The B.C. Major Midget League’s Okanagan Rockets will make some final tune ups for the new season this weekend as they play host to an Icebreaker tournament at the Capital News Centre.
Fourteen teams from the BCMML and Canadian Sport School Hockey League will be competing.
“It’s a great level of competitive hockey and it helps all the teams get ready for the new season,” said Rockets new GM Braeden Pistawka.
The tournament will also serve as the final evaluation for the teams, including the Rockets who currently have 29 on the roster. All BCMML teams must declare their final 20-player roster gym Monday.
Action begins today at 8:15 a.m. with the host Rockets taking on Pursuit of Excellence.
The Northwest Giants, the defending B.C. champion Northeast Chiefs, Valley West Hawks, two teams from the Okanagan Hockey Academy and Compete Academy are among the teams taking part.
Action runs until Sunday afternoon.
The Rockets will host their BCMML home opener Friday, Sept. 19 against the Chiefs.
Persley joins staff…
Brendan Persley is the latest Vernon Viper to join the Okanagan Rockets’ coaching staff. He will join the Rockets as an assistant coach to new head coach and former Vipers’ coach Jason Williamson.
Persley a former Prince Albert Raider draft pick spent two seasons in the WHL with the Chilliwack Bruins before ending his career in the BCHL with the Vipers under Williamson. Like Williamson, Persley brings to the Rockets’ staff a wealth of experience from junior hockey at both the Major Junior Junior A levels.
Although new to coaching world, head coach Jason Williamson is confident this will be a good fit for Persley.
“I have known Brendan for a lot of years from coaching him in Vernon,” Williamson said. “He was a heart and soul type of player and I am sure he will instill that in our players. I look forward to working with him and building a national championship calibre team.”