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WHL Top Guns – Scoring Leaders & Goalies

January 13, 2020  The WHL’s Top 30 Scoring Leaders and Top 20 Goaltenders. Scoring Leaders: WHL Top 30 – 1.13.2020               Rank Pos Name Team GP G A PTS +/- PIM 1 LW Beckman, Adam SPO 39 30 34 64 30 12 2 C Hamblin, James MH 42 23 41 Read More »

Top 200 NA skaters – NHL Central Scouting midterms

    January 13, 2020 NHL Central Scouting today released its midterm 2020 NHL Draft rankings. Here’s the Top 200 North American skaters listed. R Skater Ht Wt Pos Current Team League 1 LAFRENIERE, ALEXIS 6′ 1″ 196 LW RIMOUSKI QMJHL 2 BYFIELD, QUINTON 6′ 4″ 215 C SUDBURY OHL 3 DRYSDALE, JAMIE 5′ 11″ Read More »

51 WHL players crack NHL Central Scouting midterms

  January 13, 2020 NHL Central Scouting’s midterm rankings for the 2020 NHL Draft includes 51 WHL players. Nine WHL skaters cracked the top 30 North Americans. Four WHL goalies were listed in the top 10 North American goaltenders. The top ranked WHL skater, at #7 is defenceman Kaiden Guhle (Prince Albert Raiders / Sherwood Read More »

Top 200 NA skaters – by league and country

    January 13, 2020 NHL Central Scouting today released its midterm 2020 NHL Draft rankings. Here’s an overview of the Top 200 North American skaters (no goalies), by country/league. In summary, players toiling in Canadian leagues (which includes some US and European players), make up almost two thirds of the total (64.5%) – 129 Read More »

Rockets’ Basran named WHL Eli Wilson Goaltending Goaltender of the Week

  November 25, 2019 Calgary, Alta. – The Western Hockey League announced today that Kelowna Rockets goaltender Roman Basran has been named the WHL Eli Wilson Goaltending Goaltender of the Week for the week ending November 24, 2019. In 120 minutes of action this week, Basran posted a 2-0-0-0 record while maintaining a 1.00 goals-against average and stopping 50 of 52 shots for Read More »

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 »