The Kootenay ICE will be stateside for the next three days for a three game stretch.
The ICE play the Tri-City Americans Thursday, Seattle Friday and Portland Saturday.
Head Coach James Patrick says this weekend will be a serious test for the 32 players on the roster.
“Its just important for our guys to get playing some exhibition games, feeling what its like to compete in battle, when you are playing against someone who is not your teammate,” Patrick says.
The ICE will be without three of the players in their line-up.
Defenseman Martin Bodak, Forward Brett Davis and Goaltender Duncan McGovern will all be in NHL camps.
“Start looking a little closer at line combinations and guys we’d be using on the powerplay,” Patrick says. “Just would like to start getting guys playing with players they would have a chance playing with when the season starts.”
The ICE face the Tri-City Americans tonight at 8:05 pm.
– Head Coach James Patrick, Kootenay ICE