Tyson Barrie is a Kelowna Rockets (WHL) alumni member and a current member of the Toronto Maple Leafs (NHL). (Contributed)

NHL Stanley Cup Qualifiers to feature 14 Kelowna Rockets alumni

The NHL 2020 Stanley Cup Qualifiers And Playoffs begin on Saturday, Aug. 1, 2020

With the puck set to drop for the NHL qualifying rounds on Saturday, Aug. 1, the NHL has announced the Phase 4 player rosters for the 24 clubs, featuring 14 Kelowna Rockets alumni.

Under the new rules of the NHL’s Return to Play Plan, each team is allowed to carry a maximum of 31 players into the bubble into the hub cities of Edmonton (Western Conference) and Toronto (Eastern Conference) for Phase 4 of the competition.

Seventeen former Rockets participated in NHL camps over the last two weeks. Kole Lind (Vancouver), Cal Foote (Tampa Bay) and Carsen Twarynski (Philadelphia) took part in camps but were not included on final rosters.

The top four teams in each conference, based on points percentage, will play a three-game round-robin, and the No. 5-12 seeds will play in eight best-of-5 series. The winners of those series will advance to the first round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs against the four teams from the round-robin.

There will be three days of exhibition games starting on July 28, while the qualifiers begin Saturday, Aug. 1.

READ MORE: NHL announces no positive COVID-19 tests over final week of Phase 3

Rockets alumni on Pase 4 rosters include:

Michael Backlund & Dillon Dube – Calgary Flames

Duncan Keith – Chicago Blackhawks

Jamie Benn, Blake Comeau – Dallas Stars

Leon Draisaitl – Edmonton Oilers

Shea Weber – Montreal Canadiens

Colton Scissons – Nashville Predators

Luke Schenn – Tampa Bay Lightning

Tyson Barrie – Toronto Maple Leafs

Alexander Edler and Tyler Myers – Vancouver Canucks

Gage Quinney – Vegas Golden Knights

Josh Morrissey – Winnipeg Jets

To view the full NHL Stanley Cup Qualifiers schedule, click here.

READ MORE: NHL players take assortment of creature comforts with them to hub cities

Daniel Taylor
Reporter, Kelowna Capital News
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