Cranbrook, BC – Jeff Chynoweth, General Manager of the Kootenay ICE Hockey Club, today announced the Club has traded 19-year-old Forward Erik Benoit to the Saskatoon Blades in exchange for a fourth round draft pick in the 2013 WHL Bantam Draft.


“Erik came to us a few months ago and requested a trade.  This caught us off guard as we had no intention of trading him.  Ideally we would have liked to acquire a player in return, but our options were very limited.  We wish Erik all the best with the Blades.” added Chynoweth


As a result of today’s transaction, the ICE have 20 players on their roster and  eight picks in the first five rounds of the 2013 WHL Bantam Draft including one in the 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and 4th rounds, and four in the 5th round.


The next home action for the ICE will be tomorrow night as they host the Medicine Hat Tigers at 7:00 pm.  Tickets are available at the Kootenay ICE Office or by calling 250-417-0322.



December 30, 1993  *  Hometown: Calgary, AB

Left Wing  *  Shoots: Left *  5’11”, 178 lbs

                                                           YEAR              TEAM                          GP       G         A          TP       PIM

                                                        2012-13           Kootenay ICE             33        8          10        18        15

                                                       2011-12           Kootenay ICE             66        14        17        31        31

                                                       2010-11           Kootenay ICE             52        4          6          10        20

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