Saturday, September 27, 2014

ICE Media Notes

ICE CHIPS: The KOOTENAY ICE enter tonight's action with a 1-1-0-0 record (0-0-0-0 at home, 1-1-0-0 on the road)...KOOTENAY will play eight of its next 12 games on the road...The ICE home opener is October 3 vs. SPOKANE.

ROSTER BREAKDOWN: KOOTENAY is currently carrying 26 players (two goaltenders, nine defensemen and 15 forwards)...The ICE roster is made up of two 1994-born players, eight 1995-born players, six 1996-born players, seven 1997-born players, and three 1998-born players...KOOTENAY has ten first-year players on its roster.

DID YOU KNOW: KOOTENAY has qualified for post-season play in each of the 16 years the team has been based in CRANBROOK (the longest active streak in the WHL)...The ICE also hold the WHL record for most consecutive seasons (15) with a .500 or better record (1999-2014)...KOOTENAY holds a 59-63-13-3 lifetime record versus RED DEER (33-29-8-1 at home, 26-34-5-2 on the road, 9-4-9-3 in overtime)...Forward LEVI CABLE became the 30th ICE player to appear in 200 regular-season games September 20 in EDMONTON...Defenseman BRYAN ALLBEE scored his first career WHL goal September 20 against the OIL KINGS...Forward ZAK ZBOROSKY and Defenseman TROY MURRAY have both been named to NHL Central Scouting's Preliminary Players to Watch list...Goaltender WYATT HOFLIN is 20 saves short of 1,000 in his WHL career.

TRANSACTIONS / INJURIES: Goaltender JAYDEN SITTLER (January 23, 1996) has been re-assigned to the FORT McMURRAY OIL BARONS of the ALBERTA JUNIOR HOCKEY LEAGUE...Forward JAEDON DESCHENEAU (ST. LOUIS BLUES) and Defenseman TANNER FAITH (MINNESOTA WILD) have been returned to the ICE after attending their respective teams' Training Camps...Forward LUKE PHILP will be out of the KOOTENAY line up day-to-day with a lower body injury...Defenseman RINAT VALIEV will be out of the ICE line up three to five weeks with a lower body injury.

ONE YEAR AGO: After two games of the 2013-14 season the ICE were 0-2-0-0, after three games 1-2-0-0 and after four games 2-2-0-0.

DRAFTED PLAYERS: RINAT VALIEV - Toronto Maple Leafs (3rd Round, 2014 NHL Draft), JAEDON DESCHENEAU - St. Louis Blues (5th Round, 2014 NHL Draft), TANNER FAITH – Minnesota Wild (5th Round, 2014 NHL Draft).