Six ICE players to attend NHL training camps
Six members of last year’s Kootenay ICE squad are preparing to attend National Hockey League (NHL) team training camps.
Forwards Sam Reinhart (Buffalo Sabres) and Jaedon Descheneau (St. Louis Blues), and defensemen Rinat Valiev (Toronto Maple Leafs) and Tanner Faith (Minnesota Wild) will participate in their respective NHL camps as drafted players.
In addition, forwards Luke Philp (Philadelphia Flyers) and Jon Martin (Vancouver Canucks) have also been invited to attend NHL camps next month. All six skaters attended NHL Training Camps during the 2014-15 season.
“Our organization is proud of these six players for earning the opportunity to once again participate in a National Hockey League training camp. It is a chance for each of them to build on the experience gained from their previous exposure to NHL competition as well as to continue learning at the highest level,” commented ICE GM Jeff Chynoweth.
Of the players heading to NHL camps, 2014 second overall NHL draft pick Sam Reinhart will not be returning.
Descheneau could return for an overage season as a 20-year-old, and Philp and Martin are likely to return as the team’s go-to veterans.
Kootenay ICE training camp begins Monday, August 31 at Western Financial Place, running through Thursday, September 3 with the annual United Way Black / White Intrasquad Game beginning at 6 p.m.
The ICE will open the exhibition season Tuesday, September 8 versus the Lethbridge Hurricanes at Memorial Arena. Visit the ICE office or call (250) 417-0322 for ticket information.