Notes, quotes and anecdotes

Posted By: Regan Bartel · 1/26/2015 3:24:00 PM
  • Sheldon Kennedy was a great junior hockey player. I had the privilege of watching him every step of the way as #12 skated with abandon on the ice as a member of the Swift Current Broncos. But more importantly, Sheldon Kennedy is an inspiration. I know his story. So do you. It is well documented. But I honestly have an even greater appreciation for the man after he spoke to the Kelowna Rockets players at a Canmore hotel last night. I had the privilege of interviewing him afterwards and will share that with you on Tuesday night's broadcast. “If we look at the situation the Kelowna Rockets find themselves in, there is an expectation, a big expectation for them to win", Kennedy told me. "How are you going to respond to that? For me, it was a candid conversation and a chance to share some of my experience, strength ...

Not much not to like in home ice blowout

Posted By: Regan Bartel · 1/15/2015 7:21:00 AM


Whistle wins in 100th appearance - Shoot the Breeze Photography 
  • Rodney Southam had to be grinning from ear to ear after scoring the game winning goal last night against his old team. The only problem was no one was able to see it considering the 18 year-old was wearing a full face shield after a scrap earlier this month against the Vancouver Giants. The former Americans forward scored at the 14:39 mark of the first period in the Kelowna Rockets 7-1 win over the Tri City Americans. Southam spent parts of three seasons with the Americans before being dealt to the Rockets on November 4th for a fifth round bantam pick. It was Southam's second game winning goal of the season and 7th of his career.
  • Southam was one of 13 players on the roster to pick up a point in the game. Rourke Chartier and Dillon Dube each ...

Practice makes perfect

Posted By: Regan Bartel · 1/13/2015 7:45:00 AM
Chance Braid - Shoot the Breeze Photo
  • A few WHL fans outside the Okanagan will be chuckling over the Kelowna Rockets 5-3 loss Saturday night to the visiting Medicine Hat Tigers. It marked the debut of Josh Morrissey and Chance Braid and featured the first time the Rockets had essentially all the players on their roster on the ice following the conclusion of the trade deadline. While it may look good on paper, chemistry has yet to be found and line juggling is common place with three news faces (Draisatli, Braid, Morrissey). Head Coach Dan Lambert and his coaching staff are attempting to find out what works and what doesn't and that traditionally takes more than one or two games to iron out.  
  • Do you need proof that it takes time to form chemistry when new faces are added to the line up? Look back to 2009 when the Rockets ...