Things that make me go hmm....

Posted By: Regan Bartel · 9/29/2015 1:45:00 PM


Deviled eggs in Vancouver are spectacular 

  • A nice touch by the veteran players who presented new head coach Brad Ralph with the puck after Friday's 4-3 home ice win over the visiting Kamloops Blazers. Ralph won his first game as a head coach in the WHL and then promptly won his first WHL road game a night later in a 7-3 win in Kamloops.
  • Adam Foote was all smiles Saturday night when I met him after the game outside of Sandman Centre in Kamloops. The NHLer witnessed his son, Cal, score his first career WHL goal. Can you blame him? It is nice to see parents being able to witness and share the milestone with their son. Cal told me afterwards it was nice sharing the moment with his team-mates. That statement alone tells me about the character of the Colorado resident and the hope that in the future, he can ...

Here we go!!

Posted By: Regan Bartel · 9/21/2015 11:39:00 AM


Kole Lind - Shoot the Breeze Photography
  • In less than a week the Kelowna Rockets open the 2015-2016 Western Hockey League regular season. The franchise celebrates its 25th season and the Western Hockey League rings in its 50th anniversary as the Rockets raise a league banner up into the rafters at Prospera Place. Banner raising ceremonies never get old, and honestly doing it in front of the Kamloops Blazers makes it extra special. The Blazers, despite recent struggles, are still the model franchise with six; count them six WHL titles, the most of any team in the 22 league circuit. By comparison, the Rockets have four (2003-2005-2009-2015). The Blazers also have the bragging rights of being the last team to win back-to-back WHL titles in 1994 and again in 1995.
  • The Rockets closed out the pre-season schedule Saturday night with a 3-0 shutout win over the visiting Vancouver Giants. ...

Backup battle/Dube is dynamite and Foote finding his offensive flair

Posted By: Regan Bartel · 9/14/2015 7:23:00 AM

Jake Morrissey - Marissa Baecker photo
  • The Kelowna Rockets are now 2 and 1 in the pre-season. What this exercise has essentially allowed the coaching staff is the ability to see numerous prospects in a game situation. The defending WHL champs are icing a young, young team with close to eight regulars attending NHL training camps. They will look vastly different when Rourke Chartier, Tyson Baillie, Nick Merkley, Justin Kirkland, Jackson Whistle, Devante Stephens and Cole Linaker return. Whistle, Stephens and Linaker have all played one pre-season game. The others haven't. Veterans Riley Stadel and Tomas Soustal haven't seen the ice in pre-season either. Essentially the team's top four returning forwards won't wear a Rockets uniform until opening night on September 25th.
  • With a mostly rookie line up, several players have stood out. Cole Lind, in my opinion, has been one of the best forwards at camp. The Shaunavon, Saskatchewan ...