His initiation as captain of the Kelowna Rockets couldn’t have gone a whole lot better for Madison Bowey.
Now, with the first test behind him, the 18-year-old defenseman is ready to immerse himself in his new role as the Western Hockey League club’s official on- and off-ice leader.
“It’s nice to get the first two games under my belt, so now I can settle in and get to know my role, and be a leader for our team,” said Bowey, whose Rockets host Red Deer Wednesday. “It’s such an honour to be captain, a lot of great guys have come before so it’s a dream come true. I always hoped I could lead this team one day, and I’m grateful for the opportunity.”
The Rockets named Bowey to the captaincy on Friday, prior to the club’s two-game weekend stop in Prince George. The 6-foot-2, 200-pound Winnipeg native responded in kind with three assists on Friday night in a 7-6 shootout win for Kelowna.
On Saturday, Bowey netted the winning goal as the Rockets swept with Cougars with a 4-1 victory.
“I thought he was our best player,” said Rockets head coach Ryan Huska. “There was a sense of urgency in his game, and I think that had a lot to do with him wanting to show us that we made the right decision. We’re happy with what we saw.”
While most WHL teams had their captains confirmed weeks ago, the Rockets felt they needed a little extra time to make the right choice.
Despite his relatively young age, Huska said Bowey emerged as the best fit for the role.
“We took a long time because there were a lot of guys we were considering,” Huska said. “We wanted to make sure he could handle it, because when Colton Sissons took it on as a young player, it was tough on him. But we have a good support group here for Madison, and he’s passed the test early on. There will be nights when he struggles, but we’re here to help him through that.”
Myles Bell, Damon Severson and Tyson Baillie will serve as assistant captains to Bowey.
Meanwhile, Bowey and crew will open a four-game home stand Wednesday against the Red Deer Rebels. Prince George will visit on Friday, while the Edmonton Oil Kings stop at Prospera Place Saturday.
The two victories over P.G. has pushed the Rockets to 11-2-0-2, good for a three-point lead in the B.C. Division and the second-best winning percentage in the WHL (.800).
In other news, Bowey and Damon Severson have been named to the WHL roster for Subway Super Series. Team WHL will play Russia Wednesday, Nov. 27 in Red Deer and Thursday, Nov. 28 in Lethbridge.
Q and A…
Kelowna Rockets season ticket holders are invited to a question-and-answer period with Western Hockey League Commissioner Ron Robison and Bruce Hamilton, the Kelowna Rockets President/GM and WHL Chairman of the Board on Thursday, Nov. 7 at 7 p.m. at Manhattan Point Restaurant. For more information and to RSVP to attend the question and answer session, e-mail Gavin Hamilton at firstname.lastname@example.org