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Colton Kroeker named 22nd captain in Kootenay ICE history

Brad McLeod/Kootenay ICE

 

Cranbrook, B.C. – The Kootenay ICE Hockey Club is pleased to announce 1997-born forward Colton Kroeker has been named the team’s new captain and the 22nd captain in franchise history.

Kroeker assumes the new role after former captain Cale Fleury was traded to the Regina Pats on November 13.

“Colton earned this opportunity, he plays the right way and is a great example for our younger players to follow,” said Head Coach James Patrick. “A strong two-way player that does things the right way and has the respect of the room, he will do a great job.”

Kroeker joined the ICE after being acquired from the Lethbridge Hurricanes in the middle of the 2016-17 season. During his time with the ICE, the fourth-year WHL forward has scored 19 goals and registered 51 points in 49 games.

The Surrey, B.C. native has played in 204 regular season games, amassing 41 goals and 69 assists for 110 points. Kroeker has also played in 13 playoff games – five with Lethbridge and eight with Regina.

“There is a great history of ICE captains,” said Matt Cockell, President and General Manager. “Today is a day to celebrate our history, stay focused on the present and empower our group, with Colton’s leadership, to take us forward. The future of this group is very bright.”

Here’s a list of former ICE captains:

– John Kachur    1996-1997
– Steve McCarthy    1998-2000
– Mike Green    2000
– Mike Comrie    2000
– Dean Arsene    2000-2001
– Jason Jaffray    2001-2002
– Jarret Stoll    2001-2002
– Colin Sinclair    2002-2003
– Nigel Dawes    2003-2005
– Adam Cracknell    2005-2006
– Ryan Russell    2006-2007
– Steve DaSilva    2007-2008
– Andrew Bailey    2008-2009
– Dustin Sylvester    2009-2010
– Brayden McNabb    2010-2011
– Drew Czerwonka    2011-2012
– Joey Leach    2013
– Sam Reinhart    2013-2015
– Luke Philp    2015-2016
– Tanner Lishchynsky    2016
– Cale Fleury    2017

The next home game for the ICE is Tuesday, November 21 against the Portland Winterhawks. Puck drop is scheduled for 7 p.m. It’s also one of five Rain Check Nights on the ICE schedule – which means any unused season or mini pack tickets can be used for this game. Tickets are still available and can be purchased online at ICEcountry.ca, at the ICE Gear Store at Western Financial Place or by calling 250-417-0322.

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