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Preview: Oil Kings at Rockets

  November 25, 2019 The Kelowna Rockets will put their four-game win streak on the line against the Edmonton Oil Kings tomorrow night at Prospera Place. The Rockest picked up all four of a possible four points this past weekend during a mini road trip to the United States. They opened the weekend with a Read More »

Tips and Winterhawks leading WHL

  November 25, 2019 Here’s how things are looking 24 or so games into the 2019-2020 WHL regular season. In the West, it’s the US Division Everett Silvertips and Portland Winterhawks tied for first place overall, each with 33 points. The Tips have done it in 22 games, the Hawks in 23. The Kamloops Blazers Read More »

WHL – 105 players attending NHL Camps

    September 16, 2019 The Western Hockey League announced last week that 105 WHL players would be attending NHL rookie and training camps in September. All players are eligible to return to the WHL for the 2019-20 season. Of the 105 players attending, 58 were selected in the NHL Draft, including Saskatoon Blades forward Read More »

WHL Preseason comes to a close

  September 16, 2019 The final 15 games of the 2019 Western Hockey League Pre-season are in the books and the start of the 2019-20 WHL Regular Season is now only days away.   Oil Kings sweep away Cougars in Fort St. John The Edmonton Oil Kings and Prince George Cougars closed out their pre-season Read More »

WHL Pre-season – Tips, Blazers and Broncs go 3-0

  September 6, 2019 Western Hockey League pre-season action was in full swing throughout the league as 16 games took place over the Labour Day weekend. Through it all, three teams emerged with perfect records, the Everett Silvertips, Kamloops Blazers, and Swift Current Broncos.     Hosting a pre-season tournament at Angel of the Winds Arena Read More »

NHL Central Scouting – 20 BC Players listed

      April 16, 2019 BC Born / Raised NHL Draft Prospects Here’s a brief look at the Top 10 BC players on the NHL Central Scouting final pre-draft prospects list. Scroll down for the full list of 20 BC born / raised players listed.     Cranbrook’s Bowen Byram of the Vancouver Giants, Read More »

Kelowna Rockets announce Mem Cup packages for season ticket holders

    March 29, 2019 Ticket package prices have been announced for current Kelowna Rockets season ticket holders and future 2019/2020 Kelowna Rockets season ticket holders. The Host Committee for the 2020 Memorial Cup presented by Kia, has released details about 2020 Memorial Cup Ticket Packages. Current Kelowna Rockets season ticket holders will get the Read More »

Rockets down Blazers 2-1 in OT

  February 3, 2019 The Kelowna Rockets downed the Kamloops Blazers 2-1 in overtime Saturday night at Prospera Place in Kelowna, BC. Both the Rockets and Blazers each had a power play chance, but neither team could get on the board. Just like the first period, neither team could beat the opposing goaltender. Early in Read More »

Rockets finish 2018 at .500

  Marissa Baecker photo December 30, 2018 The Kelowna Rockets split their back to back home and home series vs the Kamloops Blazers with a 2-1 victory at Prospera Place Saturday night. Luke Zazula (3) got the Blazers on the board first when he squeaked the puck between Rockets starter, Roman Basran’s pad and the post Read More »

Rockets blank Royals in goaltending duel

  December 8, 2018 Glen Erickson, Kelowna Daily Courier Midway through the Kelowna Rockets’ contest against the division rival Victoria Royals, it became apparent that one of the teams was probably going to have to win ugly. For the Rockets, now 14-15-2 on the season, winning ugly on Friday night sure beat the alternative. “It Read More »

Kelowna Rockets acquire rights to Alex Swetlikoff from Hurricanes

  December 6, 2018 Alex Swetlikoff’s rights have been traded to his hometown Kelowna Rockets in a Thursday deal with the Lethbridge Hurricanes. In return for the rights to the 17-year-old forward, the Hurricanes received a fourth-round selection in the 2022 Western Hockey League Bantam Draft. Originally selected in the third round, 62nd overall, of the Read More »

WHL Update – Giants increase lead in West

    December 5, 2018 BC Division The Vancouver Giants continue to stretch their lead at the top of the WHL BC division, and are knocking on the door for the #1 spot overall in the Western Conference. With a record of 20-6-2-0 ant 42 points, the Giants are just three back of Everett, with Read More »

Blades clip Rockets 5-4 in OT

    December 1, 2018 The Kelowna Rockets fell to the Saskatoon Blades 5-4 in overtime Saturday night at Prospera Place. Saskatoon opened the scoring 11:27 into the first period when Gary Haden(7) crashed the net, putting the puck and himself into it. The goal would be reviewed but was ultimately deemed good. Not even a minute Read More »

Rockets downed 7-0 in Red Deer

  November 17, 2018   The Kelowna Rockets were defeated by the Red Deer Rebels 7-0 at the ENMAX Centrium in Red Deer, Alberta Friday night. Both teams came out evenly matched exchanging scoring chances early on in the first period. The Rockets were awarded the first power play of the game 10:52 into the Read More »

48 WHLer on NHL’s “Players to Watch” list

  November 15, 2018 Calgary – NHL Central Scouting has issued an updated ‘Players to Watch’ list for the 2019 NHL Draft, with 48 Western Hockey League players making the grade. NHL Central Scouting identifies players with a rating system that includes four categories.  The ‘A’ rating indicates a first round candidate, a ‘B’ rating indicates Read More »

WHL Update – Giants maintain lead in West

    November 13, 2018 The Vancouver Giants kept things rolling on the weekend, with a tight win and a loss vs the visiting Prince George Cougars to maintain their eight point lead over second place Victoria Royals. The Giants won the opener Saturday 2-1 then lost the rematch Sunday 1-0. Victoria split their series Read More »

WHL Standings – Giants stretch lead in West

    November 4, 2018 The Vancouver Giants continue as the hottest team in the WHL Western Conference. The team is now posting 12-3-2 record overall, and are second overall in the league. The Giants’ Trent Miner is now 4-1-0-2 with a league leading 1.41 goals against average and a .953 save percentage –  partner Read More »

Rockets down PG in OT, improve to 6-10-0

    October 30, 2018 The Kelowna Rockets defeated the Prince George Cougars 4-3 in overtime on Saturday night at Prospera Place in Kelowna. The two clubs traded chances throughout the first, but the Cougars were the only team to get onto the board in the opening frame. Josh Maser (3) shovelled one into the net 17:29 Read More »

WHL Standings – Giants continue to lead West, PA on a tear

    October 28, 2018 The Vancouver Giants remain the hottest team in the WHL Western Conference, with an 11-3-2 record overall. The Giants’ Trent Miner is now 4-0-1-0 with a league leading 1.41 goals against average and a .953 save percentage –  partner David Tendeck is 7-3-1, and .900. Right behind the Giants at Read More »

Rockets victorious in Adam Foote’s debut

    October 23, 2018 The Kelowna Rockets made a winner of their new head coach on Tuesday night at Prospera Place in Kelowna, winning 3-2 over the Swift Current Broncos. Lane Zablocki, Kyle Topping and Jack Cowell scored for the Rockets while Kaedean Korczak added two assists in a winning cause as the Rockets Read More »

Adam Foote takes helm for Rockets, notches first W

      October 23, 2018 Kelowna Rockets General Manager Bruce Hamilton today announced the hiring of Adam Foote as the team’s new head coach. The announcement comes a day after the release of Jason Smith, who was entering his third season with Rockets. The release came after a disappointing 4-10-0 start for a team Read More »

Miner named WHL Goaltender of the Week (Again)

October 22, 2018 For the second time this month, Vancouver Giants goaltender Trent Miner (2001 – Brandon, MB) has been named the WHL Eli Wilson Goaltending Goaltender of the Week for the week ending October 21st. Miner appeared in two games this week for the Giants and turned aside 59 of the 62 shots he Read More »

#1 Giants Wrap Weekend With a 3-1 W vs Rockets

October 22, 2018 A busy stretch of games ended on a high note for the Vancouver Giants Sunday at home. Owen Hardy scored twice and goaltender Trent Miner stopped 28 of 29 shots as the Vancouver Giants (10-2-2-0) earned a 3-1 victory over the visiting Kelowna Rockets (4-10). Rookie Justin Sourdif added a goal for Read More »

Rockets release Head Coach Jason Smith

    October 22, 2018 Kelowna, BC Kelowna Rockets General Manager Bruce Hamilton has announced that the Rockets have released head coach Jason Smith of his duties as of Monday, Oct. 22, 2018. “Any time you let someone go that is the quality of Jason Smith it’s very tough, however the success of our hockey Read More »

Americans acquire Wil Kushniryk from Rockets for conditional draft pick

  October 22, 2018 by Robert Murray   The Tri-City Americans have acquired forward Wil Kushniryk from the Kelowna Rockets in a Monday afternoon trade. In return, the Rockets have received a conditional fifth-round selection in the 2020 Western Hockey League Bantam Draft. The 18-year-old Kushniryk had just entered his second season with the Rockets. Read More »

Victoria’s Scott Walford has Russians, Rockets on his mind

    October 18, 2018 by Clive Dheensaw, Times Colonist Neil Young observed that rust never sleeps. It certainly doesn’t and is insidiously relentless when inactivity occurs. So fans will know what Victoria Royals defenceman Scott Walford means when he talks about “getting rid of the rust.” The Western Hockey League certainly believes he has Read More »

6 BC players selected for Canada-Russia series

  October 18, 2018 Calgary, AB The Western Hockey League has announced its selections for Team WHL, which will compete against Team Russia at the 2018 CIBC Canada Russia Series in Kamloops and Vancouver. Six BC based players have made the cut. Team WHL will face Team Russia in Game 1 in Kamloops, BC, on Read More »

WHL Standings – Giants lead West

    October 15, 2018 The Vancouver Giants are currently the hottest team in the WHL Western Conference, after posting an 8-1-1 record in their last ten games, finishing with a 3-2 win Sunday vs the previously undefeated Victoria Royals. The Giants had bounced back from a 3-2 OTL to the Royals the night before. Read More »

WHL – Giants in 1st, hand Royals first loss

    October 15, 2018 Through their first 10 games, the Vancouver Giants have earned 17 of 20 available points, to post their best start in a decade. Sunday afternoon in Victoria the Giants handed the Royals their first loss, in a 3-2 decision. It was a bounce back game for the Giants, who had Read More »