Professional & Spectator Sports
Spectators at a hockey game (Kevin Arnold photo)
Cranbrook has some of the best sport and recreation facilities in the Kootenay Rockies.
In the course of a year, the city hosts competitions in sports as diverse as major and minor league hockey, basketball, boxing, swimming and more.
Ice Hockey: Kootenay Ice
Cranbrook's famous hockey brothers, Scott and Rob Niedermayer, are part-owners of the Western Hockey League franchise, the Kootenay Ice. The team plays at least 36 games on home ice during a season that runs from September through March, with playoff action potentially continuing through to the Memorial Cup in May. The Ice became hockey heroes when they brought home the Memorial Cup in 2002.
Up to 3,000 fans typically pack the Cranbrook RecPlex for a chance to catch some exciting hockey and see up-and-coming players. Kootenay Ice alumni now playing in the NHL (National Hockey League) include Jarret Stoll of the Los Angeles Kings and Nigel Dawes of the Phoenix Coyotes.