On the 11th day of our annual Christmas countdown, we’ve got an all-time favourite. It’s The Pogues, featuring the late Kirsty MacColl, with Fairytale of New York, and it’s right here.
With all signs pointing to an off-season move to Winnipeg, the Kootenay Ice has acquired the rights to a player from the Manitoba capital. . . . The Ice picked up F Carter Loney, 16, who hasn’t signed a WHL contract, and a seventh-round selection in the 2019 bantam draft from the Victoria Royals, who get a sixth-round pick in the 2019 draft, and a conditional fourth-round selection in 2022, in exchange. . . . The Royals selected Loney in the 10th round of the 2017 bantam draft. . . . Not only has Loney not signed a WHL deal, but he has committed to the U of Minnesota-Duluth Bulldogs for 2021-22. . . . This season, he has seven goals and 16 assists in 20 games with the Winnipeg-Rink Hockey Academy prep team. He also has a goal and three assists in four games with the academy’s U-18 team, and a goal and three assists in six games with the MJHL’s Steinbach Pistons. . . .
Loney is the fifth Manitoban acquired by the Ice in recent trades. . . . F Justin Svenson, 17, of Ile Des Chenes and F Chase Bertholet, 15, of Thompson came over in a deal with the Red Deer Rebels. Svenson is with the MJHL’s Swan Valley Stampeders; Bertholet plays for the midget AAA Prince Albert Mintos. . . . F Eric Fawkes, 17, of Winnipeg, was acquired from the Seattle Thunderbirds. He is with the MJHL’s Winkler Flyers and has committed to the RPI (Rensselaer Polytech Institute) Engineers for 2020-21. . . . F Jack Cowell, 19, of Winnipeg was acquired from the Kelowna Rockets but chose not to report to the Ice, so the WHL cancelled the trade. . . .
The Ice has four Manitobans on its roster in F Cole Muir, who is from Vista; D Jordan Chudley of Souris, D Zach Patrick of Winnipeg, and G Duncan McGovern, who also is from Winnipeg. . . .
Two of Kootenay’s top three selections in the 2018 bantam draft are from Winnipeg. D Carson Lambos, who was taken with the second overall selection, plays for the Rink Hockey Academy prep team, while F Skyler Bruce, who was taken 29th overall, plays for the academy’s Elite 15s.
The Ice took one other Manitoban — D Hughie Hooker of Brandon — among its nine selections in the 2018 draft. He is playing with the midget AAA Winnipeg Wild.
In the 2017 draft, its first under the ownership of Winnipeggers Greg Fettes and Matt Cockell, the Ice didn’t have any Manitobans among its 10 selections.
With the WHL in its Christmas break, there is a trade moratorium in place through Dec. 27 at 12:01 a.m. It applies to roster players.
COUNTDOWN TO DEADLINE
(WHL trade deadline: Jan. 10, 3 p.m. MT)
No. of trades: 1.
Bantam draft picks: 2.
Conditional draft picks: 1.
Total deals (since Nov. 26):
No. of trades: 14.
Bantam draft picks: 23.
Conditional draft picks:6.
(Note: On Nov. 30, Kelowna traded F Jack Cowell, 19, to Kootenay for a third-round selection in the 2020 bantam draft. Cowell chose not to report and the deal was voided, so isn’t included in these totals.)
Troy Mick is out of the hockey business, at least for now, and focusing on real estate. Mick revealed on Facebook on Saturday that he has moved back to his hometown of Vernon, B.C., where he will join Royal LePage “an an unlicensed assistant to realtor Darcy Sochan” in the new year. Mick plans on becoming licensed and said he will continue to work with Sochan afterwards. . . . Mick, 49, began this season as the president of the USA-Central Hockey League, a new junior circuit whose season was cancelled earlier this month. . . . Mick played four seasons in the WHL — three with the Portland Winterhawks and one with the Regina Pats — and put up 204 goals and 262 assists in 267 games. Any chance at a successful pro career was shelved by knee problems. . . . He turned to coaching in 1993 and spent most of the next 25 years as a general manager, head coach or both, making stops in Vernon, Portland, Tri-City, Kamloops, Revelstoke and Salmon Arm.
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