Following a one-year experiment within the Manitoba Junior Hockey League, Josh Green has re-joined the Western Hockey League’s Winnipeg ICE for the 2020-21 season. The league’s most recently relocated team saw Green serve as an assistant back in 2019-20, before he signed on to be the head coach of the newly founded Winnipeg Freeze for 2020-21.
With the 2020-21 MJHL season having recently been called off, 50 Below Sports + Entertainment – which owns both the ICE and Freeze – felt Green’s services would be best used with the team that is currently playing hockey at the moment.
Following his professional career – which included time with the Manitoba Moose before the now 43-year-old went overseas for periods of time from 2007-17 – Green joined the Winnipeg Blues for one season as an assistant coach. He then jumped on board with 50 Below and has bounced between two of the organization’s teams ever since.
The ICE also named Byron Spriggs as the team’s goaltending consultant. The former Winnipeg Blues and University of Manitoba Bisons netminder has served as an emergency backup goaltender at Bell MTS Place for Winnipeg Jets games. He will balance duties as goaltender coach of the Bisons, while maintaining his role with the ICE.
Ryan Guenter will join the club at the Regina bubble serving as an assistant coach solely within the 2020-21 hub. Following this year, he will begin as the team’s manager of scouting and hockey ops going forward.
The ICE will begin play alongside Manitoba’s Brandon Wheat Kings in Saskatchewan for a 24-game regular season based out of Regina’s Brandt Centre. The seven teams making up the East Division will battle it out in bubble play beginning on Friday, March 12.