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BC Hockey U16 2002 Shortlist

  July 24, 2017 BC Hockey has announced the 35 players shortlisted for potential participation on Team BC at the 2017 Western Canada U16 Challenge Cup this fall against Team Alberta, Team Manitoba and Team Saskatchewan. The Western Canada U16 Challenge Cup takes place from October 17 – 22, 2017 at WinSport in Calgary, Alberta. Read More »

Gardiner Signs AHL Contract – Kelowna Rockets

July 10, 2017 by Kevin Bain The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins announced today that they have signed forward Reid Gardiner to an American Hockey League contract for the 2017-18 season. “I’m excited for this next step and to be able to play in the AHL again,” explained Gardiner. “I feel like I’m ready to play pro hockey Read More »

Hosts Win Mem Cup after first round OHL bounce

  May 28, 201 WINDSOR, Ontario, May 23, 2017 — For the third time in franchise history the Windsor Spitfires are Mastercard Memorial Cup champions. Fourth-year veteran Aaron Luchuk scored the game winner 5:07 into the third period as the host Spitfires defeated the OHL champion Erie Otters 4-3 before a capacity crowd of 6,519 at Read More »

Sea Dogs eliminate WHL Champs

  May 23, 201 WINDSOR, Ontario, May 23, 2017 — It was an inglorious end to a terrific season, as the Quebec league champion Saint John Sea Dogs defeated the Western league champion Seattle Thunderbirds 7-0 Tuesday night at the Mastercard Memorial Cup at the WFCU Centre in Windsor, Ontario. The loss eliminated the T-Birds Read More »

WHL Championship – Seattle win it!

  May 15, 2017 Regina, Sask. – For the first time in 40 years, the Seattle Thunderbirds are Western Hockey League champions. History was made Sunday evening at the Brandt Centre in Regina as forward Alexander True lifted the Seattle Thunderbirds to an overtime win in Game 6 of the 2017 WHL Championship Series. The Read More »

WHL Championship – Seattle take 3-2 series lead

May 12, 2017 Kent, Wash. – The Seattle Thunderbirds defeated the Regina Pats 7-4 in Game 5 of the WHL Championship series Friday night in front of a ShoWare Center record 6,223 fans to take a 3-2 series lead. Seattle won Game 4, 6-1 on Wednesday, May 10 and could close out the series at Brandt Centre Read More »

WHL Championship – Seattle blast Regina 6-1, series tied 2-2

    May 11, 2017 by Taylor Rocca Kent, Wash. – After three one-goal games to open the 2017 WHL Championship Series, Game 4 took a wild and unexpected turn as the Seattle Thunderbirds rattled off six unanswered goals en route to a decisive 6-1 victory, tying the best-of-seven festivities. Veteran winger Keegan Kolesar registered Read More »

WHL Championship – Seattle vs Regina tied at 1-1

    May 7, 2017 by Taylor Rocca Regina, Sask. – More often than not, when you give the Regina Pats a power-play opportunity, they’re going to make you pay. That’s exactly what happened Saturday as the WHL Championship Series required overtime for the second consecutive night. With Keegan Kolesar serving a minor penalty for Read More »

WHL Championship Series – Seattle vs Regina – Preview

  May 4, 2017 by Taylor Rocca The stage is set. The 2017 WHL Championship Series – presented by Rogers –  features the Regina Pats and Seattle Thunderbirds. It gets underway Friday, May 5 at 7 p.m. MT. Here’s a preview of the contest for the Ed Chynoweth Cup. For the first time in WHL history, Read More »

WHL Western Conference – Seattle win title in game 6

April 30,  2017 by Kevin Bain The Seattle Thunderbirds defeated the Kelowna Rockets 3-1 on Sunday evening at Prospera Place in game six of the Western Conference Championship to eliminate the Rockets and advance to the Western Hockey League Championship. The Rockets opened up the scoring as Nolan Foote (2) scored on the power play at Read More »

WHL Western Conference – Seattle win game 5

April 28, 2017 by Kevin Bain The Seattle Thunderbirds defeated the Kelowna Rockets 5-3 on Friday night in the ShoWare Center in Kent, Washington in game five of the Western Conference Championship of the 2017 WHL Playoffs. Seattle opened the scoring 3:15 into the first period as Scott Eansor scored a shorthanded goal for his fifth Read More »

WHL Western Conference – Rockets/Thunderbirds game 5 Friday night

April 28, 2017 by Regan Bartel Tonight’s Preview: Welcome to game five of the Western Conference final. The Kelowna Rockets and Seattle Thunderbirds are tied at two wins apiece. Nick Merkley scored the game winner early in the second period leading the Rockets to a 4-2 win in game four Wednesday night. Nolan Foote and Read More »

WHL Western Conference – Rockets even series 2-2

April 26, 2017 by Kevin Bain The Kelowna Rockets defeated the Seattle Thunderbirds 4-2 on Wednesday night at Prospera Place in game four of the Western Conference Championship of the 2017 WHL Playoffs. The Thunderbirds opened the scoring 3:09 into the opening period as Ryan Gropp (3) scored on a Seattle power play. The Rockets Read More »

WHL Western Conference – Seattle win Game 3 in Kelowna

  April 25, 2017 The Seattle Thunderbirds defeated the Kelowna Rockets 2-1 on Tuesday night in game three of the Western Conference Championship at Prospera Place. After a fast paced opening period, the two clubs were scoreless through 20 minutes of play. It took until the 11:33 mark of the middle frame but Keegan Kolesar(8) Read More »

WHL – Rockets Gardiner named PoW, Again

      April 24, 2017 Calgary, Alta. – The Western Hockey League announced today that Kelowna Rockets forward Reid Gardiner has been named theWHL Player of the Week for the week ending April 23, 2017. Gardiner registered five points (3G-2A) in two games, helping the Rockets earn a split with the Seattle Thunderbirds in the opening two games of Read More »

WHL Western Conference – Kelowna win Game 2, 1-1 now

April 24, 2017 by Kevin Bain The Kelowna Rockets are set to host the Seattle Thunderbirds for games three and four of the Western Conference Championships in the 2017 WHL Playoffs. The Rockets return to Kelowna after splitting games one and two in Kent, Washington with the T-Birds. On Friday the Rockets lost 5-4 after Read More »

WHL Western Conference – Seattle down Kelowna in game 1

  April 21, 2017 by Kevin Bain The Seattle Thunderbirds defeated the Kelowna Rockets 5-4 on Friday night in game one of the Western Conference Championship of the 2017 WHL Playoffs. Seattle opened the scoring in game one. Ryan Gropp (2) tipped a point shot that slipped behind Michael Herringer. After a video review it Read More »

WHL: Western Conference Preview

April 20, 2017 by Taylor Rocca As the Seattle Thunderbirds and Kelowna Rockets meet for the second consecutive time in the WHL’s Western Conference Championship series both sides carry their fair share of things to prove. Mathew Barzal, captain of the Thunderbirds, came back to the Western Hockey League with a lengthy checklist – two Read More »

WHL – Rockets Gardiner Player of the Week

    April 17, 2017 Calgary – The Western Hockey League has announced Kelowna Rockets forward Reid Gardiner as the WHL Player of the Week for the week ending April 16, 2017. Gardiner exploded for 12 points (6G-6A) in three games, helping the Rockets advance to the Western Conference Championship series for the fourth consecutive year following a five-game victory Read More »

WHL – Rockets down Hawks 6-2, clinch series, Seattle next

  April 15, 2017 by Kevin Bain / Marissa Baecker photo The Kelowna Rockets defeated the Portland Winterhawks 6-2 on Friday night in game five of the second round of the 2017 WHL Playoffs eliminating the Hawks in the best-of-seven series 4-1 to advance to the Western Conference Finals for the fourth consecutive season. The Rockets Read More »

WHL – Rockets up 3-1, Game 5 preview

  April 14, 2017 by Regan Bartel  / Marissa Baecker photo Tonight’s Preview: It is game five of the Kelowna Rockets second round playoff series with the Portland Winterhawks. The Rockets lead the series 3 games to 1. If a game 6 is necessary, it will be played Sunday night at Veterans Memorial Coliseum. These two Read More »

Anderson-Dolan to Captain Canada at World U18 Hockey Championship

April 12, 2017   POPRAD, Slovakia – Jaret Anderson-Dolan (09.12.99, Calgary, Edge Prep, Spokane Chiefs) will wear the ‘C’ on his Team Canada jersey at the 2017 IIHF U18 World Championship in Poprad and Spisska Nova Ves, Slovakia, April 13-23. Alternate captains are Stelio Mattheos (06.14.99, Winnipeg, Winnipeg Wild Midget AAA, Brandon Wheat Kings) and Maxime Read More »

WHL – Tigers tie series with 3-2 OT win over ‘Canes

April 12, 2017 Medicine Hat Tigers (3) at Lethbridge Hurricanes (2) – OT Series tied 2-2 Game 5: Friday, April 14 – Canalta Centre, Medicine Hat – 7:30 p.m. MT John Dahlstrom has extended the Tigers’ season. It wasn’t that Medicine Hat had exhausted its nine lives, but falling behind 3-1 to the Lethbridge Hurricanes wouldn’t Read More »

WHL – Rockets now up 3-1, with 7-2 road win

  April 12. 2017 by Kevin Bain The Kelowna Rockets defeated the Portland Winterhawks 7-2 Wednesday night in Portland in game four of the second round of the 2017 WHL Playoffs, to take a 3-1 series lead, headed back to Kelowna for game five. The line of Reid Gardiner (2G-2A), Calvin Thurkauf (2G-1A) and Nick Read More »

WHL – Hawks bounce back, down Rockets 4-2 in game 3

  April 11. 2017 The Portland Winterhawks defeated the Kelowna Rockets 4-2 on Tuesday night, April 11, in Portland in game three of the second round of the 2017 WHL playoffs. Evan Weinger (2) got the first goal of the contest 4:06 into the opening frame for the Winterhawks. At 11:23 Calvin Thurkauf (2) responded Read More »

WHL – Rockets take Hawks 5-2 in game 2

April 9. 2017 by Kevin Bain The Kelowna Rockets defeated the Portland Winterhawks 5-2 on Saturday night at Prospera Place in game two of the second round of the 2017 WHL Playoffs to take a 2-0 lead in the series. As in game 1, the teams were scoreless after 20 minutes of play. Kelowna led Read More »

WHL – Rockets take Hawks 4-2 in game 1

    April 7, 2017 by Kevin Bain The Kelowna Rockets defeated the Portland Winterhawks 4-2 on Friday night at Prospera Place in game one of the second round of the 2017 WHL Playoffs. The shots were 21-7 for Kelowna after the first period but it was scoreless. The Rockets opened the scoring at 3:42 Read More »

WHL – Rockets meet Hawks in Game 1

    April 7, 2017 Story by Regan Bartel, photo by Marissa Baecker The Kelowna Rockets open a second round playoff series tonight against the visiting Portland Winterhawks. The teams are meeting for the sixth time in WHL post season play. In the 2015 Western Conference final, the Rockets won in six games. But in 2014, Read More »