Okanagan Rockets’ defenceman Kristian Blumenschein will suit up for the BCHL’s West Kelowna Warriors next season.
Blumenschein, a graduate of the Kelowna Minor Hockey system, registered 18 points on three goals and 15 assists in 37 games with the Rockets this past season.
In the playoffs, Blumenschein led all Rockets defencemen with seven points in seven games, as Okanagan captured the BCMML title.
“We are thrilled that we can add Kristian to the growing list of our players that have secured a job for the 2014-2015 season,” said Rockets general manager David Michaud. “Coach (Rylan) Ferster and the entire Warriors organization think the world of Kristian’s game, and his commitment is well deserved. We wish him the best of luck as he begins his junior hockey career.”
Warriors head coach and general manger Rylan Ferster is excited to have Blumenschein on board.
“Kristian is a smart offensive type defenceman that sees the game very well, we excited to have him be apart of our organization,” Ferster said.
Hora to Vipers…
Rockets forward Linden Hora, 17, has received a commitment from the Vernon Vipers for the 2014-2015 BCHL season.
“We are very proud of Linden achieving his goal of playing Junior A hockey next season with a great program like the Vernon Vipers.” said Michaud. “Linden had several team pursuing him in both the BCHL and the AJHL, so for him to settle on Vernon is a big deal, we couldn’t be happier for him.”
Hora scored 18 goals in the regular season for the Rockets and then posted several clutch goals for them in the post season. Hora notched the game winning goal in overtime at the Telus Cup, to help the Rockets claim bronze at the national event.