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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 »

WHL Standings – Victoria and PA on top to start

    October 9, 2018 While it’s still very early in the new 2018-2019 season, the Victoria Royals are currently the toast of the WHL Western Conference, undefeated after six games. Hot on their heels though, are the Vancouver Giants, at 6-1-0. Portland 4-2-0-1 is next. Perennial leaders Kelowna Rockets are off to a terrible Read More »

NHL Scouting lists 35 WHL “Players to Watch”

  October 2, 2018 Calgary – NHL Central Scouting issued its preliminary ‘Players to Watch’ list for the 2019 NHL Draft Monday, with 35 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 gets underway, Royals jump out to 4-0-0 start

October 2, 2018 The Western Hockey League kicked off its regular season last week, and so far there are still four undefeated teams. Victoria leads the BC Division with a 4-0-0 record, just ahead of the Vancouver Giants, at 3-1-0. In the Central Division, Edmonton is 5-0-0, while in the Eastern Division, Prince Albert is Read More »

Rockets gear up to host Giants

  October 2, 2018 by Kevin Bains The Kelowna Rockets prepare to host the Vancouver Giants on Wednesday night for another Hat Trick Wednesday. Fresh off of a 5-2 victory over the Prince George Cougars on Saturday, Assistant Coach Kris Mallette says it was nice to get a win, but his team needs to continue progressing every Read More »

Rockets drop first two in PG triple-header

  September 29, 2018 by Kevin Bains The Kelowna Rockets and are looking for the their first win of the season when they wrap their triple-header with the Cougars Saturday night in Prince George. The Rockets fell 3-2 to the Prince George Cougars on Friday night in Prince George, in the second game of the Read More »

Cozens, Bellerive, Hughes lead WHL in opening week

  September 28, 2018 by Robert Murray Western Hockey League Three Stars  1. Dylan Cozens, Lethbridge Hurricanes: 2019 NHL Draft prospect Dylan Cozens led a Canadian Sport School Hockey League-trained sweep of the WHL Three Stars Friday, tallying a hat trick and adding an assist as the Hurricanes downed the Regina Pats by an 8-4 Read More »

WHL Rockets drop home opener to Blazers

  September 23, 2018 by Kevin Bain The Kelowna Rockets fell 3-1 on Saturday night to the Kamloops Blazers at the Rockets home opener at Prospera Place. The Blazers got on the board first as Orrin Centazzo(1) was the benefactor of a lucky bounce in Kamloops’ favour 4:16 into the opening frame. The two clubs Read More »

WHL 2018-19 B.C. Division Preview

    September 19, 2019 by Robert Murray Here’s an overview of the five BC Division WHL teams ahead of the season openers this weekend. A look at who’s returning, who’s new, and team expectations for the new season. Teams are presented in order of finish in theirdivision last season.   Kelowna Rockets General Manager: Bruce Read More »

Rockets drop preseason tilt to Cougars

September 2, 2018 The Kelowna Rockets fell 4-2 to the Prince George Cougars in WHL preseason action on Saturday night at Prospera Place. Battling back and forth, it took until the 17:45 mark of the opening frame but Cole Carrier(1) gave the Rockets a 1-0 lead that they held onto heading into the second period. Read More »

Rockets main camp underway

  August 26, 2018 by Kevin Bain The Kelowna Rockets Main Camp days one and two took place on Saturday and Sunday. 58 players were split into three different squads, with the first team taking the ice at 9:o0 am on Saturday for practice. The other two then faced each other in a scrimmage. Players were then Read More »

Rockets finish #1 in BC Division

March 18, 2018 The Kelowna Rockets closed out the 2017-2018 regular season with an 8-1 win over the Vancouver Giants on Saturday night at Prospera Place. With just over five minutes to play in the first frame Libor Zabransky(2) opened the scoring with a nice snap shot that beat Giants goaltender Trent Miner low on Read More »

WHL Roundup: Royals keep Div title alive

    March 12, 2018 by Robert Murray Prince George Cougars (3) at Victoria Royals (4)  Prince George (23-37-5-4) // Victoria Royals (39-25-4-2) The Victoria Royals kept their B.C. Division title hopes alive Sunday afternoon at home with a 4-3 win over their Prince George Cougars, earning the Royals their 20th one-goal victory of the season. Royals Read More »

Rockets prepped for home and home weekend with Blazers

  March 8, 2018 by Kevin Bain The Kelowna Rocket get set to take on the Kamloops Blazers on Friday night in Kamloops before coming home to face the Blazers when the WHL Suits Up with Don Cherry to promote Organ Donation. Falling last night to the Giants 4-3 in overtime marked the fifth consecutive Read More »

WHL Roundup: Hughes holds off Americans as T-Birds move closer to playoff spot

    March 7, 2018 by Robert Murray Portland Winterhawks (4) at Prince George Cougars (3)  Portland (41-20-1-4) // Prince George (23-35-4-4) It was productive return to Prince George for Dennis Cholowski (Detroit Red Wings) and Portland Winterhawks as each of them picked up a pair of points in a 4-3 win over the Prince George Cougars Tuesday evening. Read More »

Rockets host Giants – have dropped last 4

  The Kelowna Rockets prepare to take on their divisional rival the Vancouver Giants on another Hat-Trick Wednesday at Prospera Place. Having dropped their last four outings, the Rockets are looking to get back on track when they host the Giants on Wednesday night. Assistant Coach Travis Crickard believes the team needs to move forward, Read More »

Kelowna Rockets clinch playoffs for 11th consecutive season

  February 25, 2018 by Kevin Bain With a 6-5 win over the Kamloops Blazers on Saturday night, the Kelowna Rockets clinched a playoff position for the 11th consecutive season, bring their total post season appearances to 26 out of a possible 27. The Rockets are in first place in the B.C. Division with a Read More »

Kelowna Rockets, where are they now

  Tyson Baillie February 21, 2018 Here’s a look at where a few of recent grads of the Kelowna Rockets are playing now. Tyson Baillie is currently in his second season as a member of the University of Alberta Golden Bears of the CIS. Last season, Baillie played in 28 games for U of A Read More »

Pair from Dube dumps Blazers

  February 17, 2018 By Kevin Bain The Kelowna Rockets defeated the Kamloops Blazers 2-1 on Friday night in Kamloops. Dillon Dube(26) got the Rockets on the board first on the power play 4:15 into the opening frame. Montana Onyebuchi(4) evened things up just before the 7:00 mark and the game remained locked at 1-1 Read More »

Royals in 1st after 2W vs the Kelowna Rockets

  February 11, 2018 Victoria, BC – The Victoria Royals’ Tanner Kaspick scored a pair of goals, which included the overtime winner, to earn a 4-3 victory over the Kelowna Rockets on Saturday night at the Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre in Victoria. Kaspick, the former Brandon Wheat Kings captain who joined the Royals 11 games ago Read More »

Rockets make it 26 in a row vs Giants

    February 7, 2018 The Kelowna Rockets defeated the Vancouver Giants 4-1 on Wednesday night at Prospera Place, keeping the jinx alive, as they stretched their winning streak vs the G-men to 26 games. Rockets current points leader Kole Lind got things started when he danced around a Giants defender and snapped a shot Read More »

Tips join Warriors and Broncos in CHL Top 10

  February 7, 2018 Toronto – The Canadian Hockey League today announced the week 20 edition of the CHL Top-10 Rankings for the 2017-18 season. The weekly rankings of the CHL’s Top-10 teams are selected by a panel of National Hockey League scouts. Moose Jaw #2 The Moose Jaw Warriors remained the second-best team in the Read More »

WHL Standings, Scoring Leaders and Top Goalies

    February 4, 2018 Things are certainly looking interesting in the WHL standings these days, as the league enters the final 20 game stretch of the 72 game regular season. Western Conference The Kelowna Rockets and Victoria Royals are tied on top of the BC division, with 68 points, however the Rockets have two Read More »

WHL Weekend – Four hat tricks highlight Saturday games

  Medicine Hat Tigers (4) at Vancouver Giants (5) Medicine Hat (26-22-7-0) // Vancouver (28-16-5-3) The Vancouver Giants closed out an eight-game home stand with a 5-4 victory over the Medicine Hat Tigers Saturday, winning a back-and-forth battle with a late third period goal from Alex Kannok Leipert. Ty Ronning (New York Rangers) and Dawson Holt each had a Read More »

CHL Prospects game ready to go – 9 WHLers suit up

  January 24, 2018 Talented NHL Draft prospects from across the Canadian Hockey League touched down in Guelph, Ont. Tuesday night with their highly anticipated Sherwin-Williams CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game performance just 48 hours away. Excitement abounded during arrival interviews as players expressed a range of feelings after meeting their new teammates, some of whom Read More »

Four D-men lead list of 43 WHLers in NHL mid-term rankings

  January 22, 2018   Six defensemen are ranked in the top 10 of the 43 WHL players listed in the NHL Central Scouting midterm rankings in advance of the 2018 NHL Draft, to be held June 22-23 in Dallas, Texas. Heading the list is Ty Smith (Lloydminster, Alta. / Spokane Chiefs), who is ranked Read More »

WHL Trades – summary of recent moves

    January 15, 2018 Here’s a summary of WHL moves prior to the trade deadline last week. Date Team Transfers To Team Transfers 10-Jan-18 Lethbridge Brady Pouteau   Regina 7th Rnd. ’18 10-Jan-18 Brandon Tanner Kaspick   Victoria Jonathan Lambos Cameron MacDonald Ty Thorpe   1st Rnd. ’19   1st Rnd. ’21 10-Jan-18 Brandon Read More »