The Kootenay ICE are in Edmonton taking on the Oil Kings Friday night.
The divisional opponents have faced off once this year already when Edmonton topped the ICE 4-3 October 1st in Cranbrook.
Jonathan Smart has three games under his belt with Kootenay since being traded from Regina nearly two weeks ago.
Smart says he’s settling in nicely with the new club.
“I knew a couple guys [coming in].” says Smart. “I was pretty good friends with Jeff de Wit in [Regina] and it’s nice to have some guys you know to ease you into the room but all the guys seem really welcoming and seems like a good place to be.”
Smart has picked up a single assist through his first three games with Kootenay.
The 18-year old blue liner says he’s focusing on being a leader among the ICE defensive core.
“It’s a younger club and obviously there’s a lot of turnaround from last year and being a guy that’s been in the league for three years I feel like I can really help out with the younger guys.” explains Smart. “I just want to bring a winning culture here and they’ve already started that, they’re on their was up and I want to help with that process.”
Kootenay enters Friday second place in the Central Division with a record of 10-13-1-0 while Edmonton sits at the bottom of the division with a 5-15-2-0 record.
Edmonton comes into Friday’s game losers of nine straight games being outscored 42-21 during that span.
Friday night’s game against the Oil Kings can be heard on The Drive starting with the pre-game show at 6:35.
– Jonathan Smart, Kootenay ICE defenceman