The most celebrated Kootenay ICE alumnus is always happy to be back in Cranbrook.
Jarret Stoll returned to the community he called home for four years to attend the season opener Friday.
Stoll recalls coming to Cranbrook as a 16-year old and playing in front of rowdy crowds at the Memorial Arena.
“The old building there, all of us walked in that old rink and it had a lot of character for sure.” recalls Stoll. “Fans were great, we packed that building over there. I think it was maybe 1,800 people it held and [it was] a very tough place to come into [as a visitor] and get a win.”
The ICE alumnus says it’s always important to support the team he lead to a Memorial Cup in 2002.
“When you grow up and you play hockey and you have great success you’re always going to come back and you’re always going to support your organization.” explains Stoll. “The new ownership and there’s a lot of exciting things happening here and it’s been a good summer, a big summer for the team so hopefully that will get going in the right direction.”
Stoll even stayed with his old billet family over the weekend.
— Jarret Stoll (@jarretstoll) September 18, 2017
The former ICE captain holds franchise records for most points in a season (106) and most assists in a season (66).
Stoll collected 286 points in 245 career games with the Kootenay ICE which is good enough for second most points in franchise history.
The two time Stanley Cup champion is now part of the development team with the Los Angeles Kings where he played for seven seasons.
The 35-year old will also help with commentating for FOX Sports this season.
– Jarret Stoll, Kootenay ICE alumnus
(Photo courtesy of Kootenay ICE Twitter @WHLKootenayICE)