"When I got [to Kelowna] when I was 16, I was more of an offensive-minded defenseman and that was the main thing I worried about," Bowey said. Since signing, Hunt has spent his professional career between the Panthers and their AHL affiliate, the Springfield Thunderbirds. With the 2020 WHL Bantam Draft concluding Wednesday afternoon, we look back to a handful of big names who were looked over in the selection process over the years, but still went on to have WHL seasons impressive enough to earn NHL contracts. Shea Weber has grown into an NHL star, but at 15 he was an unknown. He was big, he was mature, he was smart. In 2009, their jerseys were slightly modified to fit the Reebok Edge system. "It was a great experience for me to get to play with those guys, to learn from them. I think that's what really helped me.". "I know we were just fortunate we had a lot of good young defensemen," Weber said. He had a little more bite than other guys thought he would. Gorges was named captain and led at both ends of the ice; Weber, who was a bottom-pair defenseman who led the Rockets in penalty minutes the previous season, evolved into an offensive force with 12 goals and 32 points in 60 games. Round 1, Pick 8. Bowey played three games for the Rockets late in the 2010-11 season and arrived for good at the start of 2011-12. Among them was Hannan, a big, solid defenseman the Rockets selected with the No. "When [Hannan] was 14 he was a horse," Frey said. The New Jersey Devils selected Severson in the second round (No. They're great people.". They can skate and compete. Thank you for your interest in our network of websites, newsletters, and other services. In his 20-year-old season, Hunt joined the Moose Jaw Warriors and exploded for a league-leading 116 points (58G-58A) in 72 games. Keith has played in the NHL for a decade now with Chicago, winning the Stanley Cup twice and two Olympic gold medals. "When he came to us as a 16-year-old, at that time he was probably playing 20, 25 minutes a night. Kelowna Rockets Store Now Open - Click Here To Shop, Western Hockey League announces opening date for 2020-21 regular season, Dillon Hamaliuk: Feb 29 – Mar.
Teams are permitted to name 50 players to a protected list, but nearly half of those players are in uniform, leaving GMs 25 spots to map the future with.
… He came here and he was a smaller guy at that time. "I was fortunate when I first came in [to Kelowna] I had some great older guys," Weber said. Kelowna Rockets Injury Report. Round 1, Pick 8 . The help pushed Bowey along quickly in his development. To this day, one of the more dynamic defenseman we've ever had, offensively for sure.". Now 6-foot-1, 192 pounds, he has won the Norris Trophy twice. Draft Picks . Player Name GP G A. Pts PIM Seasons Yrs. As Barrie was developing his game on the ice, he followed the Kelowna tradition of helping the next generation. CALGARY — The Regina Pats have won the Western Hockey League’s draft lottery. The Kelowna Rockets have loaned forward Jake Poole to the Virden Oil Capitals of the Manitoba Junior Hockey League until December 20, 2020. After the game, the CHL announced that more than 1.2 million viewers tuned into Rogers Sportsnet and RDS coverage of the championship tournament, including 410,000 for the final game. “Those spots are very, very valuable,” Hamilton said. ', "I said back then to one of the other team's scouts when we saw him, this kid will play in the National Hockey League someday.". After 15 games with the Spartans in 2002-03, Keith left school and joined the Rockets.  In addition to the winning streak, the Rockets' home record of 30–6–0 and collecting 37 more points than the previous year, proved them serious contenders in the WHL. If you're interested in submitting a Letter to the Editor, click here. As a 17-year-old in 1996-97, Hannan had 17 goals and 43 points, and the Sharks selected him with the 23rd pick of the 1997 NHL Draft.
The U.S. Prospects Draft was created to make inroads into states that don’t traditionally view the WHL as an option, Kelowna president and GM, Bruce Hamilton, said. They began their third season boasting impressive size in defence and the strength of nine NHL prospects. Schenn did his part in the Kelowna tradition and had Myers live with him.
"I remember when I was younger watching the Memorial Cup with Shea Weber and watching how good he was," Bowey said. 53) of the 2013 NHL Draft. I think after that tournament it helped me a lot. Edler graduated to the Canucks in 2006-07 and Kelowna missed the playoffs, but Schenn and Myers made big steps in their development. "But more than anything, it was just a good organization to be part of.". They're still like family to you.". Along the way, the Rockets, led by owner/general manager Bruce Hamilton and assistant GM Lorne Frey, have produced an alumni list full of well-known NHL players. Weber lasted a bit longer the following season. I went to list him and a lot of scouts thought I was nuts. We also invite you to ask us about our policies or feel free to let us know how we can better serve your privacy concerns. Luke Schenn was a 15-year-old with the Saskatoon Contacts minor-midget program when he was invited to spend time in Kelowna. Hunt has produced 150 points (72G-78A) in 214 AHL regular season games and 15 points (3G-12A) in 63 NHL regular season games. The Canadian Hockey League (CHL) cares about your privacy. They play their home games at Prospera Place.. But Gorges was not selected in the WHL draft. Congrats bud! Saskatoon Blades hire Tyler Dietrich as assistant coach, WHL Alumni Kirby Dach added to Canada's National Junior Team Selection Camp, 15 WHL players named to Canada's National Junior Team Sport Chek Selection Camp, WHL Podcast – Episode 14: Cameron Hope & Mathew Ward. Bean’s second year with the Club saw him record nearly a point-per-game with 64 (24G-40A) in 68 games and ended with the Carolina Hurricanes selecting him 13th overall at the NHL Draft. I got to go through the learning aspect and if I can be a mentor, leader, teacher in that way, I love doing that stuff. The Devils, to their credit, knew they had something. / Winnipeg Jets. Established in 1991, the team began as the Tacoma Rockets, previously playing in Tacoma, Washington, and playing their home games at the Tacoma Dome. Veteran Dallas Thompson was named team captain, and the total make-up of the team's roster ultimately propelled the Rockets to a second-place finish in the West. , Note: GP = Games played, W = Wins, L = Losses, T = Ties, OTL = Overtime losses, Pts = Points, GF = Goals for, GA = Goals against, PIM = Penalties in minutes, List of ice hockey teams in British Columbia, "WHL Champion Kelowna Rockets set sights on Memorial Cup", http://www.whl.ca/article/chl-whl-and-reebok-hockey-launch-new-edge-uniform-system, Official website of the Western Hockey League, Official website of the Canadian Hockey League, https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Kelowna_Rockets&oldid=983336199, Articles with unsourced statements from December 2009, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License, This page was last edited on 13 October 2020, at 17:16. Despite going unselected in the WHL Bantam Draft, Shea Weber was added to the Kelowna Rockets protected players list in his second year of bantam. When I got there he was a guy that really helped me be calm and really kind of took me under his wing and that really helped me.". … The Hamiltons bring you in and the coaches help develop you and lead you along your career into pro.". At the 1995 Memorial Cup, he was awarded the George Parsons Trophy as the tournament’s most sportsmanlike player. And I think when you see that, and to be able to have good coaching staffs and a good facility to train the right way, you've seen that [NHL development] with the defensemen especially. Keith instead spent two seasons with Penticton in the British Columbia Hockey League before joining Michigan State University for the 2001-02 season. Duncan Keith, 15, didn't impress much with his size, but Frey saw other attributes when he watched him at a summer all-star camp. At the Memorial Cup in London, Ontario, Weber had three assists in three games, but the Rockets lost all three by a total of four goals. Left Wing – Vancouver, BC. I said, 'He looks OK, he looks pretty good, looks pretty solid.' … He was very mature at 16 years of age. Following the 1998–99 season, they moved into their then-new home arena, Prospera Place. Rockets loan Dallon Wilton to Neepawa . They said I was crazy, 'He'll never play in our league; he's no bigger than a peanut.
As a member of the Kamloops Blazers, Iginla was part of the historic Club that captured both the WHL Championship and Memorial Cup Championship, winning the first of two consecutive crowns in the 1993-94 season. For his first couple years here he had to understand that didn't work.
They forego that chance if they play in the WHL, viewed as a pro league by the NCAA, because NHL draft picks play here after signing entry-level contracts. Rockets eventually finished third in the West with a 33–34–5 record.
"Hannan was our first bona fide star that came along," Hamilton said. His game has evolved pretty well. "I was thinking it would be awesome to play for the Kelowna Rockets. Since leaving the WHL, Bean has spent his professional career with the Hurricanes minor league affiliate, the AHL’s Charlotte Checkers. St. George’s Bantam Prep: Round 2, Pick 30. Keith then had 14 points in 19 playoff games to help Kelowna win its first WHL title.
Olson is a six-foot, 161-pound forward who turns 15 on May 24. Marcus Pacheco. In the Kelowna tradition, Bowey is guiding them on their path to success. With Bowey on the board when the round ended, Hamilton saw an opportunity. "We decided we were going to take a risk and we made a deal with Prince George and moved a number of picks to get that pick (the first pick of the second round).
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