Kootenay Ice

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.

Kootenay Ice
CityCranbrook, British Columbia
LeagueWestern Hockey League
Home arenaWestern Financial Place
ColoursLight blue, black, orange, white
ChampionshipsMemorial Cup: 2002
WHL Champions: 2000, 2002, 2011
Franchise history
1996–1998Edmonton Ice
1998–2019Kootenay Ice
2019–presentWinnipeg Ice


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.[1][2] 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.[3]

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.[4][5] The franchise will retain its moniker and become the Winnipeg Ice.[6]

On October 8, 2019, Nathan Lieuwen announced the formation of the Cranbrook Bucks to play in the British Columbia Hockey League for the 2020–21 season.[7]

WHL championships

Season-by-season record

Note: GP = Games played, W = Wins, L = Losses, T = Ties, OTL = Overtime losses, GF = Goals for, GA = Goals against

1998–997230357245276674th CentralLost Eastern Conference quarter-final
1999–007244141132752001022nd CentralWon Championship
Lost Memorial Cup
2000–01724517462862131002nd CentralLost Eastern Conference semi-final
2001–0272382770276223832nd B.C.Won Championship
Won Memorial Cup
2002–0372362565234202833rd B.C.Lost Western Conference semi-final
2003–0472323073183200744th B.C.Lost Western Conference quarter-final
2004–05724715732181371041st B.C.Lost Western Conference final
2005–0672452313233177943rd B.C.Lost Western Conference quarter-final
2006–07724917332671891042nd CentralLost Eastern Conference quarter-final
2007–0872422253229214924th CentralLost Eastern Conference semi-final
2008–0972352926220224783rd CentralLost Eastern Conference quarter-final
2009–1072432432252215912nd CentralLost Eastern Conference quarter-final
2010–1172462114272218973rd CentralWon Championship
Lost Memorial Cup semifinal
2011–1272362664222201824th CentralLost Eastern Conference quarter-final
2012–1372353520203221725th CentralLost Eastern Conference quarter-final
2013–1472392823235209834th CentralLost Eastern Conference semi-final
2014–1572373113245248784th CentralLost Eastern Conference quarter-final
2015–1672125361155319316th CentralDid not qualify
2016–17721446102177335406th CentralDid not qualify
2017–1872273852215275614th CentralDid not qualify
2018–1968134573181324366th CentralDid not qualify

NHL alumni

See also


  1. "CHL mourns passing of Ed Chynoweth". Soo Today. April 22, 2008. Retrieved April 24, 2008.
  2. "Ed Chynoweth Cup". Western Hockey League. Archived from the original on April 18, 2008. Retrieved April 24, 2008.
  3. "Kootenay ICE unveil fresh look – WHL Network". whl.ca. Retrieved May 8, 2017.
  4. "WHL's Kootenay Ice Relocating to Winnipeg for 2019–20 Season". ChrisD.ca. January 29, 2019.
  5. "WHL's Kootenay Ice to relocate to Winnipeg for 2019–20 season". Toronto Star. January 29, 2019.
  6. "Winnipeg Ice Press Release". January 29, 2019. Retrieved January 30, 2019.

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