Like many of his teammates from a decade ago, it remains the defining moment of Kelly Guard’s hockey career.
Hoisting the Memorial Cup as a member of the Kelowna Rockets in 2004 brings back nothing but fond memories for the former goaltender.
“Anytime you see the video or clip, or read something about the (Memorial Cup) it just puts you in a really good mood,” said Guard, 31, who is currently an assistant coach with the Prince Albert Raiders. “I still get chills when I talk about it with players or coaches who were there back then. It was a special time.”
Guard will be in Kelowna this Friday night to help celebrate the 2004 Rockets’ induction into the Central Okanagan Sports Hall of Fame Museum.
Guard and former Rockets teammates Simon Ferguson and Chris Ray will be at Prospera Place for a special ceremony prior to Kelowna’s game against the Portland Winterhawks.
“It’s awesome,” Guard said of the team’s induction. “(Hall of Fame) is something you don’t think about over the years, but when you hear the team is going in, you get excited about it. I’m glad it worked out and that I can be at the game to celebrate it.”
The 2014 Central Okanagan Sports Hall of Fame induction ceremony will be held Thursday morning at the Coast Capri Hotel in Kelowna.