The Columbia Valley Rockies president believes a Kootenay ICE exhibition game in Invermere can inspire local hockey players.
The ICE announced they’ll be taking on the Calgary Hitmen at the Eddie Mountain Memorial Arena September 14th.
Brett Holt says it’s a tremendous opportunity for the entire community.
“It gives something for all the minor hockey players in Invermere to aspire to.” says Holt. “It also has an opportunity for our [players] to look up and see kids that are their age group and moving on so all in all it’s exciting.”
The ICE formed a partnership with the Rockies last season along with every other Junior B team in the region.
It’s not even the first time the two organizations are teaming up for an event.
The ICE and Rockies held a hockey festival on Lake Windermere in January.
“A number of our fans obviously cheer for the ICE and go down and watch the games and vice versa.” says Holt. “When we bring young model players from the ICE up here, they practice here and they’re on the ice, our minor hockey kids really look up to that and it really makes a commitment for everyone to get into hockey and really shows what a great program it is.”
More details regarding the exhibition game between the ICE and Hitmen are to be released at a later date,
“The community is already getting pretty excited about this event.” says Holt.
– Brett Holt, Columbia Valley Rockies president