Ice to play WHL final games at Canada Life Centre
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Sure, the Winnipeg Jets and Manitoba Moose have already been eliminated from their respective NHL and AHL playoffs. But that doesn’t mean hockey is finished at Canada Life Centre.
The Winnipeg Ice have worked out an agreement with True North to move their upcoming Western Hockey League championship series to the downtown rink.
Game 1 is set for this Friday at 7 p.m., while Game 2 goes Saturday at 6 p.m. Tickets go on sale on Tuesday at noon.
The Ice are four wins away from going to the Memorial Cup later this month. They will face the winner of the ongoing series between the Seattle Thunderbirds and Kamloops Blazers. Seattle led the best-of-seven 3-2 heading into Monday night’s game in British Columbia. Game 7, if necessary, would go Tuesday in Washington.
Fans who had already purchased tickets for the upcoming games at Wayne Fleming Arena, which is the home of the Ice, will be contacted by the organization on Tuesday with information about how to access their new seats.
The Ice have seven players on the roster who have already been drafted by NHL teams, including captain Carson Lambos (Minnesota Wild). Forward Zach Benson is projected to go early in the first round of the 2023 draft, which will be held next month in Nashville.
Should Seattle be Winnipeg’s opponent, local fans will be able to get a look at Jets prospect Brad Lambert. The 19-year-old from Finland, who was drafted 30th overall last summer, began the year with the Moose (two goals, one assist in 14 games) before being sent back to junior.