The Winnipeg ICE have extended the contract of Head Coach James Patrick. The team announced the Winnipeg product’s three-year extension would kick in following the 2019-20 Western Hockey League season and run through the completion of the 2022-23 calendar year.
Patrick, who is in his third season with the ICE, has seen significant improvements to his team’s play following his first two years at the helm, in which the then Kootenay ICE compiled just 40 total wins, and a combined 40-83-17 record. Through 51 games of 2019-20, Winnipeg is second in the East Division with a 31-19-1 record, already earning more points (63) than in each of the past two seasons.
“James has been instrumental in changing the culture of our organization over the last three years.” Matt Cockell, ICE General Manager said in a team-issued press release. “We are excited that James will continue leading the development of ICE players moving forward.”
Patrick skated in nearly 1,300 NHL games over 21 different seasons with the New York Rangers, Hartford Whalers, Calgary Flames and Buffalo Sabres. Upon retirement, he joined the Sabres’ coaching staff and stayed 11 years in the NHL. He shifted to the WHL in 2017 when the ICE came calling.
Winnipeg also announced the promotion of Jake Heisinger to Vice President and Assistant General Manager, where he is expected to serve as Cockell’s ‘right hand man’ in day-to-day hockey operations and oversee Winnipeg’s affiliate Manitoba Junior Hockey League team, the Winnipeg Blues.