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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 »

WHL Standings – Tight, tight, tight

  January 7, 2017 As the second half of the WHL regular season gets underway, things couldn’t be much tighter at the top of the Western Conference standings. The Kelowna Rockets and Vancouver Giants are now tied at 51 points in first place, though the Rockets have three games in hand. A point back, the Read More »

WHL Round Up – Jan. 6 games

    January 7, 2018 by Robert Murray     Vancouver Giants (5) at Medicine Hat Tigers (3) Vancouver (23-14-3-2) // Medicine Hat (22-16-3-0) Dawson Holt scored twice while Brad Morrison and Brayden Watts each recorded a goal and an assist as the Vancouver Giants swept their three-game road trip through Alberta Saturday with a 5-3 victory Read More »

WHL Round Up

  January 1, 2018 by Robert Murray Prince George Cougars (3) at Vancouver Giants (4) — OT Prince George (14-18-4-2) // Vancouver (20-14-3-2) James Malm’s seventh game-winning goal of the season helped the Vancouver Giants become the third team in the B.C. Division to 20 victories Monday, exacting some revenge against the Prince George Cougars at the Langley Events Centre. Read More »

Rockets Dube to lead Canada Juniors

  Dillon Dube to captain Canada at world juniors December 24, 2017 CBC Sports Kelowna Rockets forward Dillon Dube will captain Team Canada at the upcoming world junior championship. Defencemen Dante Fabbro (Boston University), Victor Mete (Montreal Canadiens) and Kale Clague (Brandon Wheat Kings) will serve as alternates. Dube, Fabbro and Clague are returning members Read More »

WJC Camp by the numbers

  December 12, 2017 By Jason La Rose Taking one step closer to Buffalo, N.Y., and the 2018 IIHF World Junior Championship, Hockey Canada has unveiled the 32 players who will attend Canada’s National Junior Team Sport Chek Selection Camp. The players bring varied experiences to St. Catharines, from Team Canada veterans to those who Read More »

WHL Standings – Royals still lead West

  December 12, 2017 Here’s an overview of WHL standings as the league heads toward the halfway mark. In the BC Division, Kelowna are now just two wins back of Victoria Royals, who lead the Western Conference with 43 points. The Vancouver Giants have picked it up the pace and have won the past three Read More »

Cougars Jackson Leppard – NHL Scouting Player to Watch

    November 30, 2017 By WHL Network “Growing the Game’s Best Talent” is a multipart series, sponsored by BC Tree Fruits, that highlights the next generation of WHL stars set to embark on a journey of pursuing NHL dreams. “Growing the Game’s Best Talent” can be seen monthly at WHL.ca, featuring a key member of the Read More »

WHL Roundup: Saturday and Sunday Games

  December 3, 2017 Below is a quick recap of WHL action on the weekend. Only one BC division game was played Sunday, with four games Saturday. Victoria Royals are still on top of BC division, two points behind overall Western Conference leaders Portland Winterhawks. Kelowna is now just two points back of Victoria, with Read More »

WHL Roundup & Standings – Royals stop Americans

  WHL Roundup November 19, 2017 by Robert Murray Victoria Royals (7) at Tri-City Americans (3) Victoria (16-7-1-0) // Tri-City (13-6-2-0) Matthew Phillips (Calgary Flames) had a pair of goals and an assist and four other Victoria Royals had multi-point efforts as they ended the home undefeated run by the Tri-City Americans. Morgan Geekie (Carolina Hurricanes) and Nolan Yaremko Read More »

WHL Roundup & Standings

    November 15, 2017 WHL Roundup Red Deer Rebels (5) at Victoria Royals (3) Red Deer (9-11-1-0) // Victoria (14-7-1-0) Not many WHL teams have made the journey to Vancouver Island and picked up a regulation win this season, but the Red Deer Rebels can now add themselves to that list. A three-goal third period helped hold Read More »

Russia battle back from rout to take game 2, 4-3 vs Team WHL

  November 7, 2017 Swift Current, SK – New Jersey Devils prospect Mikhail Maltsev’s second of the night with 7:54 left in the third period completed the comeback as Russia battled back from a 3-0 deficit to defeat Team WHL 4-3 in Game 2 of the 2017 CIBC Canada Russia Series. Maltsev’s shorthanded game winner rounded Read More »

Kelowna Rockets’ Lind leads WHL in 7-0 W vs Russia

    November 6, 2017 Moose Jaw, SK – Kelowna Rockets forward Kole Lind led the way with two goals and an assist as six different players had multi-point outputs in a 7-0 Team WHL victory in Game 1 of the 2017 CIBC Canada Russia Series in Moose Jaw. Lind, a Vancouver Canucks prospect, joined another Read More »

Royals bounce back 4-2 vs Rockets, first place overall

  November 5, 2017     The Victoria Royals bounced back in the second game of a weekend double header vs the Kelowna Rockets, scoring the game’s opening four goals, that included the first and game winning marker from Ryan Peckford, en route to a 4-2 victory over the Kelowna Rockets on Saturday night. The Read More »