Kootenay ICE Open Training Camp August 24th, Showcase Game in Kimberley August 29th

(Photo: Bradley Jones)

The Kootenay ICE have released its schedule for their 2018 Training Camp and Showcase, including Skills Camp and Main Camp.

Training Camp will open Friday, August 24th for Skills Camp, which will include fitness testing, workouts, player development meetings, presentations, and the eight ice times.

At Skills Camp, the Kootenay ICE have invited five guest coaches to help Friday and Saturday including:

  • Jon Rempel - Head Coach - University of Manitoba Women’s Hockey
  • Cory Spring - Coach - Peewee AA BP Wings, Power Edge Pro
  • Brad Kirkwood - Goaltending Coach - University of Calgary Men’s Hockey, Top Prospects Goaltending, Hockey Canada
  • Gina Kingsbury - Skating Coach - Hockey Canada
  • Rick Jensen - Speaking about Performance Mindset

Following Skills Camp, the Kootenay ICE enter Main Camp on Sunday, August 26th before the Training Camp Showcase Wednesday, August 29th at the Kimberley Civic Centre.

Main Camp will include 12 ice times at Cranbrook's Western Financial Place along with video sessions, presentations, meetings, and fitness testing with all on-ice sessions free and open to the public.

The Kootenay ICE said the 2018 Training Camp Rosters will be announced in the coming days.

Training Camp culminates with the annual Showcase on August 29th. For the second straight year, the game will be held at the Kimberley Civic Centre at 7:00 pm.

"The 2018 Training Camp Showcase is the highlight of ICE training camp," said the Kootenay ICE. "Fans in Kimberley, Cranbrook and the surrounding area will have the opportunity to watch highly-touted prospects Carson Lambos and Connor McClennon."

McClennon and Lambos were both drafted second overall in the 2017 and 2018 WHL Bantam Drafts by the ICE.

Along with a number of prospects, roster players from the 2017/18 season will also suit up in the Showcase game while Derek Stuart, Head Coach of the Kimberley Dynamiters will be a guest coach for one of the two teams.

“The atmosphere in Kimberley last year was fantastic for our players and we are excited to be back in Kimberley building on our tremendous partnership with the Dynamiters and Kimberley Minor Hockey,” said Matt Cockell, President and General Manager of the Kootenay ICE. “This is a very important game in our evaluation process and a great chance for our fans to see our top prospects.”

“Kimberley and Cranbrook have many things in common, including a passion for hockey,” added Don McCormick, Mayor of Kimberley. “The 2018 Training Camp Showcase is a fun way to start a new season and an opportunity for more Kimberley fans to experience a home ICE game.”

All ticket sales from the 2018 Training Camp Showcase will go to the ICE Education Fund in support of ICE player's post-secondary education while the full proceeds of the 50/50 will be donated to Kimberley Minor Hockey.

A full schedule of the Kootenay ICE's 2018 Skills Camp and Main Camp can be found here.

- Bradley Jones

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