feb 2/95
Wilcox, Sask
Sask AAA Midget Notre Dame 42 GP 15-6-21 65pm

Jesse Wood-Schatz
16 year old forward
Aug 22/95
Sherwood, Park, Alb
5th round pick in 2010 Bantam Draft
Alberta AAA Midget Sherwood Park 32 GP 26-34-60 62pm

Zachary Zborosky
15 year old forward
Oct 15/96
Regina, Sask
5th round pick in 2011 Bantam Draft
Sask AA Bantam Regina 15 GP 18-19-37 30pm

Clayton Jardine
20 year old forward
Apr 3/91
Lacombe, Alb
9th round pick in 2006 Bantam Draft
Committed to Merrimack College
AJHL Camrose 54 GP 18-24-42 72pm
Playoffs 18 GP 3-11-14 25pm

Stefan Nicholishen
18 year old forward
Apr 30/93
Penticton, BC
Committed to Nebraska-Omaha
BCHL Penticton/Westside 40 GP 5-4-9 18pm
Playoffs 4 GP 0-1-1 2pm

Brendan O'Donnell
19 year old forward
June 25/92
Winnipeg, Man
9th round pick in 2007 Bantam Draft
2010 NHL Draft 6th round Tampa Bay
Committed to NCAA North Dakota
BCHL Penticton 58 GP 29-43-72 28pm
Playoffs 6 GP 1-5-6 9pm

Riley Simpson
18 year old forward
Nov 30/93
Innisfail, Alb
12th round pick in 2008 Bantam Draft
Committed to NCAA Ohio State
AJHL Brooks 59 GP 35-41-76 70pm
Playoffs 10 GP 3-7-10 10pm

Colton St. Clair
19 year old forward
Nov 22/92
Gilbert, Ariz
10th round pick in 2007 Bantam Draft
Committed to North Dakota
USHL Fargo 42 GP 11-14-25 25pm

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Monday, August 15, 2011

Sunday, August 14, 2011


ICE training camp is less than 3 weeks away.
I'll have updates on the club starting this week.
Lots of things to talk about.

Saturday, August 13, 2011


Former ICE goalie Taylor Dakers is now the goalie coach with Everett.
Dakers played 4 years with the ICE and is the Franchise Record Holder with 82 wins and 18 career shutouts.
He has been out of hockey the past 2 seasons. From 07-09 he played pro hockey for AHL Worcester and ECHL Phoenix.

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

ICE Trade Benning

Cranbrook, BC – Jeff Chynoweth, General Manager of the Kootenay ICE Hockey Club, today announced the club has traded 17-year-old Defense prospect Matt Benning (May 25, 1994) to the Tri-City Americans in exchange for a conditional 3rd and 6th round pick in the 2012 WHL Bantam Draft.
“While we are disappointed Matt did not commit to our program. We felt it was best for both the player and the organization to have a fresh start,” added Chynoweth.
Matt Benning was drafted in the second round (35th overall) of the 2009 WHL Bantam Draft. He played last season with the Spruce Grove Saints of the AJHL (43-0-7-7-65).

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

ICE Season Ticket Update

Season Ticket total is now 2101.

Reach Out Program details to be released this month.

Monday, August 8, 2011

Alberta U-17

Hockey Alberta's U-17 top 32 that have been short listed to represent Team Pacific at the 2012 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge, December 29 - January 4, in Windsor, Ontario.

Eric Comrie Goalie Tri City
Justin Myles Goalie Seattle
Coleman Vollrath Goalie Victoria
Brett Zarowny Goalie Prince George

Braiden Doucette Defence Moose Jaw
Mason Geertsen Defence Edmonton
Jared Hauf Defence Seattle
Dillon Heatherington Defence Swift Current
Spenser Jensen Defence Medicine Hat
Keegan Kanzig Defence Victoria
Jesse Lees Defence Kelowna
Tyler Morrison Defence Vancouver
Josh Morrissey Defence Prince Albert
Joel Topping Defence Lethbridge
Bobby Zinkan Defence Swift Current

Tyler Baillie Forward Kelowna
Cole Benson Forward Edmonton
Gavin Broadhead Forward Medicine Hat
Greg Chase Forward Calgary
Ryan Chynoweth Forward Everett
Jaedon Descheneau Forward Kootenay
Scott Ferguson Forward Red Deer
Scott Feser Forward Red Deer
Logan Harland Forward Vancouver
Morgan Klimchuk Forward Regina
Chad Labelle Forward Medicine Hat
Johnathon Merkley Forward Lethbridge
Jake Mykitiuk Forward Prince George
Luke Philp Forward Kootenay
Cole Ully Forward Kamloops
Jamal Watson Forward Lethbridge
Torrin White Forward Moose Jaw

Alberta U-16

Hockey Alberta's Under-16 top 34 that have been short listed to represent Team Alberta at the 2011 Western Canada U16 Challenge Cup in Moose Jaw.

PATRICK GORA Goalie Regina
JONNY HOGUE Goalie Lethbridge

CONNOR CLOUSTON Defense Kamloops
ZACHARY GONEK Defense Swift Current
AARON IRVING Defense Edmonton
BRYCEN MARTIN Defense Swift Current
NATHYN MORTLOCK Defense Medicine Hat
GRIFFIN MUMBY Defense Regina
MICHEAL ZIPP Defense Everett

REID DUKE Forward Lethbridge
THOMAS FOSTER Forward Vancouver
LOGAN FRANZ Forward Calgary
RYAN GRAHAM Forward Saskatoon
NICHOLAS JONES Forward Vancouver
TY MAPPIN Forward Everett
JOSH MCCULLOCH Forward Medicine Hat
JASON MILLER Forward Brandon
REID NEMETH Forward Lethbridge
KORD PANKEWICZ Forward Brandon
BLAKE PENNER Forward Medicine Hat
BRAYDON POINT Forward Moose Jaw
LANDON WELYKHOLOWA Forward Prince Albert
TYLER WONG Forward Lethbridge

Friday, August 5, 2011


Kimberley Dynamiters

September (4 Road – 2 Home)
Fri 16 @ Creston Valley 8:30
Sat 17 Creston 7:00
Fri 23 Fernie 7:30
Sat 24 @ Fernie 7:30
Tue 27 @ Columbia Valley 7:30
Fri 30 @ Castlegar 8:30

October (5 Road – 5 Home)
Sat 1 Columbia Valley 7:00
Fri 7 @ Nelson 8:00
Sat 8 Chase 7:00
Fri 14 @ Grand Forks 8:30
Tue 18 Golden 7:00
Fri 21 Creston Valley 7:00
Sat 22 @ Creston Valley 8:30
Thu 27 Castelgar 7:00
Fri 28 @ Fernie 7:30
Sat 29 @ Spokane 8:00

November (2 Road – 5 Home)
Sat 5 Grand Forks 7:00
Thu 10 Golden 7:00
Sat 12 @ Golden 7:30
Tue 15 @ Golden 7:30
Sat 19 North Okanagan 7:00
Fri 25 Fernie 7:00
Tue 29 Columbia Valley 7:00

December (4 Road – 6 Home)
Fri 2 Kamloops 7:00
Sat 3 @ Columbia Valley 7:30
Tue 6 Golden 7:00
Sat 10 @ Columbia Valley 7:30
Sun 11 Sicamous 2:00
Mon 12 Nelson 7:00
Fri 16 @ Creston Valley 7:30
Sat 17 Creston Valley 7:00
Thu 29 Fernie 7:00
Fri 30 @ Fernie 7:30

January (5 Road – 6 Home)
Tue 3 Golden 7:00
Fri 6 @ Chase 8:00
Sat 7 @ Kamloops 8:00
Sun 8 @ Revelstoke 3:00
Wed 11 Columbia Valley 7:00
Fri 13 @ Beaver Valley 8:30
Sat 14 Revelstoke 7:00
Tue 17 @ Golden 7:30
Fri 20 Spokane 7:00
Sat 28 Fernie 7:00
Sun 29 Beaver Valley 2:00

February (6 Road – 2 Home)
Fri 3 @ Sicamous 8:00
Sat 4 @ North Okanagan 8:00
Sun 5 @ Golden 1:00
Fri 10 Columbia Valley 7:00
Sat 11 @ Columbia Valley 7:30
Wed 15 Creston Valley 7:00
Fri 17 @ Creston Valley 7:30
Sun 19 @ Fernie 7:30


Fernie Ghostriders

September (5 Road – 1 Home)
Fri 16 @ Kamloops 8:00
Sat 17 @ Chase 8:00
Sun 18 @ North Okanagan 3:00
Fri 23 @ Kimberley 7:30
Sat 24 Kimberley 7:30
Fri 30 @ Creston Valley 8:30

October (6 Road – 5 Home)
Sat 1 Spokane 7:30
Tue 4 @ Columbia Valley 7:30
Fri 7 Chase 7:30
Fri 14 Kamloops 7:30
Sat 15 @ Golden 7:30
Fri 21 Castlegar 7:30
Sat 22 @ Castlegar 8:30
Sun 23 @ Grand Forks 3:00
Fri 28 Kimberley 7:30
Sat 29 @ Revelstoke 8:00
Sun 30 @ Sicamous 3:00

November (3 Road – 6 Home)
Fri 4 Golden 7:30
Sat 5 @ Creston Valley 8:30
Thu 10 Nelson 7:30
Sat 12 Creston Valley 7:30
Fri 18 North Okanagan 7:30
Sat 19 @ Columbia Valley 7:30
Thu 24 Columbia Valley 7:30
Fri 25 @ Kimberley 7:00
Sat 26 Grand Forks 7:30

December (6 Road – 6 Home)
Fri 2 Beaver Valley 7:30
Sat 3 @ Beaver Valley 8:30
Sun 4 @ Spokane 3:00
Sat 10 Sicamous 7:30
Fri 16 Columbia Valley 7:30
Sat 17 @ Columbia Valley 7:30
Tue 20 @ Golden 7:30
Wed 21 Golden 7:30
Wed 28 Creston Valley 7:30
Thu 29 @ Kimberley 7:00
Fri 30 Kimberley 7:30
Sat 31 @ Creston Valley 7:30

January (3 Road – 4 Home)
Fri 6 Golden 7:30
Sat 7 @ Golden 7:30
Fri 13 Revelstoke 7:30
Sat 14 @ Nelson 8:00
Fri 20 Creston Valley 7:30
Fri 27 Columbia Valley 7:30
Sat 28 @ Kimberley 7:00

February (3 Road – 4 Home)
Fri 3 Golden 7:30
Sat 4 @ Golden 7:30
Fri 10 @ Creston Valley 7:30
Sat 11 Creston Valley 7:30
Fri 17 @ Columbia Valley 7:30
Sat 18 Columbia Valley 7:30
Sun 19 Kimberley 7:30

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Clouston in Brandon

Former ICE Head Coach Cory Clouston today was named the Head Coach of Brandon.
Clouston spent 8 years with the ICE and was Head Coach for 5 years.
Was the Assistant Coach when the ICE won the 2002 Memorial Cup.
WHL & CHL Coach of the year in 04-05
WHL Coach of the Year in 06-07.
Franchise Record holder with 360 games coached and 209 wins.
Spent the last 2 1/2 years as Head Coach for NHL Ottawa.

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Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Canada U-18

22 players who will play for Canada at the Under-18 tournament, August 8-13 in Breclav, Czech Republic and Piestany, Slovakia.

30 Daniel Altshuller L 6’2” 174 07/24/94 Nepean, Ont. Nepean (CCHL) 2012 Dft/Rep.
31 Domenic Graham L 6’0” 143 09/21/94 Gatineau, Que. Drummondville (QMJHL) 2013 Dft/Rep.
2 Adam Pelech L 6’2” 200 08/18/94 Toronto, Ont. Erie (OHL) 2012 Dft/Rep.
4 Slater Koekkoek L 6’2” 185 02/18/94 Inkerman, Ont. Peterborough (OHL) 2012 Dft/Rep.
5 Morgan Rielly L 6’0” 190 03/09/94 West Vancouver, B.C. Moose Jaw (WHL) 2012 Dft/Rep.
6 Griffin Reinhart L 6’4” 202 01/24/94 West Vancouver, B.C. Edmonton (WHL) 2012 Dft/Rep.
7 Michael Matheson L 6’1” 169 02/27/94 Pointe-Claire Que. Lac St-Louis (LHMAAAQ) 2012 Dft/Rep.
25 Mathew Dumba R 6’0” 172 07/25/94 Calgary, Alta. Red Deer (WHL) 2012 Dft/Rep.
26 Derrick Pouliot L 6’0” 192 01/16/94 Weyburn, Sask. Portland (WHL) 2012 Dft/Rep.
8 Andreas Athanasiou L 6’0” 165 08/06/94 Woodbridge, Ont. London (OHL) 2012 Dft/Rep.
9 Hunter Shinkaruk L 5’10” 160 10/13/94 Calgary, Alta. Medicine Hat (WHL) 2013 Dft/Rep.
10 Brendan Gaunce L 6’2” 205 03/25/94 Markham, Ont. Belleville (OHL) 2012 Dft/Rep.
11 Scott Laughton L 6’0” 170 05/30/94 Oakville, Ont. Oshawa (OHL) 2012 Dft/Rep.
12 Charles Hudon L 5’8” 165 06/23/94 Boisbriand, Que. Chicoutimi (QMJHL) 2012 Dft/Rep.
15 Mathew Campagna L 5’11” 170 03/09/94 Mississauga, Ont. Sudbury (OHL) 2012 Dft/Rep.
16 Kerby Rychel L 6’1” 200 10/07/94 Tecumseh, Ont. Windsor (OHL) 2013 Dft/Rep.
18 Gemel Smith R 5’9” 150 04/16/94 Toronto, Ont. Owen Sound (OHL) 2012 Dft/Rep.
19 Matia Marcantuoni R 6’0” 189 02/22/94 Toronto, Ont. Kitchener (OHL) 2012 Dft/Rep.
20 Sean Monahan L 6’2” 180 10/12/94 Brampton, Ont. Ottawa (OHL) 2013 Dft/Rep.
21 Jarrod Maidens R 6’2” 170 03/04/94 Grimsby, Ont. Owen Sound (OHL) 2012 Dft/Rep.
23 FĂ©lix Girard R 5’10” 170 05/09/94 Cap-Rouge, Que. Baie-Comeau (QMJHL) 2012 Dft/Rep.
24 Thomas Wilson R 6’4” 195 03/29/94 Toronto, Ont. Plymouth (OHL) 2012 Dft/Rep.
Head Coach Steve Spott Waterloo, Ont. Kitchener (OHL)
Assistant Coach Mario Duhamel St-Bruno, Que. Drummondville (QMJHL)
Assistant Coach Don Nachbaur Kitimat, B.C. Spokane (WHL)


You can now keep up to date on the Kootenay ICE through twitter ... JHollick_ICE.

Monday, August 1, 2011


Summer has finally arrived in the Kootenay's and it's time to start thinking hockey.
The ICE golf tournament is Friday the 26th and there are some open spots. It'll probably be sold out again but get in early and don't miss out.
Training camp will be the following week and it'll be interesting to see which new players are ready to earn one of the openings on the roster.
With rookie Sam Reinhart and newly acquired Dylen McKinlay filling a couple forward spots there are still 2-4 forward openings, 2-3 defenseman spots and maybe a goalie spot available.
I'll have extensive coverage later this month on the radio and blog.