Notes, quotes and anecdotes

Posted By: Regan Bartel · 12/16/2014 8:39:00 AM
  • What a start for Dillon Dube. The Kelowna Rockets first round bantam pick from 2013 is the real deal.  The 16 year-old has 5 goals in his first 9 regular season games. Dube says he is finding his groove after essentially missing the first 25 games with injury. "Dan Lambert has given me lots of tips to score goals. The biggest thing I have to do is get to the net and that is something he (Lambert) has pointed out in my game. I like to pass the puck and find open ice. I thinking finding the spot to score goals is something I'm improving at doing as I get more comfortable."     
  • It was an emotional time for the players after Wednesday's win in Lethbridge. The team learned that Jesse Lees and Austin Glover were traded to the Prince Albert Raiders. Veteran defenceman Cole Martin admitted it was a ...

Umm..ugly!

Posted By: Regan Bartel · 12/15/2014 12:44:00 PM
  • They couldn't have played any worse! The Kelowna Rockets looked like a team playing their third game in three night's with a lackluster 4-1 loss Sunday afternoon to the Calgary Hitmen. Unfortunately the excuse of fatigue couldn't be used as a factor in the teams' 5th loss of the season. Right from the opening face-off until the 15 minute mark of the third period, the Hitmen were first on pucks and looked more interested in winning. The Rockets - as a group - were a step behind. The Hitmen weren't faster. The Hitmen didn't have a lopsided advantage with more key players in their line. The home team just had more energy and 'want' in their game. Only Dillon Dube's 5th goal of the season. on the power play, late in the third period was the reason why the Rockets weren't shutout for the first time this season.
  • A sure ...

Rockets acquire stud defenceman

Posted By: Regan Bartel · 12/11/2014 12:08:00 AM
If you are playing for a contending team, shouldn’t you expect trades by management in an effort to bolster your chances of winning? The answer is obviously yes, but that doesn’t make it any easier when a close knit team like the Kelowna Rockets is forced to say goodbye to two of its popular players. Jesse Lees and Austin Glover care greatly for their teammates and is reciprocated by the 23 they leave behind. When those two players were told after Wednesday night’s game that they had been traded, shock set in, not only for Lees and Glover but for their teammates too. It is truly the ugly side of junior hockey because we are dealing with such young men. These are not professionals. For many it’s the first time they have been traded, while for their teammates, it is the first time they have experienced the harsh reality of ...
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