Line-up changes continue for ICE
The Kootenay ICE announced Wednesday it’s acquired 2000-born forward Bradley Ginnell from the Portland Winterhawks in exchange for a 2018 second round draft pick and a 2019 third round draft pick.
This is the 17-year-old’s second season in the Western Hockey League (WHL).
Through 25 games with Portland, Ginnell has five goals and 11 points. The Calgary, Alberta native played in 51 regular season games during the 2016-17 season recording six goals and 10 points. He also played in eight playoff games that season scoring two goals and registering three points.
“Bradley is a highly skilled young forward that we believe makes our team better today and moving forward,” said Matt Cockell, President and General Manager. “We look forward to Bradley getting into our lineup as we work to earn a playoff spot.”
The ICE also announced Wednesday it’s acquired a 2019 sixth round draft pick from the Victoria Royals in exchange for 1998-born forward Jeff de Wit.
“We would like to thank Jeff for his time with the ICE and wish him the best of luck in Victoria,” said Cockell.
de Wit suited up in 15 games for the ICE recording two goals and four points. The fourth-year WHL player has 22 goals and 58 points in 226 career WHL games.
The ICE has also recalled 2002-born goaltender Gage Alexander on an emergency basis.
The 15-year-old signed with the organization last week. The ICE selected Alexander in the seventh round (133rd overall) in the 2017 WHL Bantam Draft.
The Okotoks, Alberta native has played 10 games with the Rockyview Raiders Minor Midget AAA of the AMMHL this season. He’s posted a 1.60 goals against average, a .942 save percentage, two shutouts and a record of 8-1-1.
The ICE returned to WHL action Wednesday (Dec. 27) at Western Financial Place and skated off with a 4-3 overtime time win over the Calgary Hitmen before 2,625 onlookers.
The next night in Calgary the ICE locked down a 4-3 regulation time win, to up their record to .500 on the season – with 17 wins, 17 losses and two overtime losses. They are second in the Central Division, four points back of the Medicine Hat Tigers for first. The ICE is fifth in the Eastern Conference with 36 games in the bank.
The ICE is in a whirlwind busy part of the schedule to start the New Year.
They head to Edmonton for a Saturday night clash with the struggling Oil Kings.
Their next home game at Western Financial Place is New Year’s Day at 4 p.m. against the Medicine Hat Tigers.
They then hit the road for four games in five nights in the frozen flatlands – against the Lethbridge Hurricanes, Swift Current Broncos, Prince Albert Raiders and Saskatoon Blades.
The ICE’s next home game after that loop through the prairies is Sunday, Jan. 14 when the Blades come to Cranbrook.