Thursday, June 28, 2012

NHL Camps

Joey Leach (Winnipeg) and Mackenzie Skapski (Minnesota) have been invited to NHL development camps.

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

ICE Regular Season Schedule

Cranbrook, BC -- Jeff Chynoweth, General Manager of the Kootenay ICE Hockey Club, today released the Club’s 2012-2013 WHL regular season schedule. The ICE will open their 15th season in the East Kootenay's region on the road on Thursday, September 20th in Edmonton. Kootenay will host the Regina Pats for their home opener on Friday, September 28th. The ICE will play a 72 game schedule (36 at home and 36 on the road) concluding Saturday, March 16 in Calgary.

Kootenay will play the Central Division teams a total of 34 times, Calgary and Red Deer eight times (four at home, four on the road), Edmonton, Medicine Hat, and Lethbridge six times (three at home, three on the road). In the East Division, the ICE will play Brandon, Moose Jaw, Prince Albert, Regina, Saskatoon, and Swift Current four times each (two at home, two on the road). In the BC Division, Kootenay will play Kamloops, Kelowna, Prince George, Vancouver and Victoria once at home. In the US Division the ICE will play Spokane five times (two at home, three on the road) and Everett, Portland, Seattle, and Tri-City once on the road.

Of their 36 home games, the ICE will play 25 of them on weekends including 12 on Friday, nine on Saturday and four on Sunday. The remaining games will be played on Wednesday (six) and Tuesday (four) and Monday (one).

Start times at the Cranbrook Recreation Complex will remain the same with all Tuesday to Saturday games starting at 7:00 pm, while all Sunday home games will start at 6:00 pm. The game on Monday, December 31st against Calgary will start at 5:00 pm.

2012-2013 Season Tickets remain on sale at the ICE office.

September (2 Road – 2 Home)
Thu 20 @ Edmonton
Sat 22 @ Calgary
Fri 28 Regina
Sat 29 Lethbridge

October (1 Road – 8 Home)
Sun 7 Prince Albert
Wed 10 Prince George
Fri 12 Saskatoon
Sun 14 Edmonton
Fri 19 @ Red Deer
Sat 20 Kamloops
Sun 21 Red Deer
Wed 24 Regina
Fri 26 Swift Current

November (6 Road – 6 Home)
Fri 2 Saskatoon
Sat 3 Vancouver
Sun 4 @ Medicine Hat
Sat 10 Moose Jaw
Sun 11 @ Calgary
Fri 16 Brandon
Sat 17 Brandon
Wed 21 @ Seattle
Fri 23 @ Portland
Sat 24 @ Everett
Wed 28 Edmonton
Fri 30 @ Edmonton

December (7 Road – 5 Home)
Sun 2 @ Calgary
Tue 4 Calgary
Fri 7 Prince Albert
Sat 8 @ Lethbridge
Tue 11 Kelowna
Fri 14 @ Prince Albert
Sat 15 @ Saskatoon
Sun 16 @ Swift Current
Tue 18 @ Red Deer
Fri 28 Spokane
Sat 29 @ Spokane
Mon 31 Calgary

January (9 Road – 6 Home)
Wed 2 Red Deer
Fri 4 Swift Current
Sun 6 Red Deer
Tue 8 Edmonton
Fri 11 Medicine Hat
Sat 12 @ Spokane
Tue 15 @ Saskatoon
Wed 16 @ Prince Albert
Fri 18 @ Regina
Sat 19 @ Moose Jaw
Wed 23 Medicine Hat
Fri 25 @ Moose Jaw
Sat 26 @ Regina
Wed 30 @ Edmonton
Thu 31 @ Red Deer
February (6 Road – 5 Home)
Sat 2 Lethbridge
Fri 8 Spokane
Sat 9 Moose Jaw
Sun 10 @ Medicine Hat
Wed 13 Victoria
Fri 15 @ Brandon
Sat 16 @ Brandon
Mon 18 @ Swift Current
Sat 23 Calgary
Sun 24 @ Lethbridge
Wed 27 @ Medicine Hat

March (5 Road – 4 Home)
Fri 1 Red Deer
Sat 2 Medicine Hat
Tue 5 @ Red Deer
Fri 8 @ Tri City
Sat 9 @ Spokane
Tue 12 Lethbridge
Wed 13 @ Lethbridge
Fri 15 Calgary
Sat 16 @ Calgary

Chynoweth Comments on Import Draft

GM Jeff Chynoweth
on 1st pick Petr Vesely
"We know Petr had a very good year last year in junior in the Czech Republic. He was 5th in the league in scoring and the second leading 1994-born player with 60 points in 43 games. You need to score goals to win games and we think once he gets adjusted to the North American game, as it takes all players time coming over here to adjust, we hope he can add some offense to our team."

on where he will fit into the line-up
"Our 1994 age group up front is very thin. Levi Cable is our only returning player and we picked up Jordyn Boyd (trade with Everett) and we are hoping these 2 new players will eventually will be key contributers to our club as we are going to be a very young club this year."

on 2nd pick Jakub Prochazka
"He's got a late birthday and is not available until next years' NHL Draft. I've heard good things about him. In talking with some people that we know the reports were pretty good. They say both players have potential to be top 6 forwards at some point in their career, I just think it will be right off the bat. He's got some skill and an edge to his game with 69 penalty minutes in 37 games last year."

on making 2 picks this year
"The main thing for us is that we are paying for the Cody Eakin deal this year big time. By that I mean Colby Cave was part of that deal and he would definitely have been a part of our group this year. We're going to be such a young team this year, probably 8-10 1995-born players and thats too young as you still win in the WHL with 18, 19 and quality 20-year-olds. This is the best way to replenish the talent pool and these guys play a high level of hockey, maybe not the same level as the CHL but if you put up numbers at any level and people will take notice."

ICE Select Petr Vesely & Jakub Prochazka

The Kootenay ICE selected 2 18-year-old forwards from the Czech Republic in todays' CHL Import Draft. With the 29th pick they took Petr Vesely who had 25 goals and 60 points last season.
The ICE traded their 8th round pick in next years Bantam Draft to Tri City for their 1st pick and selected Jakub Prochazka who had 8 goals and 20 points last season.

From the ICE office ...
Cranbrook, BC – Jeff Chynoweth, General Manager of the Kootenay ICE Hockey Club announced today the Club has selected 18-year-old Forward Petr Vesely (1st round, 29th overall) and 17-year-old Forward Jakub Prochazka in today's 21st annual CHL import Draft. Kootenay's second selection (59th overall) was acquired from the Tri-City Americans for a 8th round pick in the 2013 WHL Bantam Draft. "It is very difficult to draft any Import player as for the most part teams have not had the opportunity to watch these players over the course of the season, but we have received good reporters on both players. We are very thin at the forward position in the 1994 age group and are hoping these players, once they get acclimatized to the North American game will be key contributors to our team, "continued Chynoweth. Both Petr Vesely and Jakub Prochazka will arrive in Cranbrook in late August.
Birthdate: March 10, 1994
Country: Czech Republic
Position: Forward
Shoots: Left
Height: 5'11"
Weight: 170 lbs.
NHL Draft: Eligible 2013
2011-2012 Team: HC Kladno PZ - Czech Junior League GP: 43 G: 25 A: 35 TP: 60 PIM: 32

Birthdate: November 18, 1994
Country: Czech Republic
Position: Forward
Shoots: Left
Height: 6'0"
Weight: 170 lbs.
NHL Draft: Eligible 2013
2011-2012 Team: HC Litvinov - Czech Junior League GP: 37 G: 8 A: 12 TP: 20 PIM: 69

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

ICE Trade Neibrandt

Cranbrook, BC – Jeff Chynoweth, General Manager of the Kootenay ICE Hockey Club, today announced the club has traded 19-year-old Defenseman John Neibrandt to the Vancouver Giants in exchange for a fifth round pick in the 2013 WHL Bantam Draft. The ICE still have seven 20-year-old players eligible to return in 2012-2013, but don’t expect Max Reinhart (Calgary Flames) or Luke Paulsen (injury) to return for their overage season (Elgin Pearce, Dylen McKinlay, Drew Czerwonka, Brock Montgomery and Joey Leach are the other 1992 born players).

“With us having seven 20-year-old players eligible to return next year we knew we had to start reducing this number as soon as we could. There are numerous 1992 born players eligible to return for their overage season and we wanted to ensure that John had the opportunity to play his final season in the WHL. We would like to thank John for his two years with our Hockey Club and wish him all the best in Vancouver,” added Chynoweth

October 9, 1992 * Hometown: Yorkton, SK
Defence * Shoots: Left * 6’5”, 196 lbs
2010-11 Kootenay ICE 65 1 4 5 42
2011-12 Kootenay ICE 69 2 12 14 41

Monday, June 25, 2012

ICE To Add Import

The CHL Import Draft will take place on Wednesday and the Kootenay ICE have the 29th overall selection.
The last 2 seasons the ICE did not make a selection and traded their picks away but this season the club will use their pick.
The last import player to suit-up for the ICE was Peter Senkerik.

The club could also add another import player through the draft or a trade.

U-17 Team Pacific

Team Pacific announced players selected to compete at the Region Summer Camp July 25-29 in Kamloops.
Below are the players invited and the team who owns their WHL rights.

Nathan Alalouf
Alec Dillon Swift Current
Patrick Gora Regina
Jonathan Hogue Lethbridge
Payton Lee Vancouver (from Cranbrook)
Liam McLeod Kamloops
Jordan Papirny Brandon
Keelan Williams Medicine Hat

Connor Clouston Kamloops
Carter Cochrane Everett
Viktor Dombrovskiy Swift Current
Erik Donald Regina
Shaun Dosanjh Vancouver
Ryan Gagnon Victoria
Zack Gonek Swift Current
Joseph Hicketts Victoria
Brandon Hickey Tri City
Aaron Irving Edmonton
Jake Kohlhauser Vancouver
Brycen Martin Swift Current
Dysin Mayo Edmonton
Mitch Meek Edmonton
Roman Melzer Lethbridge
Griffin Mumby Regina
Matt Murray Kootenay
Zach Paterson
Riley Stadel Kelowna
Garrett Stankoven
Ben Thomas Calgary
Josh Thrower Calgary
Dalton Yorke Kelowna
Micheal Zipp Everett

Markson Bechtold Spokane
Michael Bell Seattle
Conner Bleackley Red Deer
Carson Bolduc Prince George
Tyler Busch Prince George
Chad Butcher Medicine Hat
Brandon Del Grosso Moose Jaw
Reid Duke Lethbridge
Thomas Foster Vancouver
Zack Funk
Ryan Graham Saskatoon
Ryan Gropp Seattle
Michal Holub Seattle
Justin Kirkland Kelowna
Chase Lang Calgary
Tanner MacMaster Spokane
Tyrell Mappin Everett
Brett Mennear
Spencer Meyer Prince Albert
Graham Millar Saskatoon
Alex Mowbray Medicine Hat
Tyler Mrkonjic Tri City
Kord Pankewicz Brandon
Blake Penner Medicine Hat
Brayden Point Moose Jaw
Brett Pollock Edmonton
Tyler Povelofskie Kelowna
John Quenneville Brandon
Nicholas Rasovic
Matt Revel Saskatoon
Tyler Sandhu Everett
Mitch Skapski Everett
Jacob Virtanen Calgary
Mitchell Walter Edmonton
Tyler Wong Lethbridge
Ryley Wozniak Medicine Hat

Saturday, June 23, 2012

2012 NHL Draft

No ICE selected in 2012 NHL Draft. 3rd time in franchise history to be shutout, 2nd time since moving to Cranbrook.
Matt Benning, ICE 2nd pick in 09, rights traded to TC, 6th round pick by Boston.

Thursday, June 21, 2012

ICE Exhibition Schedule

Thu Sept 6
Kootenay @ Tri City 8:00

Fri Sept 7
Portland vs Kootenay 4:00 @ Tri City

Sat Sept 8
Kootenay vs Everett 12:00 @ Tri City

Fri Sept 14
Kootenay vs Lethbridge 7:00 @ Crowsnest Pass

Sun Sept 16
Kootenay vs Calgary 2:00 @ Crowsnest Pass

WHL Exhibition Schedule

WHL Exhibition Schedule
*Times changed to Cranbrook time*

Tue Aug 28
Swift Current @ Moose Jaw

Thu Aug 30
Victoria @ Kamloops

Fri Aug 31
Kelowna @ Vancouver
Kamloops vs Victoria @ Maple Ridge
Portland vs Seattle @ Everett
Tri City @ Everett

Sat Sept 1
Red Deer vs Prince George @ Edmonton
Medicine Hat vs Calgary @ Edmonton
Swift Current @ Edmonton
Vancouver @ Kelowna
Portland vs Tri City @ Everett
Spokane @ Everett

Sun Sept 2
Prince George vs Medicine Hat @ Edmonton
Swift Current vs Calgary @ Edmonton
Red Deer @ Edmonton
Spokane vs Seattle @ Everett
Portland @ Everett

Wed Sept 5
Calgary vs Lethbridge @ Taber
Vancouver @ Kamloops

Thu Sept 6
Kootenay @ Tri City 8:00
Brandon @ Regina

Fri Sept 7
Portland vs Kootenay 4:00 @ Tri City
Red Deer @ Calgary
Edmonton @ Prince George
Regina @ Brandon
Saskatoon @ Prince Albert
Moose Jaw vs Swift Current @ Maple Creek
Kamloops @ Vancouver
Kelowna vs Victoria @ Maple Ridge
Spokane vs Everett @ Tri City
Seattle @ Tri City

Sat Sept 8
Kootenay vs Everett 12:00 @ Tri City
Lethbridge vs Red Deer @ Innisfail
Edmonton @ Prince George
Prince Albert vs Saskatoon @ Warman
Victoria @ Kelowna
Seattle vs Portland @ Tri City
Spokane @ Tri City

Sun Sept 9
Lethbridge @ Medicine Hat
Swift Current @ Moose Jaw

Wed Sept 12
Medicine Hat @ Lethbridge

Thu Sept 13
Swift Current @ Prince Albert

Fri Sept 14
Kootenay vs Lethbridge 7:00 @ Crowsnest Pass
Edmonton vs Red Deer @ Lacombe
Moose Jaw @ Brandon
Saskatoon @ Regina
Prince George @ Kamloops
Everett @ Seattle
Spokane @ Tri City
Victoria @ Vancouver

Sat Sept 15
Medicine Hat vs Red Deer @ Stettler
Lethbridge vs Calgary @ Crowsnest Pass
Brandon @ Moose Jaw
Regina @ Saskatoon
Prince Albert vs Swift Current @ Gull Lake
Kamloops @ Prince George
Vancouver @ Victoria
Seattle @ Everett
Tri City @ Kelowna

Sun Sept 16
Kootenay vs Calgary 2:00 @ Crowsnest Pass

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Dan Blackburn Interview

ICE Alum Dan Blackburn talks about Hot Stove Dinner & Golf Event.

Jarret Stoll Interview

ICE Alum Jarret Stoll on Championship season with the Kings and Hot Stove Dinner & Golf Event.

Colin Sinclair Interview

ICE Alum Colin Sinclair talks about Hot Stove Dinner & Golf Event.

Wade Burt Interview

ICE Alum Wade Burt talks about Hot Stove Dinner & Golf Event.

Richard Hamula Interview

ICE Alum Richard Hamula talks about Hot Stove Dinner & Golf Event.

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Reinhart Gets U-18 Invite

Hockey Canada, in partnership with the Canadian Hockey League, announced Thursday the 40 players who have been invited to attend Canada’s National Men’s Summer Under-18 Team selection camp, August 3-6 at the MasterCard Centre in Toronto, Ont.

ICE Cory Cameron has been named Athletic Therapist.

Eric Comrie L 6’0” 175 07/06/95 Edmonton, Alta. Tri-City (WHL) 2013 Dft
Zachary Fucale L 6’0” 166 05/28/95 Rosemère, Que. Halifax (QMJHL) 2013 Dft
Tristan Jarry L 6’1” 175 04/29/95 Delta, B.C. Edmonton (WHL) 2013 Dft
Spencer Martin L 6’2” 186 06/08/95 Oakville, Ont. Mississauga (OHL) 2013 Dft

Chris Bigras L 6’0” 176 02/22/95 Woodland Beach, Ont. Owen Sound (OHL) 2013 Dft
Madison Bowey R 6’1” 194 04/22/95 Winnipeg, Man. Kelowna (WHL) 2013 Dft
Nikolas Brouillard L 5’10” 147 02/07/95 St-Hilaire, Que. Drummondville (QMJHL) 2013 Dft
Kayle Doetzel R 6’2” 186 06/19/95 Rosetown, Sask. Red Deer (WHL) 2013 Dft
Aaron Ekblad R 6’3” 207 02/07/96 Belle River, Ont. Barrie (OHL) 2014 Dft
Dillon Heatherington L 6’2” 185 05/09/95 Calgary, Alta. Swift Current (WHL) 2013 Dft
Samuel Morin L 6’5” 184 07/12/95 St-Henri, Que. Rimouski (QMJHL) 2013 Dft
Josh Morrissey LG 6’0” 184 03/28/95 Calgary, Alta. Prince Albert (WHL) 2013 Dft
Matt Murphy L 6’1” 185 05/01/95 Fredericton, N.B. Val-d’Or (QMJHL) 2013 Dft
Darnell Nurse L 6’4” 180 02/04/95 Hamilton, Ont. Sault Ste. Marie (OHL) 2013 Dft
Jordan Subban R 5’9” 170 03/03/95 Toronto, Ont. Belleville (OHL) 2013 Dft
Shea Theodore L 6’0” 170 08/03/95 Aldergrove, B.C. Seattle (WHL) 2013 Dft

Nick Baptiste R 6’2” 200 08/04/95 Ottawa, Ont. Sudbury (OHL) 2013 Dft
Jason Dickinson L 6’1” 165 07/04/95 Georgetown, Ont. Guelph (OHL) 2013 Dft
Max Domi L 5’10” 184 03/02/95 Toronto, Ont. London (OHL) 2013 Dft
Jonathan Drouin L 5’11” 176 03/27/95 Ste-Agathe, Que. Halifax (QMJHL) 2013 Dft
Anthony Duclair R 5’11” 159 08/26/95 Pointe-Claire, Que. Quebec (QMJHL) 2013 Dft
Hunter Garlent R 5’9” 159 02/04/95 Thorold, Ont. Guelph (OHL) 2013 Dft
Jérémy Grégoire R 6’0” 191 09/05/95 Sherbrooke, Que. Chicoutimi (QMJHL) 2013 Dft
Carter Hansen R 6’2” 178 07/04/95 Craven, Sask. Moose Jaw (WHL) 2013 Dft
Stephen Harper L 6’1” 195 03/25/95 Burlington, Ont. Erie (OHL) 2013 Dft
Bo Horvat L 6’0” 198 04/05/95 Rodney, Ont. London (OHL) 2013 Dft
Morgan Klimchuk L 5’11” 180 03/02/95 Calgary, Alta. Regina (WHL) 2013 Dft
Ryan Kujawinski L 6’2” 195 03/30/95 Iroquois Falls, Ont. Kingston (OHL) 2013 Dft
Yan-Pavel Laplante L 6’0” 172 04/23/95 Châteauguay, Que. P.E.I. (QMJHL) 2013 Dft
Curtis Lazar R 6’0” 189 02/02/95 Vernon, B.C. Edmonton (WHL) 2013 Dft
Nathan MacKinnon R 5’11” 179 09/01/95 Cole Harbour, N.S. Halifax (QMJHL) 2013 Dft
Zach Nastasiuk R 6’1” 174 03/30/95 Barrie, Ont. Owen Sound (OHL) 2013 Dft
Matthew Needham R 5’10” 187 04/17/95 Penticton, B.C. Kamloops (WHL) 2013 Dft
Stephen Nosad R 5’11” 173 01/25/95 Tottenham, Ont. Peterborough (OHL) 2013 Dft
Brent Pedersen L 6’1” 197 07/05/95 Arthur, Ont. Kitchener (OHL) 2013 Dft
Nic Petan L 5’9” 153 03/22/95 Delta, B.C. Portland (WHL) 2013 Dft
Sam Reinhart R 6’1” 177 11/06/95 West Vancouver, B.C. Kootenay (WHL) 2014 Dft
Nick Ritchie L 6’2” 207 12/05/95 Orangeville, Ont. Peterborough (OHL) 2014 Dft
Brandon Robinson L 6’2” 195 10/13/95 Pickering, Ont. Brampton (OHL) 2014 Dft
Tommy Veilleux L 5’11” 183 05/07/95 St-Odilon, Que. Victoriaville (QMJHL) 2013 Dft

Friday, June 8, 2012

U-17 Team West

Saskatchewan and Manitoba have named the 68 players (34 per province) for the Team West Regional Summer Camp.
On November 11 a roster of 22 (2 Goalies, 7 Defense, 13 Forwards) will be named to play in the U-17 Tournament in Victoriaville/Drummondville, Quebec, December 28– January 5.
Below are the players invited and the team who owns their WHL rights.

Grant Naherniak Red Deer
Rylan Parenteau Prince Albert
Nigel Rempel
Evan Weninger

Haydn Fleury Red Deer
Carter Forsyth Kootenay
Kendall Fransoo Moose Jaw
Jordan Harris Prince George
Ross Hnidy Saskatoon
Vukie Mpofu Red Deer
Nelson Nogier Saskatoon
Brayden Park Victoria
Ryan Pilon Lethbridge
Samuel Ruopp Prince George
Bryton Sayers Lethbridge
Benjamin Verrall

Carter Amson Lethbridge
Jacob Cardiff Spokane
Rourke Chartier Kelowna
Ryan Duret Calgary
Rylan Freed Kamloops
Reid Gardiner Prince Albert
Rhett Gardner Spokane
Austin Glover Kelowna
Dawson Leedahl Everett
Dakota Odgers Swift Current
Braden Oleksyn Calgary
Kolten Olynek Lethbridge
Collin Shirley Kootenay
Josh Uhrich Moose Jaw
Timothy Vanstone Prince Albert
Miles Warkentine Moose Jaw
Jordan Wittman Swift Current
Lance Yaremchuk Prince Albert

Bronson Ammeter Kootenay
Ty Edmonds Prince George
Evan Johnson
Zak Robidoux Medicine Hat

Justin Baudry Everett
David Dunn Kelowna
Kristjon Finnson Prince Albert
Taylor Fisher
Connor Hamonic Kamloops
Chase Harrison Regina
Cole Jones Victoria
Taran Lacquette Prince Albert
Travis Sanheim Calgary
Lucas Skrumeda Everett
Jordan Thomson Kamloops
Riley Welsh Swift Current
Reid Zalitach Vancouver

Jordan Bochinski
Adam Brooks Regina
Duncan Campbell Prince George
Tyler Coulter Brandon
Michael Fortin
Jayce Hawryluk Brandon
Brett Kitt Brandon
Tanner Lewis Moose Jaw
Ryley Lindgren Brandon
Nick Mathews
Landon Plett
Ryan Pruden Saskatoon
Maverick Rafter
Taylor Sanheim Everett
Dane Schioler Regina
Dallas Starodub Brandon
Clayton Tait Victoria

Thursday, June 7, 2012

Knoblauch Talks To Edmonton Newspaper

By Evan Daum,
EDMONTON - Kris Knoblauch knows that life as a hockey coach can be a gamble.
The former head coach of the Kootenay Ice of the Western Hockey League lost his job a few weeks ago after his general manager, Jeff Chynoweth, learned that Knoblauch was set to interview for the University of Alberta Golden Bears head coach position.
“I thought for my family and my career, it just made so much sense to try and get that position at the U of A and that’s why I took a chance. I trusted some people I should’ve been more cautious about, but it was certainly a risk that I was willing to take,” Knoblauch said.
Knoblauch’s firing by Kootenay was the culmination of a Golden Bears hiring process that started in mid-April for the former Bears standout, who spent five successful seasons between 1999-2004.
“I was in the office one day and there were rumours about me going to the University of Alberta and I hadn’t contacted the university, nor had they contacted me. That day, there was a message from my secretary to call Stan Marple,” Knoblauch said of the beginning of his involvement in the Bears job search.
“I returned that call and that’s when we discussed the possibility of returning to the university as a coach.”
Knoblauch then became part of the process to find the Bears next head coach, a position that came open in late March when Marple, who spent a year as interim head coach, was reassigned to the newly minted general manager position.
“That day, when I got contacted by the university, I talked to my employer — the Kootenay Ice — about my interest in the job and they gave me a one-week window to pursue it, but this was the middle of April and the job closing date didn’t come until May 15th, so there was really no possibility for me to really pursue it in that week time frame,” Knoblauch said.
It was at that point Knoblauch began a gamble that would eventually cost him his job, despite giving the Ice the impression that he was no longer interested in returning to the U of A.
“Absolutely, I took a huge leap of faith,” Knoblauch said about pursuing the Bears job. “The coaching position with the University of Alberta meant a lot to me. It was a risk I was willing to take, because I thought it was the best thing for me.”
Knoblauch isn’t bitter about Ian Herbers being named head coach of the Bears, but the former WHL championship-winning coach is frustrated by the process, which resulted in his firing only moments before interviewing for the Alberta job.
"Certainly, there wasn’t a guarantee that the job was mine, but I was under the impression I was a very good candidate. Everything short of the job being guaranteed to me,” he said. “After this process was over, I’ve heard many names of people being kind of given the same sales pitch of applying.”
Marple, for his part, has expressed disappointment that Knoblauch lost his job, but felt there was no wrongdoing on the part of the selection committee.
"At the end of the day, I feel very bad for Kris that he lost his job over this with the Kootenay Ice, but again I don’t know what his contract entailed, or if he had the legal right to apply,” Marple said. “I do feel the process was successful in the sense that we hired the best coach that we could’ve for the position.”
Despite losing his coaching job, Knoblauch is not ready to leave the coaching ranks.
“Coaching is my passion and I truly love it, so I’ll continue that,” Knoblauch said.