ICE CHIPS: The KOOTENAY ICE enter tonight's action with a 1-2-0-0 record (0-0-0-0 at home, 1-2-0-0 on the road)...KOOTENAY will play seven of its next 11 games on the road...After tonight's game, the ICE visit CALGARY October 4.
ROSTER BREAKDOWN: KOOTENAY is currently carrying 23 players (two goaltenders, eight defensemen and 13 forwards)...The ICE roster is made up of two 1994-born players, eight 1995-born players, five 1996-born players, five 1997-born players, and three 1998-born players...KOOTENAY has eight first-year players on its roster.
DID YOU KNOW: KOOTENAY holds a 46-29-6-4 lifetime record versus SPOKANE (25-14-1-2 at home, 21-15-5-2 on the road, 7-5-2-4 in overtime)...The ICE finished with a 3-2-0-0 overall record against the CHIEFS during the 2013-14 season...Goaltender WYATT HOFLIN recorded his 1,000th career WHL save September 27 at RED DEER...Defenseman DYLAN OVERDYK leads all ICE skaters in plus / minus through three games with a plus-two rating...KOOTENAY is averaging the third fewest Penalty Minutes per game in the WESTERN HOCKEY LEAGUE (12.7 mins / game)...Forward JAEDON DESCHENEAU is 6 games shy of 200 career WHL regular season appearances...Defenseman TANNER FAITH will celebrate his 19th birthday October 5.
TRANSACTIONS / INJURY: The ICE have re-assigned Forward SHANE ALLAN (December 19, 1997) to the CALGARY ROYALS of the ALBERTA MIDGET HOCKEY LEAGUE and Defenseman MARK O'SHAUGHNESSY (July 31, 1997) to the VERNON VIPERS of the BRITISH COLUMBIA HOCKEY LEAGUE...Forward ALEXANDER CHIRVA (March 25, 1996) has been released...Defenseman RINAT VALIEV will be out of the ICE line up two to four weeks with a lower body injury.
ONE YEAR AGO: After three games of the 2013-14 season the ICE were 1-2-0-0, after four games 2-2-0-0 and after five games 2-2-1-0.
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).
TONIGHT’S OFFICIALS: The Referees for tonight’s game are TYLER ADAIR and KEVIN WEBINGER...The Linesmen are MIKE BOISVERT and JIM MANIAGO.