Ice the little franchise that could
Think of the Edmonton Oil Kings today as a preview for what the Edmonton Oilers are going to be.
They advance men. The forerunners. The opening act.
had the No. 2 pick in Curtis Lazar, No. 3 picks in Griffin Reinhart and Mark Pysyk and No. 4 pick in Michael St. Croix, said Jeff Chynoweth, president and general manager of the Kootenay Ice.
a lot like having Taylor Hall, Ryan Nugent Hopkins, Jordan Eberle and whoever they end up with this year.
highest pick in the bantam draft since 2004 has been Sam Reinhart at No. 15. his team down 2 0 to the Oil Kings in the WHL first round playoff series, Chynoweth was not putting down the Oilers. He was attempting to explain the minor miracle which has been the franchise that used to be the Edmonton Ice.
The franchise, the late Ed Chynoweth gift from the league for all his years as league president, had an abysmal 31 105 8 record in Edmonton, playing in an abomination of a building in the Northlands Agricom, with the atrocious situation of a reasonable $13.50 ticket price but a $10 Northlands parking price to go with it.
While Edmonton didn pay much attention when the team was in town, the city paid almost no attention at all after they left. The storyline of this series shouldn be all about the Ice when they were in Edmonton but the tremendous transformation of the franchise here.
They became a WHL team of tradition.
This is the 14th consecutive year Kootenay has been in the playoffs, a record unmatched by any other team in the league. They made it into the playoffs the first year they showed up in town in 1998 99 and they made it every year since.
the longest streak in the WHL and we been above.500 for the last 13 of 14 of them, and it would have been 14 of 14 if we hadn had both our goalies hurt in the same game and ended up going 3 15 down the stretch.
that the year which made us. We went seven games against Calgary in our first round series.
won three WHL championships in the last 11 years, but the one last year was the best, he said of hoisting the Ed Chynoweth Trophy.
year was special. Those kids knew what that trophy meant to me. The first two years it was the President Cup, but they renamed it in honour of my dad. Those kids just wouldn lose. you should know the Ice have an exceptional record of knocking off top seeded teams in series which have opened on the road, although they never lost all six regular season games and the first two games of a series to a team and come back, as they have to do here.
have the second best regular season record to Calgary in that span. We the only two teams going into this year which had 500 wins. Including those 31 wins in Edmonton, we only one win away from 600 as a franchise, Chynoweth said.
Yet this is a team which only once has finished first overall like the Oil Kings did this year and has never come close to the 50 wins Edmonton rang up this season.
Wednesday and Thursday Games 3 4 will be their 147th and 148th playoff best price pandora charms games, They won 80 of them.
That in 14 years. By comparison, the Oilers have been in the NHL pandora style charms for 34 years, won five Stanley Cups and played in seven finals, and have played 251 playoff games.
With three appearances in the Memorial Cup to show for it 2000, 2002 and 2011 the Ice record has only been matched over the same span by the Kamloops Rockets who, like Kootenay, won the Memorial Cup once.
It nothing of the order of the original Oil Kings, who made six consecutive trips to the Memorial Cup final and won it twice back in the 1960s when it was a two team, best of seven series, not a four team round robin with a one game final. But in some ways it a modern day miracle.
You can help but marvel, as you drive around town listening to Game 2 from Edmonton on local radio, that there not just a team of tradition here, but that there a franchise at all.
Cranbrook seems to be one long strip with not much town around it.
Indeed, official pandora the 2011 census lists the population at 19,364.
Only Swift Current, at 17,535, is smaller.
not only the second smallest market in the WHL, we the only one of the smaller markets privately owned, he said of the team, owned 75% by his family and 25% by Scott and Rob Niedermayer whose mother Carol lives here and who have summer homes in the area.
Current, Lethbridge, Prince Albert and Moose Jaw are all community owned. Certainly in operating budget, along with Swift Current, we the smallest.
Saskatchewan right now, the economy is tough here. We dropped 19.5% in attendance for a couple years but we up 12.2% this year. That said, we ended up the fourth lowest drawing team in the league with an average of 2,805, he said of playing in the 4,264 seat RecPlex.
have a limited number of businesses here but our support has been phenomenal. We have 2,100 fully paid season tickets. That one out of every nine people in town. That pretty impressive. And they the pandora australia stockists most loyal, knowledgeable fans in the league.
team like Edmonton can have a crowd of a couple thousand on a Tuesday but have 6,000 on Friday. We can do that here.
really have to watch our expenses. We never compromise our players. We treat them as well as the Oil Kings or Vancouver Giants. But we are limited in what we can do.
We limited what we can pay our coaches, for example. That said, we put four of them in pro hockey so far and nobody else in the league can compare. successful as he made this operation, despite the challenges, Jeff Chynoweth admits it was an emotional experience to be in attendance as the Oil Kings drew 17,402 for the first two games of the series.
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