ICE CHIPS: The KOOTENAY ICE enter tonight's action with a 28-27-1-1 record (18-12-1-0 at home, 10-15-0-1 on the road, 6-1 in overtime, 1-1 in shootouts)...Following tonight's contest KOOTENAY, who will play seven of the next nine games on the road, will return home to host EDMONTON February 20 before visiting SPOKANE February 21.
ROSTER BREAKDOWN: KOOTENAY is currently carrying 24 players (two goaltenders, nine defensemen and 13 forwards)...The ICE roster is made up of three 1994-born players, 11 1995-born players, three 1996-born players, five 1997-born players, and two 1998-born players...KOOTENAY has seven first-year players on its roster.
DID YOU KNOW: Forward JAEDON DESCHENEAU leads the ICE in road scoring with 29 points (10-19-29)…Forward LUKE PHILP is ranked second (12-13-25)...KOOTENAY holds a 70-42-6-11 lifetime record versus LETHBRIDGE (42-16-2-6 at home, 28-26-4-5 on the road, 8-12-6 in overtime)...Tonight marks the fifth of six meetings this season between the ICE and HURRICANES with KOOTENAY holding a 3-1-0-0 record in the season series...Forward SAM REINHART is two points short of 300 career points...Forwards JAEDON DESCHENEAU and TIM BOZON both recorded their 150th career assists February 11 versus MEDICINE HAT...DESCHENEAU passed DUSTIN SYLVESTER for fourth in ICE all-time scoring February 11 versus the TIGERS...DESCHENEAU, who now has 255 career points, is two games short of 250 career games played...Goaltender DECLAN HOBBS made his WHL debut February 13 against MOOSE JAW (15 minutes played, ten saves)...HOBBS then made his first WHL start February 15 versus SASKATOON (25 saves, 5 goals against)...BOZON recorded his second hat-trick of 2015 February 15 against the BLADES...BOZON has scored 11 goals in his last 11 games...Forward LEVI CABLE played in his 250th career game February 11 against MEDICINE HAT...Defenseman TANNER LISHCHYNSKY is two appearances shy of 100 career games played...Forward RYAN CHYNOWETH is one game short of 100 appearances in an ICE uniform...Assistant Coach JAY HENDERSON posted a 1-1-0-0 record as acting head coach February 11 and February 13...HENDERSON now holds a career coaching record of 5-5-1-0, having previously acted as head coach from December 13, 2013 - January 4, 2014...KOOTENAY scored five goals in a period for the second time this season February 11 versus the TIGERS (second period).
TRANSACTION / INJURY: KOOTENAY has returned goaltender DECLAN HOBBS (August 19, 1998) to the SASKATOON CONTACTS of the SASKATCHEWAN MIDGET HOCKEY LEAGUE...Defenseman TANNER FAITH will be out of the ICE lineup four to six months with an upper body injury.
ONE YEAR AGO: After 57 games of the 2013-14 season the ICE were 31-22-2-2, after 58 games 32-22-2-2 and after 59 games 33-22-2-2.
DRAFTED PLAYERS: SAM REINHART - Buffalo Sabres (1st Round, 2014 NHL Draft), TIM BOZON - Montreal Canadiens (3rd Round, 2012 NHL Draft), 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).