Tuesday, December 31, 2013

ICE Trade For King

Cranbrook, BC -- Jeff Chynoweth, General Manager of the Kootenay ICE Hockey Club today announced the Club has traded 16-year-old Forward Hudson Elynuik to the Spokane Chiefs in exchange for 18-year-old Defenseman Tyler King

“Heading into the WHL Trade Deadline (January 10th) we were hoping to add a veteran defenseman and possibly an older forward. This transaction allows us to get a defenseman who regularly plays top four minutes in Spokane and has for the majority of the past two years. Unfortunately to get a player like Tyler we had to give up a young player in Hudson Elynuik who should have lots of potential moving forward in his WHL career. We wish Hudson all the best with the Chiefs,” added Chynoweth.

Tyler King is in his third season in the WHL and was the Chiefs first round selection (17th overall) in the 2010 WHL Bantam Draft. He will be in the ICE line-up Thursday when Kootenay travels to Medicine Hat.

As a result of today’s transaction the ICE are now carrying 24 players, including two goaltenders, nine defenseman and 13 forwards.

Monday, December 30, 2013

ICE at Mac's

Calgary Buffaloes
Jack Thomas
3 GP 0-2-2 0pm

Calgary Royals
Shane Allan
3 GP 1-0-1 4pm

Cariboo
Bryan Allbee
2 GP 0-1-1 4pm

Lloydminster
Dallas Hines
0 GP 0-0-0 0pm

Moose Jaw
Jared Legien
4 GP 1-2-3 4pm

Red Deer
Matt Krawiec
0 GP 0-0-0 0pm
Carter Sawicki
4 GP 0-0-0 6pm
Jayden Sittler
3 GP 1-1-1 2.63

From The ICE Office

ICE CHIPS: The KOOTENAY ICE enter this week's action with a 19-17-2-1 record (10-10-0-1 at home, 9-7-2-0 on the road, 0-2 in overtime, 3-1 in shootouts) and tied for sixth place in the EASTERN CONFERENCE...The ICE will play four of their next five games against the CENTRAL DIVISION.

KOOTENAY ICE OFFICE CHRISTMAS HOURS:
Tuesday December 31 8:30 am - Noon and 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Wednesday January 1 CLOSED
Thursday January 2 Regular office hours resume

GIFT CARDS: Get the gift that keeps on giving…The KOOTENAY ICE now have reusable and reloadable GIFT CARDS for any dollar amount…Your special someone can use the gift card to buy individual game tickets or FLEX PAKS…GIFT CARDS are available at the KOOTENAY ICE OFFICE.

DID YOU KNOW: KOOTENAY is seventh in the WHL in overall power play (23.0%)...The ICE are ninth in the LEAGUE in overall penalty killing (80.0%)…SAM REINHART has been named to TEAM CHERRY for the BMO CHL/NHL TOP PROSPECTS GAME in CALGARY, ALBERTA on January 15...JAEDON DESCHENEAU, who is tied for fifth in the WHL in goals scored with 25, is tied for eighth in the League in points with 50 (25-25-50)…DESCHENEAU, who has played in 160 WHL career games in KOOTENAY, is tied for third in power play goals with 12...SAM REINHART, who is tied for eighth in the WHL in points with
50 (16-34-50), is tied for fourth in the League in assists with 34...JAGGER DIRK has played in 277 WHL career games...TIM BOZON needs to record five more points to reach 200 in his WHL career.

TRANSACTIONS / INJURY: Forward SAM REINHART is playing for CANADA at the 2014 IIHF WORLD JUNIOR CHAMPIONSHIP in MALMO, SWEDEN (December 26 - January 5)...Defenseman TROY MURRAY is playing for TEAM WEST at the 2014 WORLD U-17 HOCKEY CHALLENGE in CAPE BRETON, NOVA SCOTIA (December 28 – January 5)...KOOTENAY has added 16-year-old Defenseman DYLAN OVERDYK (August 3, 1997) from the EDMONTON MAPLE LEAFS of the AMHL and 16-year-old Forward AUSTIN WELLSBY (June 30, 1997) from the FRASER VALLEY THUNDERBIRDS of the BCMML to the roster...Defenseman TANNER FAITH will be out of the ICE line up four to six months with an upper body injury.

ONE YEAR AGO: After 39 games of the 2012-2013 season the ICE were 14-24-1-0, after 40 games were 15-24-1-0 and after 41 games were 16-24-1-0.

UPCOMING WEEK:
Tuesday December 31 Day Off
Wednesday January 1 Practice 12:00 - 2:00 pm Western Financial Place
Thursday January 2 ICE @ Medicine Hat 7:00 pm (102.9 FM – The Drive)
Friday January 3 ICE vs Swift Current 7:00 pm (102.9 FM – The Drive)
Saturday January 4 Practice 12:00 - 2:00 pm Western Financial Place
Sunday January 5 ICE vs Medicine Hat 6:00 pm (102.9 FM – The Drive)

WEEK IN REVIEW:
Friday, December 27 – Kootenay 4 vs Spokane 6 – Record 18-17-2-0 – Attendance: 2,945
Goals:
1 - Descheneau (24) from Bozon and Philp
2 - Descheneau (25) from Bozon and Philp
3 - McPhee (2) from Valiev and Vetterl
4 - Bozon (12) from Steenbergen and Valiev
Goalies: Mackenzie Skapski (26 Saves, 5 GA), Wyatt Hoflin (6 Saves, 1 GA)

Saturday, December 28 – Kootenay 2 @ Spokane 1 – Record 19-17-2-0 – Attendance: 8,461
Goals:
1 - Cable (8) from Peel and O'Connor
2 - McPhee (3) from Valiev
Goalie: Mackenzie Skapski (36 Saves, 1 GA)

Saturday, December 28, 2013

Pics Of The Game

From Cranbrook Photo

Friday, December 27, 2013

10 Things

1. The 10-day break for the holidays is done and the ICE will play 3 games in the next 4 days. It’s the second year in a row they will start the past Xmas schedule with a home and home with Spokane.

2. Last year after losing 1-0 at home to Spokane, the next night they won 7-3 in Spokane which started a 7 game winning streak and a stretch of games where they won 12 of 13.

3. After being 1-3 skaters short of a complete line-up the ICE will have a full line-up going into the weekend. Jagger Dirk (3 games), Ryan Chynoweh (6 games) and Rinat Valiev (5 games) should be off the injured list.

4. 16-year-old defenseman Dylan Overdyk and 16-year-old forward Austin Wellsby have been added to the roster for the next few weeks.

5. Wellsby, 4th round pick in 2012, will make his WHL debut while Overdyk, 2nd round pick in 2012, played 1 game in September.

6. It’s been a long time since the ICE played a game without Dirk in the line-up. According to my records he played in 245 consecutive regular season games. He is 3rd in team history with only Adam Taylor (289) and Andrew Bailey (276) with longer streaks.

7. It’s good news for the rest of the WHL as the ICE will not be playing on New Years’ Eve this season as they have a career record of 7-3-0 on December 31st.

8. Sam Reinhart and Team Canada have 3 round robin games left at the WJHC
Dec 28 vs Czech Rep
Dec 30 vs Slovakia
Dec 31 vs USA

9. Troy Murray and Team West will start their U-17 in Nova Scotia on Monday.
Mon 30 vs Pacific
Tue 31 vs Czech Rep
Wed 1 vs Sweden
Thu 2 vs Quebec

10. There are many ICE prospects playing in the Mac’s Midget Tournament in Calgary.
Calgary Buffaloes
Jack Thomas
1 GP 0-1-1 0pm
Calgary Royals
Shane Allan
1 GP 0-0-0 0pm
Cariboo
Bryan Allbee
0 GP 0-0-0 0pm
Lloydminster
Dallas Hines
0 GP 0-0-0 0pm
Moose Jaw
Jared Legien
1 GP 0-0-0 2pm
Red Deer
Matt Krawiec
0 GP 0-0-0 0pm
Carter Sawicki
1 GP 0-0-0 2pm
Jayden Sittler
1 GP 0-1 6.00 (4 goals allowed in 40 minutes)

Thursday, December 19, 2013

ICE Prospects Update

Declan Hobbs
15-year-old goalie
3rd round pick in 2013 Bantam Draft
Sask AAA Midget Saskatoon 9 GP 8-0-0 1.43 .950% 1 SO

Jayden Sittler
17-year-old goalie
Alberta AAA Midget Red Deer 11 GP 7-2-2 1.92 .924% 1 SO
Kootenay 1 GP 1-0-0 0.00 1.000%

Keelan Williams
17-year-old goalie
AJHL Okotoks 7 GP 4-2-1 2.68 .895%

Bryan Allbee
16-year-old defenseman
BC AAA Midget Cariboo 24 GP 8-12-20 44pm

Riley Boomgaarden
19-year-old defenseman
SJHL Melfort 24 GP 2-6-8 32pm

Jake Dube
17-year-old defenseman
5th round pick in 2011 Bantam Draft
AJHL Okotoks 23 GP 1-4-5 11pm

Cale Fleury
15–year-old defenseman
4th round pick in 2013 Bantam Draft
Sask AAA Midget Notre Dame 26 GP 3-10-13 30pm

Dallas Hines
15–year-old defenseman
5th round pick in 2013 Bantam Draft
Alberta Minor Midget Lloydminster 17 GP 4-7-11 24pm

Matt Krawiec
15-year-old defenseman
6th round pick in 2013 Bantam Draft
19 GP 1-7-8 8pm

Mark O’Shaughnessy
16-year-old defenseman
BC U-18 POE 20 GP 0-9-9 12pm

Dylan Overdyk
16-year-old defenseman
2nd round pick in 2012 Bantam Draft
Alberta AAA Midget St. Albert
Kootenay 1 GP 0-0-0 0pm

Andy Stevens
15-year-old defenseman
5th round in 2013 Bantam Draft
BC AAA Midget Okanagan 24 GP 1-7-8 2pm

Jack Thomas
17-year-old defenseman
12th round pick in 2011 Bantam Draft
Alberta AAA Midget Hockey Calgary

Spencer Wand
18-year-old defenseman
4th round pick in 2010 Bantam Draft
PJHL Saskatoon 1 GP 0-0-0 0pm

Shane Allan
16-year-old forward
7th round pick in 2012 Bantam Draft
Alberta AAA Midget Calgary

Connor Barley
15-year-old forward
7th round pick in 2013 Bantam Draft
Manitoba AAA Midget Winnipeg 21 GP 9-4-13 37pm

River Beattie
16-year-old forward
6th round pick in 2012 Bantam Draft
AJHL Lloydminster 22 GP 2-2-4 31pm

Robert Johnson
15-year-old forward
5th round pick in 2013 Bantam Draft
PIJHL Delta 25 GP 4-5-9 10pm

Owen LaClare
18-year-old forward
SJHL La Ronge 25 GP 14-8-22 31pm

Jared Legien
15-year-old forward
1st round pick in 2013 Bantam Draft
Sask AAA Midget Moose Jaw 24 GP 5-7-12 12pm

Vince Loschiavo
15-year-old forward
2nd round pick in 2013 Bantam Draft
Manitoba AAA Bantam Winnipeg 8 GP 2-2-4 2pm

Zac Paziuk
16-year-old forward
10th round pick in 2012 Bantam Draft
Sask AAA Midget Prince Albert 6 GP 1-0-1 2pm

Ryley Risling
17-year-old forward
7th round pick in 2011 Bantam Draft
AJHL Canmore 22 GP 1-4-5 12pm

Carter Sawicki
17-year-old forward
Alberta AAA Midget Red Deer

Logan Schatz
16-year-old forward
9th round pick in 2012 Bantam Draft
Sask AAA Midget Beardy’s 24 GP 10-20-30 10pm

Drew Warkentine
15-year-old forward
5th round pick in 2013 Bantam Draft
Sask AAA Midget Tisdale 25 GP 2-6-8 27pm

Austin Wellsby
16-year-old forward
4th round pick in 2012 Bantam Draft
BC AAA Midget Fraser Valley 22 GP 10-15-25 12pm

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

From The ICE Office

ICE CHIPS: The KOOTENAY ICE enter the Christmas Break with a 18-16-2-1 record (10-9-0-1 at home, 8-7-2-0 on the road, 0-2 in overtime, 3-1 in shootouts) and in seventh place in the EASTERN CONFERENCE...The ICE will return to CRANBROOK on December 27 to start a home and home series against tHE SPOKANE CHIEFS (December 28 IN SPOKANE).

KOOTENAY ICE OFFICE CHRISTMAS HOURS:
December 19 to December 26 CLOSED
Friday December 27 8:30 am – End of Game
Monday December 30 8:30 am – Noon and 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Tuesday December 31 8:30 am - Noon and 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Wednesday January 1 CLOSED
Thursday January 2 Regular office hours resume

FLEX PAKS AVAILABLE OVER CHRISTMAS: KOOTENAY ICE FLEX PAKS will be available for fans to purchase December 19 - 21 and 23 and 24 at FIRST IMPRESSIONS (11A - 14th Avenue South)...SUPER SEVEN FLEX PAKS are available in Adult, Senior, Student and Youth packages...Adults are $133.00, Seniors $105.00, Students $91.00 and Youth $70.00...Fans can also call FIRST IMPRESSIONS at 250-426-5995.

GIFT CARDS: Get the gift that keeps on giving…The KOOTENAY ICE now have reusable and reloadable GIFT CARDS for any dollar amount…Your special someone can use the gift card to buy individual game tickets or Flex Paks…Gift Cards are available at the Kootenay ICE Office.

DID YOU KNOW: KOOTENAY is 11-9-1-0 when outshooting their opponent, 6-6-1-1 when being outshot and 1-1-0-0 when shots are tied…The ICE are 13-3-1-1 when they score the first goal of the game and 5-13-1-0 when their opponent scores first…KOOTENAY is eighth in the WHL in overall power play (22.9%)...The ICE are ninth in the LEAGUE in overall penalty killing (80.0%)…SAM REINHART has been named to TEAM CHERRY for the BMO CHL/NHL TOP PROSPECTS GAME in CALGARY, ALBERTA on January 15...JAEDON DESCHENEAU, who is sixth in the WHL in goals scored with 23, is tied for ninth in the League in points with 48 (23-25-48)…DESCHENEAU has played in 158 WHL career games in KOOTENAY...SAM REINHART, who is tied for sixth in the WHL in points with 50 (16-34-50), is third in the League in assists with 34...TIM BOZON needs to record eight more points to reach 200 in his WHL career.

TRANSACTIONS / INJURIES: Forward SAM REINHART is attending the TEAM CANADA SELECTION CAMP...Defenseman TROY MURRAY will be attending the 2014 WORLD U-17 HOCKEY CHALLENGE in CAPE BRETON, NOVA SCOTIA (December 28 – January 5) as part of TEAM WEST...KOOTENAY has added 16-year-old Defenseman DYLAN OVERDYK (August 3, 1997) from the EDMONTON MAPLE LEAFS of the AMHL and 16-year-old Forward AUSTIN WELLSBY (June 30, 1997) from the FRASER VALLEY THUNDERBIRDS of the BCMML to the roster...Defenseman TANNER FAITH will be out of the ICE line up indefinitely with an upper body injury...Forward RYAN CHYNOWETH and Defenseman JAGGER DIRK will both be out of the KOOTENAY line up one week with upper body injuries...Defenseman RINAT VALIEV will be out of the ICE line up day to day with a lower body injury.

ONE YEAR AGO: After 37 games of the 2012-2013 season the ICE 12-24-1-0, after 38 games were 13-24-1-0 and after 39 games were 14-24-1-0.

UPCOMING TWO WEEKS:
December 19 - 26 Christmas Break
Friday December 27 ICE vs Spokane 7:00 pm (102.9 FM – The Drive)
Saturday December 28 ICE @ Spokane 8:00 pm (102.9 FM – The Drive)
Sunday December 29 Practice 2:00 - 3:00 pm Memorial Arena
Monday December 30 ICE vs Spokane 7:00 pm (102.9 FM – The Drive)

WEEK IN REVIEW:
Tuesday, December 10 – Kootenay 3 @ Prince George 1 – Record 17-15-2-0 – Attendance: 1,410
Goals:
1 - Descheneau (22) from Alfaro and Cross
2 - Dirk (4) from Zborosky and Elynuik
3 - Bozon (10) from Dirk
Goalie: Mackenzie Skapski (51 Saves, 1 GA)

Friday, December 13 – Kootenay 0 vs Red Deer 4 – Record 17-16-2-0 – Attendance: 2,124
Goalie: Mackenzie Skapski (26 Saves, 4 GA)

Saturday, December 14 – Kootenay 3 vs Swift Current 2 - SO – Record 18-16-2-0 – Attendance: 2,087
Goals:
1 - Philp (11) from Descheneau and Bozon
2 - Descheneau (23) from Murray and Philp
Goalie: Mackenzie Skapski (41 Saves, 2 GA)

Tuesday, December 17 – Kootenay 4 vs Lethbridge 5 - SO – Record 18-16-2-1 – Attendance: 1,934
Goals:
1 - Philp (12) from Descheneau and McPhee
2 - O'Connor (3) from Alfaro and Zborosky
3 - Philp (13) from Bozon and Descheneau
4 - Bozon (11) from Descheneau and McPhee
Goalies: Wyatt Hoflin (10 Saves, 3 GA), Mackenzie Skapski (23 Saves, 1 GA)

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Pics Of The Game

From Cranbrook Photo

Saturday, December 14, 2013

Pics Of The Game

From Cranbrook Photo

Friday, December 13, 2013

Reinhart on Team Cherry

Top Prospects Game Jan 15/13 in Calgary

Team Cherry:
Goaltenders:
Ty Edmonds (Prince George Cougars)
Alex Nedeljkovic (Plymouth Whalers)

Defencemen:
Anthony DeAngelo (Sarnia Sting)
Haydn Fleury (Red Deer Rebels)
Aaron Irving (Edmonton Oil Kings)
Roland McKeown (Kingston Frontenacs)
Nelson Nogier (Saskatoon Blades)
Alexis Vanier (Baie-Comeau Drakkar)

Forwards:
Daniel Audette (Sherbrooke Phoenix)
Ivan Barbashev (Moncton Wildcats)
Conner Bleackley (Red Deer Rebels)
Michael Dal Colle (Oshawa Generals)
Chase De Leo (Portland Winterhawks)
Robby Fabbri (Guelph Storm)
Nikolay Goldobin (Sarnia Sting)
Ryan MacInnis (Kitchener Rangers)
Matt Mistele (Plymouth Whalers)
Sam Reinhart (Kootenay Ice)
Nick Ritchie (Peterborough Petes)
Nikita Scherbak (Saskatoon Blades)

Staff:
Jim Peplinski – Head Coach
Paul Reinhart – Assistant Coach
Tim Hunter – Assistant Coach
Brian Cheeseman – Athletic Therapist
Rogan Dean – Equipment Manager

Team Orr:
Goaltenders:
Julio Billia (Chicoutimi Sagueneens)
Mason McDonald (Acadie-Bathurst Titan)

Defencemen:
Aaron Ekblad (Barrie Colts)
Aaron Haydon (Niagara IceDogs)
Julius Honka (Swift Current Broncos)
Brycen Martin (Swift Current Broncos)
Alex Peters (Plymouth Whalers)
Ben Thomas (Calgary Hitmen)

Forwards:
Sam Bennett (Kingston Frontenacs)
Clark Bishop (Cape Breton Screaming Eagles)
Blake Clarke (North Bay Battalion)
Eric Cornel (Peterborough Petes)
Leon Draisaitl (Prince Albert Raiders)
Nikolaj Ehlers (Halifax Mooseheads)
Josh Ho-Sang (Windsor Spitfires)
Brendan Lemieux (Barrie Colts)
Jared McCann (Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds)
Brendan Perlini (Niagara IceDogs)
Jake Virtanen (Calgary Hitmen)
Spencer Watson (Kingston Frontenacs)

Staff:
Lanny McDonald – Head Coach
Mike Vernon – Assistant Coach
Joel Otto – Assistant Coach
Will McMillan – Athletic Therapist
Jason Monnery – Equipment Manager

Don't Forget About Tonight

Cranbrook, BC -- The Kootenay ICE Hockey Club will once again be taking part in the traditional A&W Bear, Toque and Mitten Toss on December 13 when the Red Deer Rebels are in town.

Fans are encouraged to bring new and unused (due to distribution in health care facilities) winter wear, clothing and teddy bears to the game to launch onto the ice after Kootenay scores their first goal.

The ICE will be distributing the winter clothing and teddy bears to health care facilities and the Salvation Army in an effort to keep the young and old warm during the winter months.

Tickets are available at the Kootenay ICE Office or by calling 250-417-0322.

Monday, December 9, 2013

ICE Prospects Update

Declan Hobbs
15-year-old goalie
3rd round pick in 2013 Bantam Draft
Sask AAA Midget Saskatoon 7 GP 7-0-0 1.14 .959% 1 SO

Jayden Sittler
17-year-old goalie
Alberta AAA Midget Red Deer 7 GP 6-2-1 1.91 .926% 1 SO
Kootenay 1 GP 1-0-0 0.00 1.000%

Keelan Williams
17-year-old goalie
AJHL Okotoks 7 GP 4-2-1 2.68 .895%

Bryan Allbee
16-year-old defenseman
BC AAA Midget Cariboo 22 GP 8-11-19 44pm

Riley Boomgaarden
19-year-old defenseman
SJHL Melfort 19 GP 1-6-7 26pm

Jake Dube
17-year-old defenseman
5th round pick in 2011 Bantam Draft
AJHL Okotoks 19 GP 0-0-0 2pm

Cale Fleury
15–year-old defenseman
4th round pick in 2013 Bantam Draft
Sask AAA Midget Notre Dame 21 GP 3-6-9 22pm

Dallas Hines
15–year-old defenseman
5th round pick in 2013 Bantam Draft
Alberta Minor Midget Lloydminster 15 GP 4-5-9 20pm

Matt Krawiec
15-year-old defenseman
6th round pick in 2013 Bantam Draft
15 GP 1-5-6 6pm

Mark O’Shaughnessy
16-year-old defenseman
BC U-18 POE 19 GP 0-9-9 12pm

Dylan Overdyk
16-year-old defenseman
2nd round pick in 2012 Bantam Draft
Alberta AAA Midget St. Albert
Kootenay 1 GP 0-0-0 0pm

Andy Stevens
15-year-old defenseman
5th round in 2013 Bantam Draft
BC AAA Midget Okanagan 22 GP 1-4-5 2pm

Jack Thomas
17-year-old defenseman
12th round pick in 2011 Bantam Draft
Alberta AAA Midget Hockey Calgary

Spencer Wand
18-year-old defenseman
4th round pick in 2010 Bantam Draft
PJHL Saskatoon 1 GP 0-0-0 0pm

Shane Allan
16-year-old forward
7th round pick in 2012 Bantam Draft
Alberta AAA Midget Calgary

Connor Barley
15-year-old forward
7th round pick in 2013 Bantam Draft
Manitoba AAA Midget Winnipeg 18 GP 8-4-12 37pm

River Beattie
16-year-old forward
6th round pick in 2012 Bantam Draft
AJHL Lloydminster 22 GP 2-2-4 31pm

Robert Johnson
15-year-old forward
5th round pick in 2013 Bantam Draft
PIJHL Delta 25 GP 4-5-9 10pm

Owen LaClare
18-year-old forward
SJHL La Ronge 21 GP 14-8-22 14pm

Jared Legien
15-year-old forward
1st round pick in 2013 Bantam Draft
Sask AAA Midget Moose Jaw 21 GP 5-5-10 8pm

Vince Loschiavo
15-year-old forward
2nd round pick in 2013 Bantam Draft
Manitoba AAA Bantam Winnipeg 8 GP 2-2-4 2pm

Zac Paziuk
16-year-old forward
10th round pick in 2012 Bantam Draft
Sask AAA Midget Prince Albert 6 GP 1-0-1 2pm

Ryley Risling
17-year-old forward
7th round pick in 2011 Bantam Draft
AJHL Canmore 20 GP 1-4-5 12pm

Carter Sawicki
17-year-old forward
Alberta AAA Midget Red Deer

Logan Schatz
16-year-old forward
9th round pick in 2012 Bantam Draft
Sask AAA Midget Beardy’s 20 GP 6-18-24 6pm

Drew Warkentine
15-year-old forward
5th round pick in 2013 Bantam Draft
Sask AAA Midget Tisdale 22 GP 1-5-6 23pm

Austin Wellsby
16-year-old forward
4th round pick in 2012 Bantam Draft
BC AAA Midget Fraser Valley 20 GP 9-15-24 12pm

From The ICE Office

ICE CHIPS: The KOOTENAY ICE enter this week's action with a 16-15-2-0 record (9-8-0-0 at home, 7-7-2-0 on the road, 0-2 in overtime, 2-0 in shootouts) and tied for seventh place in the EASTERN CONFERENCE...This week the ICE will conclude their BC DIVISION road trip in PRINCE GEORGE before returning home to host three games prior to breaking for Christmas (December 19-26).

KOOTENAY ICE OFFICE CHRISTMAS HOURS:
December 19 to December 26 CLOSED
Friday December 27 8:30 am – End of Game
Monday December 30 8:30 am – Noon and 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Tuesday December 31 8:30 am - Noon and 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Wednesday January 1 CLOSED
Thursday January 2 Regular office hours resume

FLEX PAKS AVAILABLE OVER CHRISTMAS: KOOTENAY ICE FLEX PAKS will be available for fans to purchase December 19 - 21 and 23 and 24 at FIRST IMPRESSIONS (11A - 14th Avenue South)...SUPER SEVEN FLEX PAKS are available in Adult, Senior, Student and Youth packages...Adults are $133.00, Seniors $105.00, Students $91.00 and Youth $70.00...Fans can also call FIRST IMPRESSIONS at 250-426-5995...

A&W TOQUE/MITTEN/BEAR TOSS: When the ICE host the RED DEER REBELS on December 13 it will be A&W TOQUE/MITTEN/BEAR TOSS NIGHT...Fans in attendance are encouraged to bring new and unused winter wear, clothing and teddy bears to launch onto the ice after KOOTENAY scores their first goal.
GIFT CARDS: Get the gift that keeps on giving…The KOOTENAY ICE now have reusable and reloadable GIFT CARDS for any dollar amount…Your special someone can use the gift card to buy individual game tickets or FLEX PAKS…GIFT CARDS are available at the KOOTENAY ICE OFFICE.

DID YOU KNOW: KOOTENAY is 11-8-1-0 when outshooting their opponent, 4-6-1-0 when being outshot and 1-1-0-0 when shots are tied…The ICE are 12-3-1-0 when they score the first goal of the game and 4-12-1-0 when their opponent scores first…KOOTENAY is seventh in the WHL in overall power play (24.2%)...The ICE are eighth in the LEAGUE in overall penalty killing (79.8%)…TROY MURRAY has been named to TEAM WEST for the 2014 WORLD U-17 HOCKEY CHALLENGE in CAPE BRETON, NOVA SCOTIA (December 28 – January 5)... JAEDON DESCHENEAU, who is sixth in the WHL in goals scored with 21, is tied for ninth in the League in points with 42 (21-21-42)…DESCHENEAU has played in 155 WHL career games in KOOTENAY...SAM REINHART, who is fifth in the WHL in points with 50 (16-34-50), is tied for second in the League in assists with 34...REINHART needs to record one more point to reach 200 in his WHL career...JAGGER DIRK, who has played in 274 WHL career games with the ICE, needs to record seven more assists to reach 100 in his WHL career…TIM BOZON has played in 173 WHL career games (KAMLOOPS / KOOTENAY).

TRANSACTION / INJURIES: Forward SAM REINHART will be attending the TEAM CANADA SELECTION CAMP in ETOBICOKE, ONTARIO starting December 12...Defenseman TANNER FAITH will be out of the ICE line up indefinitely with an upper body injury...Forward RYAN CHYNOWETH (upper body) and Defenseman RINAT VALIEV (lower body) will be out of the KOOTENAY line up one to two weeks...Forward KYLE O'CONNOR will be out of the ICE line up day to day with a lower body injury.
ONE YEAR AGO: After 33 games of the 2012-2013 season the ICE 10-22-1-0, after 34 games were 10-23-1-0 and after 35 games were 10-24-1-0.

UPCOMING WEEK:
Tuesday December 10 ICE @ Prince George 8:00 pm (102.9 FM - The Drive)
Wednesday December 11 Travel Day
Thursday December 12 Practice 3:45 - 5:45 pm Western Financial Place
Friday December 13 ICE vs Red Deer 7:00 pm (102.9 FM - The Drive)
Saturday December 14 ICE vs Swift Current 7:00 pm (102.9 FM - The Drive)

WEEK IN REVIEW:

Tuesday, December 3 – Kootenay 0 @ Victoria 3 – Record 15-13-2-0 – Attendance: 4,279
Goalie: Wyatt Hoflin (16 Saves, 3 GA)

Wednesday, December 4 – Kootenay 2 @ Vancouver 3 – Record 15-14-2-0 – Attendance: 4,121
Goals:
1 - Martin (7) from Vetterl and Dirk
2 - Vetterl (6) from Philp and Reinhart
Goalie: Mackenzie Skapski (16 Saves, 3 GA)

Friday, December 6 – Kootenay 7 @ Kamloops 3 – Record 16-14-2-0 – Attendance: 4,053
Goals:
1 - Descheneau (20) from Dirk and Bozon
2 - Bozon (8) from Valiev and Alfaro
3 - Descheneau (21) from Bozon and Reinhart
4 - Philp (9) from Descheneau and Zborosky
5 - Alfaro (2)
6 - Bozon (9) from Reinhart and Dirk
7 - Zborosky (5) from Cross and Murray
Goalie: Wyatt Hoflin (30 Saves, 3 GA)

Saturday, December 7 – Kootenay 1 @ Kelowna 2 – Record 16-15-2-0 – Attendance: 5,121
Goal:
1 - Philp (10) from Dirk and Reinhart
Goalie: Mackenzie Skapski (28 Saves, 2 GA)

Thursday, December 5, 2013

10 Things

1. Milestone Update …
Career Games Played – Jagger Dirk is 11th with 272 (10th and 1st for defenseman with 274 Joey Leach), Mackenzie Skapski is 5th in goalie games with 105 (4th 108 Kris Lazaruk).
Forward Goals – Sam Reinhart is 14th with 81 (13th 84 Jason Jaffray), Jaedon Descheneau is 28th with 52 (27th 53 Steele Boomer), Tim Bozon has 79 (4 with ICE).
Forward Assists – Sam Reinhart is 12th with 115 (11th is Adam Taylor with 118).
Forward Points – Sam Reinhart is 12th with 196 (11th is Adam Cracknell at 213). Tim Bozon has 184 (15 with ICE).
Defenseman Points – Jagger Dirk is 7th with 109 (Chad Greenan is 6th with 123)
PPG – Sam Reinhart is 19th with 21 career PPG (Brayden McNabb, Tomas Plihal and Colin Sinclair had 22).
SHG – Sam Reinhart is tied for 13th with 4 (tied with Joe Antilla and Andrew Bailey)

2. The last time the ICE played in Kamloops was November 23rd, 2011. The only players still with their teams’ that played in that game … ICE – Jagger Dirk, Jaedon Descheneau, Sam Reinhart, Jon Martin, Levi Cable and Mackenzie Skapski (back-up), Blazers – Matt Needham, Cole Ully, Aspen Sterzer and Tim Bozon played for the Blazers.

3. The last time the ICE played in Kelowna was November 25th, 2011. The only players still with their teams’ that played in that game … ICE – Jagger Dirk, Jaedon Descheneau, Sam Reinhart, Levi Cable and Mackenzie Skapski (back-up), Rockets – Madison Bowey, Damon Severson, Tyrell Goulbourne, Tyson Baillie, Colton Heffley and Jordan Cooke (back-up).

4. With Tanner Faith and Ryan Chynoweth joining Kyle O’Connor on the injured list the ICE will be one skater short of a complete line-up for a few games.

5. Sam Reinhart and Ryan McGill will leave for Canada’s World Junior camp next week.

6. Russia named their 29 player list a few days ago and ICE defenseman Rinat Valiev was not invited. He is eligible to play next year.

7. So far this year the East Conference has 23 wins and 49 losses in games against teams from the West.

8. Michael Dyck will join the coaching staff next week. In 5 seasons as the Head Coach with Lethbridge he had 132 wins and .534% winning percentage. He also had 18 playoff wins and took the Hurricanes to the WHL Final in 2008.

9. With Troy Murray (U-17) and Sam Reinhart (WJHC) gone for their respective International tournaments look for the ICE to call up at least one affiliated player to help fill the roster after X-mas.

10. 5 years ago when the ICE were on the trip through the BC Division, a 16-year-old Jagger Dirk decided to leave the BCHL and join the ICE.

Monday, December 2, 2013

From The ICE Office

ICE CHIPS: The KOOTENAY ICE enter this week's action with a 15-12-2-0 record (9-8-0-0 at home, 6-4-2-0 on the road, 0-2 in overtime, 2-0 in shootouts) and in sixth place in the EASTERN CONFERENCE...This week the ICE are embarking on their five game BC DIVISION road trip starting in VICTORIA (December 3), VANCOUVER (December 4), KAMLOOPS (December 6), KELOWNA (December 7) and PRINCE GEORGE (December 10).

REPLICA JERSEYS AVAILABLE: KOOTENAY ICE REPLICA BLACK JERSEYS are now available for fans to purchase at FIRST IMPRESSIONS (11A - 14th Avenue South)...Fans can also call FIRST IMPRESSIONS at 250-426-5995.

A&W TOQUE/MITTEN/BEAR TOSS: When the ICE host the RED DEER REBELS on December 13 it will be A&W TOQUE/MITTEN/BEAR TOSS NIGHT...Fans in attendance are encouraged to bring new and unused winter wear, clothing and teddy bears to launch onto the ice after KOOTENAY scores their first goal.

GIFT CARDS: Get the gift that keeps on giving…The KOOTENAY ICE now have reusable and reloadable GIFT CARDS for any dollar amount…Your special someone can use the gift card to buy individual game tickets or FLEX PAKS…GIFT CARDS are available at the KOOTENAY ICE OFFICE.

SUPER SEVEN FLEX PAKS: SUPER SEVEN FLEX PAKS are now available to purchase at the ICE Office…You get seven game certificates to use at your convenience – total flexibility...SUPER SEVEN FLEX PAKS are available in Adult, Senior, Student and Youth packages...Adults are $133.00, Seniors $105.00, Students $91.00 and Youth $70.00.

DID YOU KNOW: KOOTENAY is eighth in the WHL in overall power play (23.7%)...The ICE are sixth in the LEAGUE in overall penalty killing (82.7%)…SAM REINHART has been named to CANADA'S NATIONAL JUNIOR TEAM SELECTION CAMP beginning December 12 in ONTARIO...TROY MURRAY has been named to TEAM WEST for the 2014 WORLD U-17 HOCKEY CHALLENGE in CAPE BRETON, NOVA SCOTIA (December 28 – January 5)...JAEDON DESCHENEAU, who is tied for sixth in the WHL in goals scored with 19, is ninth in the League in points with 39 (19-20-39)...SAM REINHART, who is fifth in the WHL in points with 46 (16-30-46), is fourth in the League in assists with 30...REINHART needs to record five more points to reach 200 in his WHL career.

SCORING STREAKS: SAM REINHART (7-5-12) has recorded at least a point in his last seven games...JAEDON DESCHENEAU (1-4-5) has recorded at least a point in his last three games.

TRANSACTION / INJURY: KOOTENAY has traded Defenseman JEFF HUBIC to TRI-CITY in exchange for a seventh round draft pick in the 2014 WHL BANTAM DRAFT on November 27...Forward KYLE O'CONNOR will be out of the ICE line up one week with a lower body injury.

ONE YEAR AGO: After 29 games of the 2012-2013 season the ICE were 9-19-1-0, after 30 games were 9-20-1-0 and after 31 games were 10-20-1-0.

UPCOMING WEEK:
Tuesday December 3 ICE @ Victoria 8:00 pm (102.9 FM - The Drive)
Wednesday December 4 ICE @ Vancouver 8:00 pm (102.9 FM - The Drive)
Thursday December 5 Travel Day
Friday December 6 ICE @ Kamloops 8:00 pm (102.9 FM - The Drive)
Saturday December 7 ICE @ Kelowna 8:00 pm (102.9 FM - The Drive)

WEEK IN REVIEW:
Saturday, November 30 – Kootenay 1 vs Edmonton 5 – Record 15-12-2-0 – Attendance: 2,153
Goal:
1 - Reinhart (16) from Descheneau and Valiev
Goalie: Mackenzie Skapski (27 Saves, 5 GA)

Starlite Campaign

Cranbrook, BC – It’s been an annual Kootenay ICE tradition to “Shoot for the Star” since the Starlite Campaign began.
Since then the ICE organization and some of its well-known alumni ICE players such as Matt Fraser, Drew Czerwonka, Jesse Ismond, Max Reinhart, Brayden McNabb, Cody Eakin, James Martin & Kevin King took an interest in fundraising for health care through East Kootenay Foundation for Health. The momentum added to the Starlite Campaign by the ICE through game night events, jersey donations and fan donations has reached almost the $40,000 mark.
This year EKFH is taking a different approach to “Shoot for the Star” by honouring one of the stars on the ice - #23 Sam Reinhart. EKFH Chair Brian Clifford explains, “We felt it was a fantastic opportunity for EKFH to say thanks to fans and the ICE for all their Starlite spirit over the years by honouring Sam Reinhart, one of their stars, who is expected to be a forerunner in the 2014 NHL Drafts. “
Although honouring the young and talented center man the Starlite Campaign is still focused on fundraising with a goal of lighting 17 stars and raising $150,000 for community health care initiatives.
EKFH is encouraging fans to consider honouring Reinhart ($5,000 to light a star before the end of January) by making a donation to EKFH and the Starlite Campaign through three different options.
1. Starting now until – January 31, 2014 - Make a donation through www.ekfh.ca, click donate now, select Starlite – Show Your Star Appreciation – Sam Reinhart Kootenay ICE.
2. Starting now until – January 31, 2014 – Make a donation at the Kootenay ICE or East Kootenay Foundation for Health offices.
3. December 27, 2013 – make a donation at the EKFH/Denham Ford “Shoot for the Truck” Event.
At the February 1, 2014 home game, East Kootenay Foundation for Health will show its appreciation to the Kootenay ICE and all the players (past and current) who have supported the foundation by offering the first 950 fans through the main entrance doors a Sam Reinhart bobble head (one per person per paid ticket).
The Starlite Campaign and the East Kootenay Foundation for Health’s mission are to support and strengthen health care initiatives in the East Kootenay. The stars are waiting to shine, on and off the ice... to show your support for Sam and all the ICE players please consider a donation to the Starlite Campaign; www.ekfh.ca.
EKFH is a leader in publically supported health care fund raising practicing responsible allocation of funds that ensures your money is going where it is needed most.

Reinhart Receives Invite

TORONTO, Ont./MONTREAL, Que. - Hockey Canada and the Canadian Hockey League announced Monday that 25 players have been invited to attend Canada’s National Junior Team selection camp, beginning Dec. 12 at the MasterCard Centre for Hockey Excellence in Etobicoke, Ont.

The roster includes two goaltenders, eight defencemen and 15 forwards. Canada’s final roster for the 2014 IIHF World Junior Championship in Malmรถ, Sweden, will include 22 players, and must be finalized by Dec. 25.

Nine of the players invited to the selection camp are from the Western Hockey League, including Edmonton Oil Kings’ defenceman Griffin Reinhart, who played for Canada’s national junior team 1t the 2013 IIHF World Junior Championship. Also included on the list of invitees is former Red Deer Rebels defenceman Mathew Dumba, who is currently playing in the NHL with the Minnesota Wild.

“Hockey Canada is looking forward to an extremely competitive camp in December, as we look to assemble a team that will make all Canadians proud,” said Scott Salmond, Hockey Canada’s senior director of men’s national teams and hockey operations. “This is a first step towards naming our roster for the IIHF World Junior Championship. We look forward to the camp getting underway.”

"On behalf of the Canadian Hockey League, congratulations and best of luck to all of the players named to Canada's National Junior Team Selection Camp," said CHL President David Branch. "The CHL is very proud of our partnership with Hockey Canada and we look forward to watching our players and coaches represent our league at the World Junior Championship in Sweden."

“On behalf of the Program of Excellence management group, I would like to thank Ryan Jankowski for all his work,” said Bruce Hamilton, a member of the Program of Excellence management group. “I would also like to make note of the great contributions of the other members of the management group, Sean Burke, Mark Hunter and Joel Bouchard, who have provided great insight and leadership throughout.”

“I would like to congratulate the 25 players that received an invitation today,” said Ryan Jankowski, head scout for Canada’s National Junior Team. “Canada is fortunate to have great depth of talent, and these players should be proud of this special opportunity. I would also like to thank the general managers and coaches of the Canadian Hockey League for their great support throughout this process.”

In regards to eligible players currently in the NHL, Hockey Canada will continue to communicate with NHL teams and is hopeful players may still be made available to Canada’s National Junior Team.

The 2014 IIHF World Junior Championship will be broadcast on TSN and RDS, Hockey Canada’s official broadcasters. Check local listings for broadcast times in your area.

For more information on Hockey Canada, the Program of Excellence and Canada’s National Junior Team, go to www.HockeyCanada.ca, or follow along through social media at www.facebook.com/hockeycanada, www.twitter.com/hockeycanada and www.twitter.com/hc_men.

WHL PLAYERS NAMED TO CANADA NJT SELECTION CAMP ROSTER:

Defencemen:
**Mathew Dumba, Red Deer Rebels (Currently with Minnesota Wild)
Josh Morrissey, Prince Albert Raiders
Derrick Pouliot, Portland Winterhawks
Griffin Reinhart, Edmonton Oil Kings
Damon Severson, Kelowna Rockets

Forwards:
Curtis Lazar, Edmonton Oil Kings
Taylor Leier, Portland Winterhawks
Nicolas Petan, Portland Winterhawks
Sam Reinhart, Kootenay Ice
Hunter Shinkaruk, Medicine Hat Tigers

Sunday, December 1, 2013

November Team Records

Kootenay – 13 7-6-0-0 14
Calgary - 9 4-4-0-1 9
Edmonton - 10 8-2-0-0 16
Lethbridge - 12 1-10-1-0 3
Medicine Hat - 12 7-4-1-0 15
Red Deer - 13 7-5-0-1 15

Brandon - 13 7-4-2-0 16
Moose Jaw - 13 2-9-2-0 6
Prince Albert - 12 8-3-1-0 17
Regina - 12 7-4-1-0 15
Saskatoon - 12 3-8-1-0 7
Swift Current - 14 9-3-0-2 20

Kamloops - 12 1-8-1-2 5
Kelowna - 11 10-1-0-0 20
Prince George - 13 4-8-0-1 9
Vancouver - 12 6-2-3-1 16
Victoria - 13 9-4-0-0 18

Everett - 14 10-2-2-0 22
Portland - 11 7-2-2-0 16
Seattle - 12 4-6-1-1 10
Spokane - 12 6-4-0-2 14
Tri City - 13 7-4-1-1 16