1. The last time Portland was in Cranbrook was 103 weeks ago, Oct 29, 2011. The ICE won the game 4-1.
2. The only players who played in that game that are still on the rosters … ICE – Jeff Hubic, Jagger Dirk, Jaedon Decsheneau, Sam Reinhart and Jon Martin. Winterhawks – Josh Hanson, Chase De Leo, Taylor Leier, Brendan Leipsic, Nicolas Petan, Layne Viverois and Derrick Pouliot. Adam Rossignol was on the ICE roster in 2011 and is now on Portland.
3. In the regular season the ICE have a career record vs Portland of 14-12-2-1, 7-6-0-0 at home and 4-1 in the playoffs.
4. Jersey # changes, Chynoweth is now #8, Landon Cross #4, Tim Bozon #20.
5. Bozon and Cross have played 1 game in Cranbrook. Bozon had 2 goals and 1 assist and Cross had 1 assist in a 6-3 Kamloops win on October 20, 2012.
6. Bozon grew up in Switzerland but has played for France at International events so he won’t be playing in this years’ World Junior Hockey Championships.
7. Cross’s father Ken is a scout with the ICE and that should makes things smoother at family gatherings.
8. When Moose Jaw is in town we will not see Morgan Reilly who has been told to find a place to live in Toronto and will stick with the Maple Leafs.
9. The top 4 picks in the 2009 WHL Bantam Draft were all defensemen and 2 are still in the NHL. 1. Derrick Pouliot 2. Morgan Reilly 3. Griffin Reinhart 4. Matt Dumba
10. 4 members of the ICE have Father’s who have played in the NHL with Elynuik, Reinhart, Dirk and Bozon.
11. Thank You to the ICE for letting me a judge in their 2nd Annual Iron Chef competition. I’m having some strange burps today but I’m sure it has nothing to do with their meals.