Kelowna Rockets head coach Ryan Huska has called Jeff Thorburn the “pulse of the team.”
Now, after seven seasons as the WHL club’s athletic therapist and strength/conditioning coach, the 38-year-old Thorburn is moving on.
Thorburn, who joined the Rockets for the 2006-07 season, is assuming the role as head athletic therapist at UBC Okanagan in Kelowna.
“This is a huge loss for our organization,” said Rockets president and GM Bruce Hamilton. “Jeff has worked hand-in-hand with our players and is very close to our doctors. It’s going to be very hard to replace him.”
During his time with the Rockets, Thorburn established himself as not only an important part of the Rockets staff but also as a well-respected member of the Canadian hockey community.
He worked at several different Hockey Canada events, including the World Junior Hockey Championship, the Subway Super Series and the CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game. He also trains several current and former Kelowna Rockets as well as other players at various levels of professional hockey
“I have truly enjoyed my time and experiences with the Kelowna Rockets hockey club,” said Thorburn, a native of Dalhousie, New Brunswick. “It has been a tremendous group of people to work with and they have always treated me as part of the Rockets family. It certainly was a difficult decision for me to move on yet I am excited for the upcoming opportunity. I would like to sincerely thank Bruce Hamilton and all the members of the Rockets organization.”
The Kelowna Rockets are now accepting resumes for the position of Certified Canadian Athletic Therapist/Strength and Conditioning Coach.
Resumes should be emailed directly to team GM Bruce Hamilton at firstname.lastname@example.org
Bowey on U18 team
Rockets defenceman Madison Bowey has joined Canada’s team at the IIHF U18 world championship in Russia. Bowey, who turns 18 next week, helped Canada win gold last summer at the Ivan Hlinka Memorial hockey tournament in Slovakia and the Czech Republic. Bowey had 12 goals and 30 points in 69 games with Kelowna this season.
Severson to Albany
The NHL’s New Jersey Devils have assigned Kelowna Rockets’ defenceman Damon Severson to their American Hockey League affiliate in Albany, N.Y.
Severson, who had 10 goals and 52 points in 71 games, was the Devils’ second-round draft choice in 2012.