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Kelowna Rockets
Kelowna Rockets
Conference Western
Division B.C.
Founded 1995
History Kelowna Rockets
1995–present
Tacoma Rockets
1991–1995
Arena Prospera Place
City Kelowna, BC
Colours Teal, Red, Gold, Black, White
                        
Media CKFR (1150 AM)
Owner(s) Flag of Canada Bruce Hamilton
General Manager Flag of Canada Bruce Hamilton
Head Coach Flag of Canada Ryan Huska
Captain Luke Schenn
Memorial Cups 2003–04
Conference Championships 2002–03, 2004–05
Division Championships 2000–01, 2002–03, 2003–04

The Kelowna Rockets are a major junior ice hockey team playing in the Western Hockey League, out of the Canadian Hockey League. They currently play in Kelowna, after previously playing in Tacoma, Washington. The "Tacoma Rockets" entered into the WHL in 1991 and moved to Kelowna in 1995. They play out of Prospera Place. Between 1995 and 1999, the team played in Kelowna's Memorial Arena. While in Tacoma, they played in the Tacoma Dome.

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Franchise history

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Tacoma Rockets

Main article: Tacoma Rockets

The 1991–92 season marks the first season of the Rockets in Tacoma, Washington U.S.A. Playing in one of North America's largest hockey arenas, the Tacoma Dome, the expansion Rockets blasted their way to one of the most memorable inaugural seasons in the 25 year history of the Western Hockey League. Attendance of 14, 975 and 15, 240 at two heated contests against their arch rival, the Seattle Thunderbirds, assisted the Rockets in chalking up the highest per game average for a first year expansion team under the Canadian Hockey League umbrella.

In 1992–93, the Rockets startled everyone in the league by winning 24 straight home games for an all-time Western Hockey League record. Tacoma held first place in the Western Division for three months and finished with a promising 45-27-0. In addition to the winning streak, the Rockets home record of 36-6-0 and collecting 37 more points than the previous year, proved them serious contenders in the WHL. Once again the Rockets attendance of 13,769 saw them defeat the Seattle Thunderbirds 4-2 in win number 24 and marked the third largest crowd in the history of the WHL. Three Rockets won best in the WHL West. Goalie, Jeff Calvert - Most Valuable Player; Michal Sykora - Most Valuable Player; and Jamie Black selected as Most Sportsmanlike Player.

The 1993–94 season marks the year of transition for the Rockets, with the graduation of high scoring veteran Allan Egeland, solid forward, Trever Fraser and Goalie, Jeff Calvert. The Rockets's third season also brought forward some of the league's best rookies and a phenomenal base of nine NHL drafted players. Six alone were selected in 1994, bringing the total to thirteen Rockets drafted in three seasons! Rockets finished third in the West with a 33-34-5 record.

With a strong finish in the 1993–94 season, the Rockets strive to compete at a higher level of excellence. They launched their third season boasting size in defense and the strength of nine NHL draft picks. Adding the skill and talent of one of Europe's top young forwards, Vaclav Varada who slotted 50 points and tied the team's rookie scoring record. Todd MacDonald, 1993 Florida draft choice, became the team's top goalie, nominated for the best in the West award. Veteran Dallas Thompson became team Captain. This combination brought the Rockets to a second place finish in the West.

1995: New ownership

The 1995–96 season brings significant change to the entire Rockets organization: not only the loss of defenceman Alexander Alexeev and Captain Dallas Thompson due to age, but the decision to bring the Rockets to Kelowna, British Columbia. After long deliberation and consideration for the City of Tacoma and the many dedicated fans who supported the Rockets, the 22,000 seat Tacoma Dome was no longer a long term viable home for the Rockets. Key dates became more difficult to secure, leaving the Rockets in search of home ice for play-offs at the end of each regular season. No future of change for the poor site lines in the arena brought the Rockets organization to the conclusion the team needed to be moved. There were several viable choices prospected. Kelowna's rich history in hockey and the prospect of a new arena made Kelowna the natural choice. Since the move to Kelowna, the Rockets are right at home in their beautiful new city. They have been accepted by the community with open arms and strong local support. With that brings the talent of first round NHL draft pick, Kyle McLaren and fifth round pick Dale Purinton and the hometown talents of Jason Deleurme, Ronny Grimmard and Trevor Lornson.

2004: Memorial Cup Champions

Main article: 2004 Memorial Cup

Kelowna went to three straight Memorial Cup tournaments in the years 2003, 2004 and 2005. They won the Memorial Cup for the first time in franchise history in 2004, coincidentally the same year they were selected to host the event.

Team uniforms and colours

The team's colours are jaguar teal, athletic red, copper gold, orange sun, black, and white. In 1998, their team jerseys changed from their traditional "Rockets" logo, to more localized jerseys bearing Kelowna's legendary lake monster, Ogopogo.


Season-by-season record

Note: GP = Games played, W = Wins, L = Losses, T = Ties OTL = Overtime losses Pts = Points, GF = Goals for, GA = Goals against

Season GP W L T OTL GF GA Points Finish Playoffs
1995–96 72 35 33 4 - 338 309 74 4th West Lost Western Conference quarter-final
1996–97 72 35 35 2 - 298 314 72 4th West Lost Western Conference quarter-final
1997–98 72 33 35 4 - 234 253 70 5th West Lost Western Conference quarter-final
1998–99 72 25 42 5 - 224 282 55 6th West Lost Western Conference quarter-final
1999–00 72 25 43 4 3 193 228 57 5th West Lost Western Conference quarter-final
2000–01 72 37 23 7 5 259 240 86 1st West Lost Western Conference quarter-final
2001–02 72 31 26 10 5 257 232 77 4th B.C. Lost Western Conference final
2002–03 72 51 14 6 1 311 164 109 1st B.C. Won Championship
2003–04 72 47 21 4 0 185 115 98 1st B.C. Lost Western Conference final; Won Memorial Cup
2004–05 72 45 13 12 2 215 139 104 2nd B.C. Won Championship
Season GP W L OTL SOL GF GA Points Finish Playoffs
2005–06 72 46 22 1 3 243 188 96 2nd B.C. Lost Western Conference semi-final
2006–07 72 22 41 5 2 156 245 53 5th B.C. Out of playoffs
2007–08 72 38 26 2 6 248 215 84 2nd B.C. Lost Western Conference quarter-final
2008–09 Season in progress see 2008–09 WHL season

Team records

Team Records for a single season
Statistic Total Season
Most Points 109 2002–03
Most Wins 51 2002–03
Most Goals For 338 1995–96
Least Goals For 156 2006–07
Least Goals Against 125 2003–04
Most Goals Against 314 1996–97
Individual player records for a single season
Statistic Player Total Season
Most Goals Jesse Schultz 53 2002–03
Most Assists Marty Flichel 79 1996–97
Most Points Robb Gordon 114 1995–96
Most Points, rookie Tomas Oravec 65 2000–01
Most Points, defenceman Burt Henderson 74 1995–96
Best GAA (Goalie) Kelly Guard 1.56 2003–04
Goalies = minimum 1500 minutes played


Current roster

Updated September 13, 2008.[1]

Kelowna Rockets roster
# Nat Player Pos S/G Age Acquired Birthplace
12 Flag of Canada Almond, CodyCody Almond

C L 20 2005 Calgary, Alberta
4 Flag of Canada Barrie, TysonTyson Barrie

D R 18 2006 Victoria, British Columbia
14 Flag of Canada Benn, JamieJamie Benn

LW L 20 2007 Victoria, British Columbia
10 Flag of Canada Bloodoff, EvanEvan Bloodoff

LW L 19 2006 Castlegar, British Columbia
17 Flag of Canada Bloodoff, LucasLucas Bloodoff

LW L 20 2006 Castlegar, British Columbia
7 Flag of Canada Borejko, AaronAaron Borejko

D L 18 2008 Edmonton, Alberta
2 Flag of the United States Bowman, CollinCollin Bowman

D R 18 2006 Littleton, Colorado
1 Flag of the United States Brown, AdamAdam Brown

G R 18 2008 Yorba Linda, California
24 Flag of the United States Callahan, MitchellMitchell Callahan

RW R 18 2008 Whittier, California
26 Flag of the United States Dowzak, TysenTysen Dowzak

D L 21 2005 Fergus Falls, Minnesota
8 Flag of Canada Gogol, CurtCurt Gogol

D L 18 2008 Calgary, Alberta
19 Flag of Canada Hood, DylanDylan Hood

C R 19 2006 Osoyoos, British Columbia
31 Flag of Canada Jung, TorrieTorrie Jung

G R 21 2006 Nanaimo, British Columbia
11 Flag of the United States Long, ColinColin Long

C R 20 2005 Santa Ana, California
16 Flag of Canada Main, SpencerSpencer Main

C R 17 2008 North Vancouver, British Columbia
21 Flag of the Czech Republic Matejka, LukasLukas Matejka

LW L 18 2008 Písek, Czech Republic
6 Flag of Canada McIntosh, RileyRiley McIntosh

D L 19 2006 Coquitlam, British Columbia
15 Flag of Canada McMillan, BrandonBrandon McMillan

LW L 19 2006 Delta, British Columbia
3 Flag of Canada Myers, TylerTyler Myers

D R 20 2005 De Winton, Alberta
18 Flag of the Czech Republic Novotny, StepanStepan Novotny

RW R 19 2008 Prague, Czech Republic
20 Flag of Canada Paradis, JesseJesse Paradis

LW L 19 2006 Winnipeg, Manitoba
5 Flag of Canada Schenn, LukeLuke Schenn

D R 20 2005 Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
23 Flag of Canada St. Denis, KyleKyle St. Denis

RW R 19 2006 Trail, British Columbia
29 Flag of Canada Tait, DylanDylan Tait

G L 18 2008 Lethbridge, Alberta
28 Flag of the United States Verdino, KyleKyle Verdino

LW L 18 2007 Phoenix, Arizona

NHL alumni

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Forwards Defensemen Goalies
Pat Conacher Karel Bětík Kelly Guard
Blake Comeau Mike Card
Todd Fedoruk Kyle Cumiskey
Vern Fiddler Alexander Edler
Carsen Germyn Josh Gorges
Robb Gordon Scott Hannan
Chuck Kobasew Duncan Keith
Quintin Laing Joel Kwiatkowski
Brett McLean Dale Purinton
Travis Moen Richie Regehr
Scott Parker Ray Schultz
Jesse Schultz Luke Schenn
Nick Tarnasky Sheldon Souray
Vaclav Varada Shea Weber
Nolan Yonkman

Franchise scoring leaders

These are the top-ten point-scorers in franchise history. Figures are updated after each completed WHL regular season.

Note: Pos = Position; GP = Games Played; G = Goals; A = Assists; Pts = Points; P/G = Points per game

Updated at completion of 2007–2008 season

Player Pos GP G A Pts P/G
Brett McLean C 308 166 209 375 1.22
Doug Adam LW 379 212 157 369 .97
John Varga LW 254 154 179 333 1.31
George Johnston RW 308 146 175 321 1.04
Jason Deleurme RW 341 141 172 313 .92
Allan Egeland C 213 138 172 310 1.46
Marty Flichel RW 269 101 200 301 1.12
Kiel McLeod C 290 123 138 261 .90
Ryan Wade C/RW 303 124 131 255 .84
Tyler Mosienko C 338 81 151 232 .69

Individual records

Career

Season

  • Most Goals in a season: John Varga, 60 (1993-94)
  • Most Assists in a season: Marty Flichel, 79 (1995-96)
  • Most Points in a season:
  • Most Penalty Minutes in a season:
  • Most Points in a season, defenceman:
  • Most Points in a season, rookie:
  • Most Wins in a season:
  • Most Goals in a season, defenceman:

Post-season

  • Most Goals in a post-season:
  • Most Assists in a post-season:
  • Most Points in a post-season:

References

  1. Team roster on WHL.ca

See also

External links

  • Official website of the Kelowna Rockets

This article uses material from the "Kelowna Rockets" article on the Ice Hockey wiki at Wikia and is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike License.

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