Team Canada’s Damon Severson, Great Britain’s Jackson Whistle, and Germany’s Leon Draisaitl are the Rockets alumni representing their countries at the 2019 IIHF Hockey World Championships. (Contributed)

Former Kelowna Rockets lace up for IIHF Championships

Three Rockets will represent thier countries starting Friday

Kelowna Rockets alumni will soon take the ice at the 2019 IIHF Hockey Championships.

Damon Severson, Leon Draisaitl and Jackson Whistle are representing their countries as the top teams in the world meet in the international tournament starting Friday in Slovakia.

Severson played from 2010 to 2014 with the Rockets, registering 167 points in 260 games.

Now a defenceman with the New Jersey Devils, Severson will join the blueliners for Team Canada.

He posted a career high in points this past season with 39 points in 82 games.

Team Canada opens the championships against Team Finland.

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Draisaitl became the first Rockets alumni to notch over 100 points this past NHL season.

He’ll join the Team Germany squad.

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Goalie Jackson Whistle will lace up for Great Britain. The Kelowna native has been playing professionally in Ireland and England since turning pro.

Whistle was a part of the Rockets’ 2015 playoff run and played four seasons with Kelowna, playing in 130 games.

Great Britain starts their tournament against Draisaitl’s Team Germany.

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