September marks the start of one of the most exciting and important season in the team's 13 year history. Not only is the team looking to conquer their fifth straight NEAJBHL title, but it marks the beginning of the journey to the 2015 Keystone Cup. Out of the 119 Teams that battle for this prestigious tournament, Cold Lake is the only team guaranteed to be playing during the 3rd week of April. Not only is the pressure on to ice a competitive squad year in and year out but now to choose the best 23 players to give our organization a chance to not only compete for the Western Championship but a chance to win!
This year we once again have the taunting task of replacing players that have moved on from our winning organization from years before. The team is faced with the impossible task of replacing last year's captain Dallas Ansell. Dallas is a kind of player that every coach wants to have and he was nothing but a pleasure to deal with for 3 seasons. Dallas along with Brandyn Garth, Logan Davies and Zach Zarowny are the familiar faces who have moved on. The team also made moves which saw the 2014 forwards Jake Chizma and Brandon Cunningham change jerseys.
As a coaching staff we believe that it is crucial to assemble a team that not only looks good on the ice but works as one, inside and out of the arena. The new members of the team that have come in looking to guarantee themselves a spot in April are all great character players that will mesh well with the group left from last season. We are prepared to do whatever it takes to try and bring home the Keystone Cup to the host City for the first time since 1994-95, when the Lloydminster Bandits captured it on Home Ice!
Of course we couldn't do any of this without our Volunteers, Sponsors and most of all the Great Fans.
We always look forward to seeing you at the rink!!!
Neil Langridge Head Coach and General Manager Cold Lake Jr B Ice
The Cold Lake Ice are a Junior "B" Ice Hockey team based in Cold Lake, Alberta, Canada. They are members of the North Eastern Alberta Junior B Hockey League (NEAJBHL). They play their home games at the new Cold Lake Events Centre.