Sunday, August 31, 2014

ICE Roster Breakdown

Goalies (3)

30 Wyatt Hoflin

Jayden Sittler
18-year-old goalie
Alberta AAA Midget Red Deer 20 GP 12-4-2 2.03 .913% 2 SO
Playoffs 11 9-2 1.61 .931% 3 SO
Kootenay 1 GP 1-0-0 0.00 1.000%

Keelan Williams
18-year-old goalie
AJHL Okotoks 14 GP 8-3-1 2.39 .904% 2 SO

Defense (9)

2 Troy Murray
3 Jordan Steenbergen
7 Tyler King
24 Rinat Valiev
27 Tanner Faith

Bryan Allbee
17-year-old defenseman
BC AAA Midget Cariboo 39 GP 16-21-37 85pm
Playoffs 2 GP 1-0-1 14pm

Cale Fleury
16–year-old defenseman
4th round pick in 2013 Bantam Draft
Sask AAA Midget Notre Dame 44 GP 7-22-29 50pm

Mark O’Shaughnessy
17-year-old defenseman
BC U-18 POE 44 GP 1-21-22 26pm

Dylan Overdyk
17-year-old defenseman
2nd round pick in 2012 Bantam Draft
Alberta AAA Midget Edmonton 29 GP 0-0-0 10pm
Kootenay 4 GP 0-0-0 0pm

Forwards (15)

8 Ryan Chynoweth
9 Kyle O’Connor
11 Jon Martin
12 Luke Philp
14 Jaedon Descheneau
15 Austin Vetterl
21 Matt Alfaro
22 Zak Zborosky
26 Levi Cable

Alexander Chirva
- Moose Jaw 58 GP 2-4-6 15pm

Shane Allan
17-year-old forward
7th round pick in 2012 Bantam Draft
Alberta AAA Midget Calgary 35 GP 11-4-15 20pm

River Beattie
17-year-old forward
6th round pick in 2012 Bantam Draft
AJHL Lloydminster 36 GP 2-2-4 37pm
Playoffs 12 GP 0-0-0 2pm

Jared Legien
16-year-old forward
1st round pick in 2013 Bantam Draft
Sask AAA Midget Moose Jaw 43 GP 13-17-30 20pm
Playoffs 4 GP 0-0-0 0pm

Vince Loschiavo
16-year-old forward
2nd round pick in 2013 Bantam Draft
Manitoba AAA Bantam Winnipeg 23 GP 10-9-19 14pm
Playoffs 6 GP 1-2-3 21pm

Austin Wellsby
17-year-old forward
4th round pick in 2012 Bantam Draft
BC AAA Midget Fraser Valley 38 GP 19-30-49 18pm
Playoffs 2 GP 0-1-1 2pm
Kootenay 5 GP 0-0-0 0pm

ICE Roster to 27

Cranbrook, BC – Jeff Chynoweth, General Manager of the Kootenay ICE Hockey Club, today announced the club has reduced the Training Camp roster to 27 players.

The ICE have added the following players to the exhibition roster:

Jayden Sittler Goaltender January 23, 1996 Red Deer, AB
Keelan Williams Goaltender June 22, 1996 Calgary, AB
Bryan Allbee Defenceman July 11, 1997 Prince George, BC
Cale Fleury Defenceman November 19, 1998 Calgary, AB
Mark O’Shaughnessy Defenceman July 31, 1997 Kelowna, BC
Dylan Overdyk Defenceman August 3, 1997 St. Albert, AB
Shane Allan Forward December 19, 1997 Calgary, AB
River Beattie Forward October 31, 1997 Sherwood Park, AB
Jared Legien Forward September 2, 1998 Pilot Butte, SK
Vince Loschiavo Forward March 21, 1998 Winnipeg, MB
Austin Wellsby Forward June 30, 1997 Chilliwack, BC

Including returning players, the ICE are now carrying three goaltenders, nine defencemen, and 15 forwards (two 1994-born players, eight 1995-born players, seven 1996-born players, seven 1997-born players, and three 1998-born players).

The ICE return home Friday, October 3rd for the 2014-15 Home Opener against the Spokane Chiefs.

ICE Intrasquad Game

Cranbrook, BC – The Kootenay ICE wrapped up training camp with their Annual Intrasquad game at Western Financial Place. $2265 was raised for the United Way.

Team Black won the game 4-3 by winning the shootout 1-0.
Ryan Chynoweth scored the only goal in round 7.
Chynoweth, Vince Loschiavo and Zak Zborosky each had 1 goal and 1 assist.

The ICE will open their preseason with games against Tri City (Thursday), Portland (Friday) and Everett (Saturday) in Kennewick, Washington later this week.

Game Summary

1st Period
B – Chynoweth (Zborosky) 9:19
W – Warkentine (Wellsby, Loschiavo) 16:13
Penalties – B Evenson (boarding) 12:01
2nd Period
B – Cable (Wenzel) 10:14
Penalties - None
3rd Period
W – Loschiavo 1:57
W – Vetterl (Descheneau, King) 13:27
B – Zborosky (Allan, Chynoweth) 16:13
Penalties - None
Shots on goal by
White – 11 – 10 – 4 = 25
Black – 12 – 11 – 13 = 36
Goalies - White: Walter (17 saves on 18 shots) Williams (16 saves on 18 shots) Black: Sittler (15 saves on 16 shots)  Hobbs (8 saves on 9 shots)
Power plays (goals-chances) - White: 0/1 Black:  0/0

Friday, August 29, 2014

Wayne Dougherty Joins The ICE

The ICE now have a Skills and Development Coach and he is Wayne Dougherty.
He runs the Summit Hockey Academy in Calgary. http://summithockey.ca/
He joined the ICE at training camp and will visit the club during the season.
Here is an interview ... http://youtu.be/Ft1jvhdlGaQ

Thursday, August 28, 2014

ICE Camp Report

There are 56 players at camp.
6 are goalies.
There is a big change in the goaltending department as Wyatt Hoflin is now the #1 netminder.
It's his 3rd year with the ICE.
Last year he won the last 3 games of the first round playoff series against Calgary.
Mackenzie Skapski has signed a contract with the NHL New York Rangers and could still be returned to the WHL but the ICE aren't expecting him to return.
The battle is on for the back-up job.
Watch out for - 18-year-old Jayden Sittler who played 1 game with the ICE last year and earned a win in his hometown of Red Deer.
18-year-old Keelan Williams is in his 1st camp with the ICE and played in the AJHL last year.
16-year-old Declan Hobbs is a highly touted netminder who was selected in the 3rd round of the 2013 Bantam draft.

18 are defensemen, 5 played full-time with the ICE last season.
They are Troy Murray, Jordan Steenbergen, Tyler King, Rinat Valiev and Tanner Faith.
The ICE usually carry 7 defensemen during the season so that means there are at least 2 spots open for some new blueliners.
Watch out for - 17-year-old Dylan Overydyk played 4 games with the ICE last season and is a former 2nd round pick by the ICE in the 2012 Bantam Draft.
16-year-old Cale Fleury is the younger brother of Red Deer's Haydn Fleury who was just selected in the first round of the NHL Draft. Like his brother Cale is a great skater and had a great camp with the ICE last year.
Griffen Mendel is at camp, he was the club's 1st pick in this summer's Bantam draft and is too young to play in the WHL full-time this season, but fans have a chance to see him this weekend.

There are 32 forwards.
The ICE have 10 forwards who played regularly in the WHL last year. 9 with the ICE and 1 with Moose Jaw.
The vets are Ryan Chynoweth, Kyle O'Connor, Jon Martin, Luke Philp, Jaedon Descheneau, Austin Vetterl, Matt Alfaro, Zak Zborosky and Levi Cable.
A new face is Russian Alexander Chirva who was selected by the ICE in the Import Draft and played for the Warriors last season.
The ICE usually go with 13 forwards during the regular season so that should mean there are 3 openings.
Watch out for - 17-year-old Austin Wellsby played 5 games with the ICE last year.
Jared Legien was the first round pick in the 2013 Bantam Draft.
Vince Loschiavo was their 2nd round pick in that same draft.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

ICE Camp Players List

Notables Not At Camp

Mackenzie Skapski – will be attending New York Rangers camp, has signed a NHL contract, could still be returned to WHL

Sam Reinhart – will be attending Buffalo Sabres camp, has signed a NHL contract, could still be returned to WHL

Tim Bozon – will be attending Montreal Canadiens camp, has signed a NHL contract, expected to play in AHL

Jake Dube – 18-year-old defenseman was 5th round pick in the 2011 Bantam draft, played for AJHL Okotoks last year

Jack Thomas – 18-year-old defenseman was 12th round pick in the 2011 Bantam draft

Andy Stevens – 16-year-old defenseman was a 5th round pick in the 2013 Bantam draft

Robert Johnson – 16-year-old forward was a 5th round pick in the 2013 Bantam draft, will play in Trail and is planning to play for Air Force in 2 years

Austin Nault – 15-year-old forward was a 9th round pick in the 2014 Bantam draft, will play in USHL this year

Camp invites include …
Harris Pearce – younger brother of former ICE forward Elgin Pearce
Noah Philp – younger brother of Luke Philp
Tanner McKechnie – Father Darrin is Assistant Coach with Regina Pats
Carter Barley – younger brother of ICE Draft pick Connor Barley

Goalies (6)

30 Wyatt Hoflin Jan 31/95 19 Stony Plain, Alb 6’1” 179 lbs Goalie / Left
- 27 GP 10-8-0-1 2.92 .904% Playoffs 6 GP 4-1 4.19 .898%
- 16 GP 1-10-1-0 3.82 .881% Playoffs 2 GP 0-0 6.55 .806%
- Career 43 GP 11-18-1-1 3.23 .895% Career Playoffs 8 GP 4-1 4.63 .883%

Declan Hobbs
16-year-old goalie
Aug 19/98
Saskatoon, Sask
3rd round pick in 2013 Bantam Draft
Sask AAA Midget Saskatoon 18 GP 13-3-1 2.26 .921% 1 SO

Jayden Sittler
18-year-old goalie
Jan 23/96
Red Deer, Alb
Alberta AAA Midget Red Deer 20 GP 12-4-2 2.03 .913% 2 SO
Playoffs 11 9-2 1.61 .931% 3 SO
Kootenay 1 GP 1-0-0 0.00 1.000%

Jakob Walter
15-year-old goalie
May 16/99
West Kamloops, BC
2nd round pick in 2014 Bantam Draft
BC AAA Bantam Kamloops 35 GP 18-12-0 2.15

Keelan Williams
18-year-old goalie
June 22/96
Calgary, Alb
AJHL Okotoks 14 GP 8-3-1 2.39 .904% 2 SO

Calum Humble
15-year-old goalie
/99

Defense (18)

2 Troy Murray Sept 12/97 17 White City, Sask 6’1” 175 lbs Defense / Left
- 64 GP 0-12-12 10pm Playoffs 13 GP 0-1-1 5pm
- Career 64 GP 0-12-12 10pm Career Playoffs

3 Jordan Steenbergen Jan 18/96 18 Sylvan Lake, Alb 6’0” 191 lbs Defense / Left
- 49 GP 0-3-3 59pm Playoffs 13 GP 0-0-0 6pm
- 1 GP 0-0-0 2pm Alberta AAA Midget Red Deer 32 GP 3-13-16 28pm
- Career 50 GP 0-3-3 61pm Career Playoffs 13 GP 0-0-0 6pm

7 Tyler King Feb 18/95 19 Pilot Butte, Sask 6’0” 195 lbs Defense / Left
- Spokane/Kootenay 69 GP 2-18-20 42pm Playoffs 4 GP 0-0-0 2pm
- Spokane 53 GP 6-13-19 20pm Playoffs 9 GP 1-0-1 6pm
- 42 GP 1-2-3 16pm Playoffs 5 GP 0-1-1 0pm
- Career 164 GP 9-33-42 78pm Career Playoffs 18 GP 1-1-2 8pm

24 Rinat Valiev May 11/95 19 Nizhnekamsk, Russia 6’1” 205 lbs Defense / Left
- 55 GP 5-23-28 68pm Playoffs 13 GP 1-8-9 16pm
- Career 55 GP 5-23-28 68pm Career Playoffs 13 GP 1-8-9 16pm

27 Tanner Faith Oct 5/95 19 Wilcox, Sask 6’3” 211 lbs Defense / Right
- 10 GP 0-1-1 9pm Playoffs inj
- 55 GP 2-6-8 35pm Playoffs 5 GP 0-0-0 2pm
- Sask AAA Midget Notre Dame 21 GP 3-5-8 32pm
- 4 GP 0-0-0 2pm Sask AAA Midget Notre Dame 29 GP 4-5-9 32pm
- Career 69 GP 2-7-9 46pm Career Playoffs 5 GP 0-0-0 2pm

Bryan Allbee
17-year-old defenseman
July 11/97
Prince George, BC
BC AAA Midget Cariboo 39 GP 16-21-37 85pm
Playoffs 2 GP 1-0-1 14pm

Cale Fleury
16–year-old defenseman
Nov 19/98
Carlyle Sask
4th round pick in 2013 Bantam Draft
Sask AAA Midget Notre Dame 44 GP 7-22-29 50pm

Dallas Hines
16–year-old defenseman
Feb 5/98
Marwayne, Alb
5th round pick in 2013 Bantam Draft
Alberta Minor Midget Lloydminster 33 GP 7-16-23 54pm

Sam Huston
15-year-old defenseman
May 31/99
Brandon, Man
9th round pick in 2014 Bantam Draft
Manitoba AAA Bantam Brandon 30 GP 5-12-17 32pm

Matt Krawiec
16-year-old defenseman
Mar 14/98
Red Deer, Alb
6th round pick in 2013 Bantam Draft
Alberta AAA Minor Midget Red Deer 37 GP 1-18-19 16pm

Griffin Mendel
15-year-old defenseman
Feb 18/99
Kelowna, BC
1st round pick in 2014 Bantam Draft
BC AAA Bantam Kelowna 17 GP 3-6-9 2pm

Mark O’Shaughnessy
17-year-old defenseman
July 31/97
Kelowna, BC
BC U-18 POE 44 GP 1-21-22 26pm

Dylan Overdyk
17-year-old defenseman
Aug 3/97
St. Albert, Alb
2nd round pick in 2012 Bantam Draft
Alberta AAA Midget Edmonton 29 GP 0-0-0 10pm
Kootenay 4 GP 0-0-0 0pm

Jason Wenzel
16-year-old defenseman
/98
Calgary, Alb
Alberta AAA Midget Calgary 37 GP 14-18-32 78pm

Austin Wieler
15-year-old forward
June 18/99
Laird, Sask
7th round pick in 2014 Bantam Draft
Sask AA Bantam Sask Valley 28 GP 2-21-23 14pm

Connor Henderson
15-year-old defensman
/99

Jayden Pannu
15-year-old defenseman
/99

Ethan Fawcett
15-year-old defenseman
/99

Forwards (32)

8 Ryan Chynoweth Apr 8/95 19 Cranbrook, BC 6’1” 175 lbs Centre / Left
- Tri City/Kootenay 45 GP 4-6-10 73pm Playoffs
- Everett/Tri City 37 GP 1-3-4 48pm Playoffs 4 GP 0-0-0 5pm
- Everett 66 GP 2-6-8 40pm Playoffs 4 GP 0-0-0 2pm
- 1 GP 0-0-0 0pm Alberta AAA Midget Lethbridge 29 GP 8-8-16 62pm
- Career 149 GP 7-15-22 161pm Career Playoffs 8 GP 0-0-0 7pm

9 Kyle O’Connor Jan 30/96 18 Calgary, Alb 6’2” 181 lbs Center / Right
- 41 GP 3-2-5 4pm Playoffs 13 GP 1-0-1 2pm
- 70 GP 6-9-15 19pm Playoffs 5 GP 0-0-0 0pm
- Career 11 GP 9-11-20 23pm Career Playoffs 18 GP 1-0-1 2pm

11 Jon Martin Aug 23/95 19 Winnipeg, Man 6’2” 212 lbs Centre / Right
- 63 GP 10-8-18 105pm Playoffs 13 GP 2-1-3 8pm
- 68 GP 9-7-16 97pm Playoffs 5 GP 0-0-0 10pm
- 59 GP 6-4-10 52pm Playoffs 2 GP 0-0-0 2pm
- Career 190 GP 25-19-44 254pm Career Playoffs 20 GP 2-1-3 20pm

12 Luke Philp Nov 6/95 19 Canmore, Alb 5’10” 177 lbs Centre / Right
- 71 GP 31-46-77 31pm Playoffs 13 GP 5-8-13 17pm
- 66 GP 20-25-45 24pm Playoffs 5 GP 2-1-3 0pm
- 17 GP 1-1-1 2pm Playoffs 3 GP 0-0-0 0pm AJHL Canmore 48 GP 16-30-46 28pm
- Career 37 GP 21-26-47 26pm Career Playoffs 21 GP 7-9-16 17pm

14 Jaedon Descheneau Feb 22/95 19 Edmonton, Alb 5’9” 186 lbs Centre / Right
- 70 GP 44-54-98 54pm Playoffs 13 GP 10-10-20 6pm
- 69 GP 30-48-78 22pm Playoffs 5 GP 0-1-1 2pm
- 54 GP 3-11-14 24pm Playoffs 4 GP 0-0-0 0pm
- Career 193 GP 77-113-190 100pm Career Playoffs 22 GP 10-11-21 8pm

15 Austin Vetterl Feb 2/94 20 Surrey, BC 5’11” 178 lbs Centre / Right
- 72 GP 12-19-31 47pm Playoffs 13 GP 2-5-7 23pm
- Kootenay 66 GP 5-16-21 34pm Playoffs 5 GP 0-0-0 8pm
- Vancouver 60 GP 7-10-17 27pm Playoffs
- 4 GP 0-0-0 0pm BC AAA Midget Valley West 37 GP 10-27-37 89pm
- Career 202 24-45-69 108pm Career Playoffs 18 GP 2-5-7 31pm

21 Matt Alfaro Aug 6/96 18 Calgary, Alb 6’2” 181 lbs Left Wing / Left
- 65 GP 2-11-13 16pm Playoffs 13 GP 1-2-3 2pm
- Career 65 GP 2-11-13 16pm Career Playoffs 13 GP 1-2-3 2pm

22 Zak Zborosky Oct 15/96 18 Regina, Sask 6’0” 172 lbs Right Wing / Right
- 66 GP 8-12-20 10pm Playoffs 13 GP 0-0-0 5pm
- Career 66 GP 8-12-20 10pm Career Playoffs 13 GP 0-0-0 5pm

26 Levi Cable Aug 31/94 20 Hudson Bay, Sask 5’11” 177 lbs Right Wing / Right
- 70 GP 10-12-22 13pm Playoffs 13 GP 7-3-10 2pm
- 67 GP 14-20-34 7pm Playoffs inj
- 56 GP 3-7-10 13pm Playoffs 4 GP 0-0-0 0pm
- 4 GP 0-0-0 2pm Playoffs Sask AAA Midget Yorkton 34 GP 23-22-45 20pm
- Career 197 GP 27-39-66 35pm Career Playoffs 17 GP 7-3-10 2pm

Alexander Chirva Mar 25/96 18 Moscow, Russia 6’1” 180 lbs Centre / Right
- Moose Jaw 58 GP 2-4-6 15pm
- Career 58 GP 2-4-6 15pm Career Playoffs

Shane Allan
17-year-old forward
Dec 19/97
Calgary, Alb
7th round pick in 2012 Bantam Draft
Alberta AAA Midget Calgary 35 GP 11-4-15 20pm

Linden Babcock
15-year-old forward
Nov 5/99
Calgary, Alb
5th round pick in 2014 Bantam Draft
Alberta AAA Bantam Calgary 32 GP 14-10-24 6pm

Connor Barley
16-year-old forward
Feb 25/98
Winnipeg, Man
7th round pick in 2013 Bantam Draft
Manitoba AAA Midget Winnipeg 33 GP 13-9-22 37pm

River Beattie
17-year-old forward
Oct 31/97
Sherwood Park, Alb
6th round pick in 2012 Bantam Draft
AJHL Lloydminster 36 GP 2-2-4 37pm
Playoffs 12 GP 0-0-0 2pm

Thomas Goldade
15-year-old forward
Apr 16/99
Regina, Sask
11th round pick in 2014 Bantam Draft
Sask AA Bantam Regina 31 GP 20-16-36 30pm

Jared Legien
16-year-old forward
Sept 2/98
Pilot Butte, Sask
1st round pick in 2013 Bantam Draft
Sask AAA Midget Moose Jaw 43 GP 13-17-30 20pm
Playoffs 4 GP 0-0-0 0pm

Vince Loschiavo
16-year-old forward
Mar 21/98
Winnipeg, Man
2nd round pick in 2013 Bantam Draft
Manitoba AAA Bantam Winnipeg 23 GP 10-9-19 14pm
Playoffs 6 GP 1-2-3 21pm

Max Patterson
15-year-old forward
Dec 27/99
Kamloops, BC
4th round pick in 2014 Bantam Draft
BC AAA Bantam Max Patterson 57 GP 17-40-57 44pm

Logan Schatz
17-year-old forward
Sept 16/97
Allan, Sask
9th round pick in 2012 Bantam Draft
Sask AAA Midget Beardy’s 44 GP 19-30-49 22pm
SJHL Humboldt 1 GP 0-3-3 2pm Playoffs 6 GP 0-1-1 0pm

Evan Thomas
15-year-old forward
Sept 6/99
Saskatoon, Sask
10th round pick in 2014 Bantam Draft
Sask AA Bantam Saskatoon 29 GP 17-33-50 30pm

Brett Trentham
15-year-old forward
Mar 8/99
Three Hills, Alb
8th round pick in 2014 Bantam Draft
Alberta AAA Bantam Airdrie 33 GP 21-31-52 10pm

Drew Warkentine
16-year-old forward
Sept 23/98
Prince Albert, Sask
5th round pick in 2013 Bantam Draft
Sask AAA Midget Tisdale 43 GP 6-14-20 47pm
Playoffs 5 GP 2-0-2 8pm

Austin Wellsby
17-year-old forward
June 30/97
Kelowna, BC
4th round pick in 2012 Bantam Draft
BC AAA Midget Fraser Valley 38 GP 19-30-49 18pm
Playoffs 2 GP 0-1-1 2pm
Kootenay 5 GP 0-0-0 0pm

Mark Klassen
17-year-old forward
/97

Harris Pearce
15-year-old forward
/99

Liam Maley
16-year-old forward
/98

Noah Philp
16-year-old forward
/98

Brody Ryan
15-year-old forward
/99

Eric Olson
15-year-old forward
/99

Carter Barley
15-year-old forward
/99

Liam Evenson
15-year-old forward
/99

Tanner McKechnie
16-year-old forward
/98

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Cross and Peel Not At ICE Camp

Overage defensemen Landon Cross and Landon Peel have not reported to training camp.
They have told the ICE that they want to play in the MJHL.

ICE GM Jeff Chynoweth explained the situation ...
"Both players have informed us a different points in the summer that they would like to play Junior A this year in Manitoba. Landon Cross in Steinbach and Landon Peel in Portage. Unfortunately both players are going to be suspended for not reporting to camp and fulfilling their 20-year-old year of their WHL Standard Contract. How long the suspension lasts, I don't know. But I know the WHL is working with Hockey Manitoba and the Manitoba Junior League. It disappoints us that both guys aren't coming back. Not that we would have carried 2 20-year-old defensemen with what was coming back, definitely one of those two was going to be a big part of our hockey club. It's disappointing and we have to move on from it."

On why the WHL is involved ...
"I think they're concerned about players not fulfilling their contracts. When they signed their contracts they're for 5 years, usually from 16 to 20 and includes their 20-year-old season. Some of these players think that they have a chance to go play in a lower league, have some fun, maybe make a little more money you know playing that way, I don't know you'd have to ask each individual player. From our end it's just disappointing, from the league's end they've had our 2 players, they've had Reid Gow from Spokane and there's rumblings of a couple of other players. We've got to stick together as the Western Hockey League and the 22 teams because if players just want to walk whenever they can it doesn't bode well for our future."

On down to 2 overagers with Levi Cable and Austin Vetterl ...
"We'll see what happens if Mackenzie Skapski comes back. We'll deal with it at that time. Obviously Wyatt Hoflin gave us a big lift last year in the first round of the playoffs, won the series against Calgary. We think he is ready to be the number one guy so obviously if Mackenzie comes back we've got to make a decision on what's best for our organization moving forward. Until he's back we can't do anything."

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.

Leading the group of ICE players is forward, and second overall selection in this past June's NHL Entry Draft Sam Reinhart, who will attend Buffalo Sabres camp. Fellow forwards Jaedon Descheneau (St. Louis Blues) and Tim Bozon (Montreal Canadiens), defensemen Rinat Valiev (Toronto Maple Leafs) and Tanner Faith (Minnesota Wild), along with goaltender Mackenzie Skapski (New York Rangers) will all participate in their respective NHL camps as drafted players. In addition, forwards Luke Philp (Toronto Maple Leafs) and Jon Martin (Vancouver Canucks) have also been invited to attend NHL camps next month.

"Our organization is extremely proud to see eight roster players attend NHL camps this September," said Chynoweth. "The opportunity to participate in a training camp at the NHL level will be a rewarding and learning experience for each of them, and we're hopeful that experience will carry over into the upcoming season."

Kootenay ICE Training Camp begins Wednesday, August 27th at Western Financial Place, running through Sunday, August 31st with the annual United Way Black / White Intrasquad Game beginning at 12:00 pm.

Cranbrook, BC – Jeff Chynoweth, General Manager of the Kootenay ICE Hockey Club, today announced all proceeds from the 16th annual Black / White Intrasquad Game will once again be donated to the Cranbrook and Kimberley United Way.

The Black / White Intrasquad Game is scheduled for Sunday, August 31st at Western Financial Place beginning at 12:00 pm. The game will feature players competing to earn a spot on the 2014-2015 ICE roster along with top bantam draft selections.

“We are proud to continue a tradition of partnering with charitable organizations within our local community. Over the past 15 years, more than $30,000.00 has been raised for the Cranbrook and Kimberley United Way through this event,” said Chynoweth.

Fans wishing to attend the Black / White Intrasquad Game are asked to bring a minimum donation to the Cranbrook and Kimberley United Way of $5.00 per person.

Monday, August 25, 2014

ICE Pre-Camp Notes

Some of the ICE returning players were on the ice Monday morning.
It included Nathan Lieuwen, Brock Montgomery and Adam Cracknell.
Joey Leach will be in town later this week.
Alexander Chirva who was selected by the ICE in the Import Draft and played for Moose Jaw last year was also on the ice.

Camp registration is on Tuesday, once completed we will receive a list of the players attending.
Look for around 60 players to be at camp.

Did a pre-camp interview with ICE GM Jeff Chynoweth and here is a quick recap on his comments ...

NHL signed players Sam Reinhart, Mackenzie Skapski and Tim Bozon will not be at ICE camp.
They do not expect any of them to return to the ICE but if they do it wouldn't be until the middle of October at the earliest.
The other ICE players who are going to NHL camps will be with the ICE for camp and the first 3 preseason games.
2 or 3 16-year-old could make the club.
There is room for a few 17-year-olds to earn a roster spot.

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Training Camp Schedule

Wednesday, August 27, 2014
Veterans Practice 9:00 am - 10:15 am
Prospect Game 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
Goaltenders Session 4:45 pm – 5:30 pm
Prospect Game 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Thursday, August 28, 2014
Team Blue Practice 9:00 am – 10:15 am
Game - Team White vs. Team Black 11:00 am – 1:00 pm
Team White Practice 4:00 pm – 5:15 pm
Game - Team Blue vs. Team Black 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Friday, August 29, 2014
Team Black Practice 9:00 am – 10:15 am
Game - Team Blue vs. Team White 11:00 am – 1:00 pm
Goaltenders Session (Team White Shooters) 4:45 pm – 5:30 pm
Game - Team Black vs. Team Blue 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Saturday, August 30, 2014
Game - Team White vs. Team Black 9:00 am – 11:00 am
Game - Team Blue vs. Team White 2:30 pm - 4:30 pm

Sunday, August 31, 2014
Annual Black / White Charity Intrasquad Game 12:00 pm – 2:30 pm

Friday, August 15, 2014

ICE Things

Training camp starts on August 25th.
The Annual Intrasquad game will be Sunday August 31st at 12p.
The ICE will release a complete training Camp schedule in the coming days.
On the radio we will have daily reports and there will also be updates on the blog and twitter.
As always, there will be reports and updates on every preseason game.

Speaking of radio, our ICE Pack promotion has been finalized.
There are 21 sponsors (9 last year) and if you used every coupon you will save $1200.
These go to every season ticket holder and remember there is still time to get your season tickets.
The home opener is October 3rd as the ICE will play 7 of their first 8 games on the road.

A new promotion starts next week.
It's called ICE Box Thursday's.
Every Thursday the radio stations will be on location from 1-4.
There will be giveaways, interviews with ICE staff and players and a few other surprizes.
We will do this every week until the regular season starts.

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Canada U-18

Goaltenders
Callum Booth Quebec (QMJHL)
Zachary Sawchenko Moose Jaw (WHL)

Defense
Ethan Bear Seattle (WHL)
Guillaume Brisebois Acadie-Bathurst (QMJHL)
Connor Hobbs Medicine Hat (WHL)
Nicolas Meloche Baie-Comeau (QMJHL)
Jérémy Roy Sherbrooke (QMJHL)
Matthew Spencer Peterborough (OHL)
Mitchell Vande Sompel Oshawa (OHL)

Forwards
Mathew Barzal Seattle (WHL)
Anthony Beauvillier Shawinigan (QMJHL)
Lawson Crouse Kingston (OHL)
Jansen Harkins Prince George (WHL)
Graham Knott Niagara (OHL)
Travis Konecny Ottawa (OHL)
Mitchell Marner London (OHL)
Nick Merkley Kelowna (WHL)
Adam Musil Red Deer (WHL)
Nicolas Roy Chicoutimi (QMJHL)
Tyler Soy Victoria (WHL)
Mitchell Stephens Saginaw (OHL)
Dylan Strome Erie (OHL)

Jody Hull Head Coach
Shaun Clouston Assistant Coach Medicine Hat
Martin Raymond Assistant Coach
Cory Cameron Therapist Kootenay ICE

Friday, July 18, 2014

Bozon Returns To Game Action

From NHL.com

Montreal Canadiens prospect Tim Bozon is returning to competitive hockey more than four months after spending four weeks in a Saskatchewan hospital while battling a severe form of meningitis.

A 2012 third-round pick (No. 64) of the Canadiens, Bozon will play for France at an Under-23 tournament in Ostrava, Czech Republic that begins July 31.

Bozon, 20, was playing for the Kootenay Ice of the Western Hockey League when he was diagnosed with Neisseria Meningitis on March 1 after a 4-2 win against the Saskatoon Blades. He was taken to Royal University Hospital in Saskatoon, and spent part of his time there in a medically-induced coma to reduce swelling around his brain.

Since being released from the hospital March 28 Bozon has been working his way back to health. He has been working with Canadiens training staff and began skating June 5. He recently sent a message on Twitter expressing his excitement at playing again.

Bozon, the son of former NHL player Philippe Bozon, was born in St. Louis but grew up playing hockey in Switzerland before coming to North America. He also has French citizenship through his father, who was born in France.

Joining France in the tournament are Dukla Jihlava, a top-division Czech club, plus club teams from Poland, Slovakia and the Czech Republic.

In 203 WHL games with the Ice and Kamloops Blazers, Bozon has 105 goals and 231 points.

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Reinhart Signs

The Buffalo Sabres today announced that the team has signed forward Sam Reinhart to a three-year, entry level contract.

The second overall pick in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft, Reinhart (6’1”, 190 lbs., 11/6/95) became the Sabres' highest draft pick since the team selected Pierre Turgeon first overall in 1987. He joins the Sabres organization after playing four years in the Western Hockey League (WHL) for the Kootenay Ice.

In addition to serving as Kootenay’s captain in 2013-14, he was named the WHL 2013-14 Player of the Year and Most Sportsmanlike Player of the Year.

“We are very excited to have Sam under contract,” said Sabres General Manager Tim Murray. “We look forward to watching him develop and become an important part of our organization in the future.”

In 2013-14, Reinhart led Kootenay with 105 points (36+69) in 60 games, tying for fourth overall in the WHL. He also led his team with 23 points (6+17) in 13 playoff games, advancing three rounds before Kootenay fell to the Portland Winterhawks in the Western Conference Championship.

Through his four seasons with Kootenay and the WHL, the North Vancouver, British Columbia native has recorded 254 points (101+153) in 203 games. Additionally, he captained Canada’s gold medal-winning teams at both the 2012 Ivan Hlinka Memorial and the 2013 Under-18 World Championship.

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Valiev Signs

Rinat Valiev has signed a 3-year entry level contract with Toronto who selected him in the 3rd round of the 2014 Draft.

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

NHL CSS Futures List

WHL
Alexander Baer C Vancouver 5'9 153
Mathew Barzal C Seattle 5'11 174
Ethan Bear D Seattle 5'10 203
Paul Bittner LW Portland 6'4 201
Taz Burman G Red Deer 6'0 161
Brandon Carlo D Tri-City 6'4 184
Jake DeBrusk LW Swift Current 5'10 164
Jesse Gabrielle LW Brandon 5'10 199
Ryan Gropp LW Seattle 6'2 173
Jansen Harkins C Prince George 6'0 170
Cameron Hebig C Saskatoon 5'9 164
Noah Juulsen D Everett 6'0 166
Nick Merkley C Kelowna 5'9 177
Troy Murray D Kootenay 6'0 174
Adam Musil C Red Deer 6'2 190
Dmitry Osipov D Vancouver 6'3 192
Ryan Pilon D Brandon 6'1 212
Parker Wotherspoon D Tri-City 5'10 168
Zachary Zborosky C Kootenay 5'11 168
AJHL
Cameron Hughes C Spruce Grove 5'10 144
BCHL
Carter Cochrane D Chilliwack 5'10 190
CCHL
Chase Pearson C Cornwall 6'1 180
HIGH-CT
Taggart Corriveau C/RW Westminster 5'11 161
HIGH-IN
Karch Bachman C Culver Academy 6'11 170
HIGH-MI
Sam Miletic LW Cranbrook Kingswood 5'11 188
HIGH-MN
Brock Boeser RW Brunsville 5'11 188
Matthew Freytag LW Wayzata 6'0 191
Jack McNeely D Lakeville North 6'2 170
Tom Novak LW St. Thomas 5'11 172
Jack Sadek D Lakeville North 6'2 177
HIGH-NH
AJ Greer LW Kimball Union 6'2 204
HIGH-QC
Frederic Foulem G Stanstead College 6'1 161
OHL
Mackenzie Blackwood G Barrie 6'2 205
Doug Blaisdell D Kitchener 6'2 205
Lawson Crouse LW Kingston 6'3 198
Travis Dermott D Erie 5'11 195
Vince Dunn D Niagara 5'11 188
Sam Harding C Oshawa 5'11 164
Travis Konecny C Ottawa 5'9 172
Nikita Korostelev RW Sarnia 6'1 198
Justin Lemcke D Belleville 6'1 198
Mitchell Marner C London 5'10 149
Hayden McCool C Niagara 6'2 196
Connor McDavid C Erie 6'0 185
Brett McKenzie C North Bay 6'1 196
David Miller C Sault Ste. Marie 5'8 166
Dante Salituro C Ottawa 5'7 196
Dylan Strome C Erie 6'2 177
Mitchell Vande Sompel D Oshawa 5'9 180
Connor Walters D Owen Sound 5'11 193
OJHL
Dennis Gilbert D Buffalo Jr. Sabres 6'2 190
QMJHL
Anthony Beauvillier LW Shawinigan 5'10 165
Jason Bell D Cape Breton 6'1 187
Callum Booth G Quebec 6'2 196
Guillaume Brisebois D Acadie-Bathurst 6'1 162
Alexandre Carrier D Gatineau 5'10 165
Gabriel Gagne RW Victoriaville 6'4 179
Olivier Galipeau D Val-d'Or 6'0 196
David Henley D Charlottetown 6'4 185
Kameron Kielly RW Charlottetown 6'0 179
Bradley Lalonde D Cape Breton 5'11 184
Jeremy Lauzon D Rouyn-Noranda 6'1 187
Timo Meier RW Halifax 6'0 201
Nicolas Meloche D Baie-Comeau 6'2 198
Connor Moynihan LW Halifax 6'3 201
Philippe Myers D Rouyn-Noranda 6'3 189
Nathan Noel C Saint John 5'10 164
Jeremy Roy D Sherbrooke 5'11 183
Nicolas Roy C Chicoutimi 6'3 190
Daniel Sprong RW Charlottetown 5'11 172
USHL
Chris Birdsall G Cedar Rapids 5'10 175
Nick Boka D USA U-17 6'1 193
Jeremy Bracco RW USA U-17 5'9 154
Kyle Connor C Youngstown 6'1 170
Tory Dello D Tri-City 6'0 175
Jack Eichel C USA U-18 6'2 193
Christian Fischer C USA U-17 6'0 201
Casey Fitzgerald D USA U-17 5'10 174
Jakob Forsbacka Karlsson C Omaha 6'0 181
Brent Gates C Green Bay 6'1 172
Jordan Greenway LW USA U-17 6'4 214
Noah Hanifan D USA U-17 6'2 200
Cooper Marody C Muskegon 5'11 165
Ivan Provorov D Cedar Rapids 6'0 193
Brendan Warren LW USA U-17 6'0 176
Zachary Werenski D USA U-17 6'1 206
Colin White RW USA U-17 6'0 178
USPHL PRE
John Marino D South Shore 6'0 170