Winnipeg, MB – The Winnipeg ICE will select first overall at the 2019 WHL Bantam Draft, but did you know this isn’t the first time the franchise has held the top pick? It has happened three times since the organization was formed.
In Ahead of the Draft presented by Canad Inns, let’s take a look at the three previous first overall selections by the ICE:
The ICE selected Steve McCarthy with the first overall selection in the 1996 WHL Bantam Draft.
The Trail, BC native played in 154 regular season games with the ICE from 1997-2000. During his three seasons with the club, McCarthy scored 43 goals and added 85 assists for 128 points. He also played in six playoff games in 1999 collecting five assists.
The Chicago Blackhawks selected McCarthy in the first round (23rd overall) in the 1999 NHL Entry Draft. McCarthy played eight seasons in the NHL with Chicago, Vancouver and Atlanta scoring 17 goals and adding 38 assists for 55 points in 302 games.
In addition to his time in the NHL, McCarthy played in the AHL, ECHL, KHL and Europe. He was also a member of Team Canada at the 2000 and 2001 World Junior Hockey Championship.
The ICE selected Jarret Stoll first overall in the 1997 WHL Bantam Draft. It marked the second time in as many years that the franchise received the top pick.
The Melville, Saskatchewan native is one of the greatest players in ICE franchise history.
Stoll played four full seasons with the ICE from 1998-2002. He played in 245 regular season games scoring 124 goals and adding 162 assists for 286 points. In addition, Stoll played in 57 playoff games potting 18 goals and 32 assists for 50 points.
During Stoll’s time with the franchise, the ICE captured two WHL championships (2000, 2002) and one Memorial Cup (2002).
Stoll’s name is still in the record book as he currently is second in ICE franchise history in points (286), assists (162) and power play goals (54). In March of 2019, Stoll became the first inductee into the ICE Hall of Fame.
Stoll’s NHL career began in 2002 when he was selected in the second round (36th overall) in the NHL Entry Draft by the Edmonton Oilers. Stoll would play 13 seasons in the NHL with Edmonton, Los Angeles, New York and Minnesota. He played in 872 regular season games netting 144 goals and adding 244 assists for 388 points. Stoll also played in 97 playoff games collecting 26 points (10G, 16A). Stoll is a two-time Stanley Cup Champion with the Los Angeles Kings (2012, 2014).
In addition to his time in the WHL and NHL, Stoll represented Canada at the 2001 and 2002 World Junior Hockey Championship.
The ICE selected Peyton Krebs with the top pick in the 2016 WHL Bantam Draft.
The Okotoks, Alberta native has played in 137 regular season games with the ICE in two full seasons. He has scored 37 goals and added 91 assists for 128 points.
During the 2017-18 campaign, Krebs led all WHL rookies in points with 54.
Krebs is expected to be a top pick in the 2019 NHL Draft. NHL Central Scouting’s final rankings have Krebs listed at #10 among North American skaters.
In addition to his time with the ICE, Krebs has represented his country at a number of international tournaments. He earned silver as a member of Team Canada Red at the 2017 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge. Krebs also took home a gold medal at the 2018 Hlinka Gretzky Cup.
Currently, Krebs is the captain of Team Canada at the 2019 IIHF World U18 Hockey Championship.
The ICE named Krebs its 23rd captain in franchise history in early December of 2018. At the time, Krebs was the youngest captain in the WHL.
The 2019 WHL Bantam Draft takes place on Thursday, May 2 in Red Deer, Alberta.