The WHL’s Kootenay ICE drop the puck on their 20th season Saturday.
Head coach James Patrick says he’s confident with his roster heading in to opening night.
“We’re a bit younger, maybe a little more depth. I feel like we’re really balanced. We have 9 defencemen, we haven’t worked out how our Europeans are going to work out. That’ll sort itself out.”
He says checking will be a strength for the team and hopes to see somebody from his younger group step up to produce some goals this season.
Patrick adds this year’s group of 20-year-olds will help at both ends of the ice.
“Dallas Hines [defenceman] is a smart player who can move the puck. He’s got really good hockey sense, he can play on the power play. He’s got good vision. Jaegar White’s a guy who played a real big role, he was a third line guy last year.”
Another 20-year-old, Martin Bodak, is expected to help anchor the blue line.
Their first game is Saturday when they host the Calgary Hitmen.
– James Patrick – Head coach, Kootenay ICE