The Kootenay Ice (officially stylized as ICE) was a major junior ice hockey team based in Cranbrook, British Columbia, and competed in the Western Hockey League (WHL). The team played its home games at Western Financial Place. The franchise was owned by the Chynoweth family from 1995 until it was sold on April 27, 2017 to Winnipeg-based company 50 Below Sports and Entertainment. After months of speculation, the Ice moved to Winnipeg and was rebranded the Winnipeg Ice.
|City||Cranbrook, British Columbia|
|League||Western Hockey League|
|Home arena||Western Financial Place|
|Colours||Light blue, black, orange, white |
|Championships||Memorial Cup: 2002|
WHL Champions: 2000, 2002, 2011
The franchise began play in 1996 as the Edmonton Ice founded by Ed Chynoweth after he left his position as the Western Hockey League's president. He moved the Ice to Cranbrook in 1998. The Ice won the Memorial Cup in 2002, and also participated in 2000 and 2011, after having won the WHL 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.
After the team was sold to 50 Below Sports + Entertainment Inc. The company includes Greg Fettes, who then became the Ice governor, and Matt Cockell, who became the Ice president and general manager. A new Kootenay Ice logo was released on May 1, 2017.
On January 29, 2019, the Kootenay Ice announced the team would relocate to Winnipeg in time for the 2019–20 season. The move saw the Ice and Swift Current Broncos switch places within the East and Central divisions. The franchise will retain its moniker and become the Winnipeg Ice.
Note: GP = Games played, W = Wins, L = Losses, T = Ties, OTL = Overtime losses, GF = Goals for, GA = Goals against
|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|
Won 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||319||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|
- Riley Armstrong
- Dean Arsene
- Dan Blackburn
- Zdenek Blatny
- Mike Comrie
- Adam Cracknell
- Nigel Dawes
- Cody Eakin
- Brennan Evans
- Kris Foucault
- Matt Fraser
- Jeff Glass
- Mike Green
- Stanislav Gron
- Jason Jaffray
- Nathan Lieuwen
- Ben Maxwell
- Steve McCarthy
- Ryan McGill
- Brayden McNabb
- John Negrin
- Tomas Plihal
- Roman Polak
- Sam Reinhart
- Max Reinhart
- Aaron Rome
- Ryan Russell
- Mackenzie Skapski
- Jarret Stoll
- Brett Sutter
- Marek Svatos
- Jaroslav Svoboda
- Duncan Milroy
- Rinat Valiev
- Matt Walker
- Kyle Wanvig
- Jeremy Yablonski
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