2018 Pre-Season Schedule Announced for Kootenay ICE

The ICE will play seven pre-season games in August and September.

The Kootenay ICE Hockey Club, in collaboration with the Western Hockey League, announced its 2018 pre-season schedule on Wednesday.

The ICE will compete in seven pre-season games, including a match up against their division rivals the Calgary Hitmen at Eddie Mountain Memorial Arena in Invermere on September 14. Puck drop is scheduled for 7:00 p.m. MT.

"We are excited to host the Kootenay ICE in the heart of the Kootenays and on the shores of Lake Windermere - right in the core of Invermere, B.C. at the Eddie Mountain Arena," explained Gerry Taft, Mayor of Invermere.

Taft added, "Our community is full of hockey fans, many who passionately cheer for our local teams, including the Kootenay ICE. It's exciting to have our community showcased and be part of the pre-season WHL schedule."

This won’t be the first time the ICE have made an appearance in Invermere in 2018. In January, the ICE, in partnership with the Columbia Valley Rockies, held a hockey festival on Lake Windermere.

The ICE also formed a partnership with the Rockies during the summer of 2017, ensuring fans of both teams had the opportunity to watch great hockey at a discounted price.

“It is a terrific opportunity for the youth of the Columbia Valley to witness and aspire to play for the WHL,” said Brett Holt, President of the Columbia Valley Rockies, when speaking about the pre-season game. “It will be a wonderful opportunity for our Junior B team and minor hockey to be part of this experience and I know they will be looking forward to watching their favourite players.”

Here is a list of the seven pre-season games:

DATE

OPPONENT

TIME

ARENA

CITY

Aug. 31

vs Calgary

3:00 p.m.

Enmax Centrium

Red Deer, AB

Sept. 1

vs Edmonton

3:00 p.m.

Enmax Centrium

Red Deer, AB

Sept. 6

vs Tri-City

7:05 p.m.

Toyota Center

Kennewick,WA

Sept. 7

vs Seattle

3:00 p.m.

Toyota Center

Kennewick,WA

Sept. 8

vs Portland

3:00 p.m.

Toyota Center

Kennewick,WA

Sept. 14

vs Calgary

7:00 p.m.

Eddie Mountain Memorial Arena

Invermere, BC

Sept. 15

vs Calgary

7:00 p.m.

Saddledome

Calgary, AB

The ICE would like to thank Invermere and the Columbia Valley Rockies for their encouragement and support making this 2018 WHL pre-season game possible. More details regarding the game will be released closer to September 14.

- Submitted by Kootenay ICE

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