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April 20, 2020 - Western Hockey League (WHL) - Winnipeg Ice News Release

The 2019-20 season was one to remember for the Winnipeg ICE, in the team's first season in the Manitoba capital the club posted its best record in six years.

The ICE led the East Division with 38 wins and had the division's second-best points total thanks to a 38-24-1-0 record, a high-water mark in victories for the team dating back to a 39 win showing in 2013-14.

A strong commitment to drafting well, and offering a world-class development environment, serve as key pillars in creating a competitive advantage.

When the most recent WHL campaign ended 11 of the 22 players on the Winnipeg roster were ICE WHL Bantam Draft selections.

The 2020 WHL Bantam Draft is coming up on Wednesday, April 22nd and this is part-three of a four-part look at how the draft has shaped the ICE.


The ICE won the WHL Draft Lottery in the spring of 2018, and moved up to the second-overall spot as a result, a bit of good fortune that allowed the club to choose Winnipeg's own Carson Lambos.

The Winnipeg product was seen as a possible top-pick in that draft and the ICE were thrilled to add the talented defenseman to the program when their turn came two years ago.

After a handful of games as a 15-year old, and WHL goal number-one, Lambos impressed from the start this season - his first full-season in the league.

Guided by coaches James Patrick, Jon Klemm, and Josh Green - and often working alongside veteran stalwarts Reese Harsch or Dawson Barteaux - Carson displayed a maturity beyond his years.

Whether it was facing the opponent's best players at even strength, or playing a part on either of the special teams, Lambos excelled and showed an ability to learn along the way.

At season's end Carson was named co-Rookie of the Year for the ICE (alongside Michal Teply) and finished as the top-scoring freshman blueliner in the WHL with 32 points in 57 contests.


Defenceman Karter Prosofsky and forward Skyler Bruce were both selected by the ICE in the second round of the 2018 WHL Draft and both showed plenty of promise with Winnipeg this past season.

After gaining experience in midget early in the campaign, Prosofsky worked his way into 34 games with the big club and showed a competitive fire that when coupled with a developing skill set will only boost his value in the seasons ahead.

Bruce displayed good hockey sense and an ability to take on any role he was assigned in 10 games with the ICE, but it's the 65 points in only 28 games with the Northern Alberta X-Treme of the Canadian Sports School Hockey League that has the Winnipeg brass confident the young forward is bound to be a contributor.

Find out who the ICE add in the 2020 WHL Bantam Draft Wednesday, April 22nd by visiting or following along on our social media channels.

Until June 1, 2020, your decision to purchase a season ticket results in the ICE donating 15% of the purchase to local COVID-19 relief organizations and an additional ticket to healthcare workers or youth on your behalf.

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