What happened to the Kootenay Ice?

By: Terry LuschenUpdated: February 01, 2021


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After much speculation, Kootenay ICE fans received the news Tuesday morning that the team is leaving Cranbrook and heading to Winnipeg for the 2019/20 season because of low attendance in the stands. WHL commissioner Rob Robison said in a statement that the franchise is no longer viable in the Kootenay market.

Likewise, where are the Kootenay Ice moving?


Furthermore, why are the Kootenay Ice moving?

“This relocation will take effect next season for the start of the 2019/20 season. We want to extend our appreciation to the community of Cranbrook, the East Kootenay region, the entire hockey fan base that's here in this community for their support over the past 21 seasons.”

Who owns the Winnipeg Ice?

Winnipeg Ice
Home arena Wayne Fleming Arena
Colours Light blue, black, red, white
Owner(s) 50 Below Sports + Entertainment Inc.
General manager Matt Cockell

What WHL team is moving to Winnipeg?

Kootenay Ice


Where do Winnipeg ice play?

Wayne Fleming Arena - Max Bell Centre

What league is Winnipeg ice?

Western Hockey League

How many American teams are in the WHL?

Western Hockey League
Current season, competition or edition: 2019–20 WHL season
No. of teams 22
Countries Canada (17 teams) United States (5 teams)
Most recent champion(s) Prince Albert Raiders
Most titles Kamloops Blazers (6)

Where do you park for the ice Games in Winnipeg?

Game day parking is available in Lot Q for $10 cash only. Box office hours: Box office opens 1.5 hours prior to puck drop on game days. The box office is located on the main floor of the Investors Group Athletic Centre – 75 Sidney Smith St.

Who are the Winnipeg Ice?

The Winnipeg Ice (officially stylized as ICE) is a Canadian major junior ice hockey team based in Winnipeg, Manitoba, that began competing in the Western Hockey League (WHL) in the 2019–20 WHL season.

How old are WHL players?

Players aged 1520 are eligible to play in the WHL, though 15-year-olds are permitted to play only five games unless their midget team's season has ended. Also, each team is allowed to have only three 20-year-olds on their rosters, unless there is an expansion team, in which case five 20-year-olds are eligible to play.