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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 »

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 »