Owners of Cranbrook WHL team were hoping for a sellout crowd Friday in an effort to benefit local mental health initiatives but fell well short of expectations.
Kootenay ICE Governor Greg Fettes made a surprise announcement before puck drop versus the Tri City Americans that the team is giving $25,000 to the local branch of the Canadian Mental Health Association.
Fettes has spoke about how mental health is an importance issue to him and his family.
Earlier last week the organization promised if the game sold out they would donate an additional $25,000, so $50,000 total.
Western Financial Place seats 4,264 and has a capacity of 4,654 for a hockey game.
Friday’s match drew in just 2,577 or less than 55 per cent of capacity.
Sunday’s match against Lethbridge had a larger attendance with 2,608 at Western Financial Place.
The ICE have not sold out a home game this season.
The last time they drew over the seating capacity of 4,256 was January 26, 2010, and they haven’t seen more than four thousand fans in the stands since 2013.