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Winnipeg Ice
Kootenay 2017 logo
City: Winnipeg, Manitoba
League: Western Hockey League
Conference: Eastern
Division: Eastern
Founded: 1998 (1998)–99
Home Arena: Cranbrook Recreational Complex (-2019)
Wayne Fleming Arena (2019-)
Colours: Blue, Black and Bronze
              
Head Coach: Luke Pierce
General Manager: Flag of Canada Jeff Chynoweth
Franchise history
1996–1998: Edmonton Ice
1998-2019: Kootenay Ice
2019-: Winnipeg Ice

The Winnipeg Ice are a major junior ice hockey team based in Winnipeg, Manitoba and competing in the Western Hockey League. The team will play its home games at the Wayne Fleming Arena on the campus of the University of Manitoba which will be expanded to 2,000 seats. The franchise, previously owned by the Chynoweth family since 1995, transferred ownership on April 27, 2017 to Winnipeg entrepreneur Greg Fettes and hockey executive Matt Cockell. The duo participated in their first WHL Draft on Thursday, May 4, 2017, where they acquired 10 new draft picks for the team. The new Kootenay Ice logo was released on Monday, May 1, 2017.[1] This fresh look signifies a fresh start for the Ice. Posted articles indicate that the team may possibly be relocated to Winnipeg, Manitoba over the next few years.[2] The relocation to Winnipeg for the 2019-20 season was confirmed on January 29, 2019 at a press conference in Cranbrook. As part of the same press conference it was announced that the owner of the team has also purchased the Winnipeg Blues of the Manitoba Junior Hockey League. The move of the team will be part of a larger economic investment, a 4,500 seat arena, a hockey academy, and several partially cover outdoor rinks which can be used for outdoor minor hockey tournaments, will be the hockey related portion of a 20 acre sports, recreation, and commercial expansion located on the southwest side of the city of Winnipeg. It was announced that the current logo and nickname will be retained. [3]

HistoryEdit

The franchise was founded in 1996 as the Edmonton Ice, and moved to Cranbrook in 1998. The Ice won the Memorial Cup in 2002, and also participated in 2000, after having won the league championship.

The move of the Ice to Cranbrook resulted in the folding of the local Junior A powerhouse Cranbrook Colts and possibly the entire troubled Rocky Mountain Junior Hockey League that the Colts were the top team in. All of the remaining five RMJHL franchises from the Kootenays dropped to the Junior B Kootenay International Junior Hockey League within years of the Ice coming to the region.

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Season-by-season recordEdit

Season GP W L T OL GF GA Pts Finish Playoffs
1998–99 72 30 35 7 - 245 276 67 4th Central Lost Eastern Conference quarter-final
1999–00 72 44 14 11 3 275 200 102 2nd Central Won Championship; Lost Memorial Cup
2000–01 72 45 17 4 6 286 213 100 2nd Central Lost Eastern Conference semi-final
2001–02 72 38 27 7 0 276 223 83 2nd B.C. Won Championship and Memorial Cup
2002–03 72 36 25 6 5 234 202 83 3rd B.C. Lost Western Conference semi-final
2003–04 72 32 30 7 3 183 200 74 4th B.C. Lost Western Conference quarter-final
2004–05 72 47 15 7 3 218 137 104 1st B.C. Lost Western Conference final
2005–06 72 45 23 1 3 233 177 94 3rd B.C. Lost Western Conference quarter-final
2006–07 72 49 17 3 3 267 189 104 2nd Central Lost Eastern Conference quarter-final
2007–08 72 42 22 5 3 229 214 92 4th Central Lost Eastern Conference semi-final
2008–09 72 35 29 2 6 220 224 78 3rd Central Lost Eastern Conference quarter-final
2009–10 72 43 24 3 2 252 215 91 2nd Central Lost Eastern Conference quarter-final
2010–11 72 46 21 1 4 272 218 97 3rd Central Won Championship; Lost Memorial Cup semifinal
2011–12 72 36 26 6 4 222 201 82 4th Central Lost Eastern Conference quarter-final
2012–13 72 35 35 2 0 203 221 72 5th Central Lost Eastern Conference quarter-final
2013–14 72 39 28 2 3 235 209 83 4th Central Lost Eastern Conference semi-final
2014–15 72 37 31 1 3 245 248 78 4th Central Lost Eastern Conference quarter-final
2015–16 72 12 53 6 1 155 320 31 6th Central Did not qualify
2016–17 72 14 46 10 2 177 335 40 6th Central Did not qualify
2017–18 72 27 38 5 2 215 275 61 4th Central Did not qualify
2018–19 68 13 45 7 3 181 324 36 6th Central Did not qualify

NHL alumniEdit

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Team recordsEdit

Team records for a single season
StatisticTotalSeason
Most points1042004–05; 2006–07
Most wins492006–07
Most goals for2862000–01
Least goals for1832003–04
Least goals against1372004–05
Most goals against2761998–99
Individual player records for a single season
StatisticPlayerTotalSeason
Most goalsNigel Dawes502004–05
Most assistsJarret Stoll662000–01
Most pointsJarret Stoll1062000–01
Most points, rookieTomas Plihal862001–02
Most points, defencemanMichael Busto632006–07
Best GAA (goalie)Jeff Glass1.762004–05
Goalies = minimum 1500 minutes played


See alsoEdit

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