Jordon Cooke owns the Kelowna Rockets' franchise record for consecutive wins (20) by a goaltender.

Rockets’ Cooke humbled by record

19-year-old stopper's mark for consecutive WHL wins by a Kelowna goaltender ends at 20

His name stands alone beside the franchise record for consecutive wins by a Kelowna Rockets’ goaltender, but Jordon Cooke has 23 other players he feels compelled to share it with.

The 19-year-old Leduc, Alta. native saw his WHL winning streak end at 20 games Monday night in Kamloops with a 6-5 overtime loss to the Blazers.

Cooke’s run of prosperity between the pipes this season is twice as long as Kelly Guard’s best, as the former Rockets’ star stopper won 10 straight games four times between 2002 and 2004.

Both thrilled and humbled by the record, Cooke is quick to redirect the accolades onto his teammates.

“Obviously it’s a huge honour to be part of Rockets history and it’s pretty special to have a record where so many great players have played…but I couldn’t have done it without my teammates,” said Cooke, the WHL’s goaltender of the month for December. “Every single night the guys played hard for me and have made a lot of nights easier for me. I’ve been able to just do my thing in goal this year, and the guys have taken care of the rest. You don’t have streaks like that unless the whole team is contributing, and that’s how it’s been this year.”

Cooke admits he’s had one of the best seats in the house while watching his team rip up the Western Hockey League this season.

On Thursday night, the Rockets will look to extend their team-record home-ice winning streak to 22 games when they host the Victoria Royals.

A win would move the Rockets into a third-place tie all-time with the Medicine Hat Tigers for consecutive home-ice victories. Only the 1993-94 Kamloops Blazers (29) and 1992-93 Tacoma Rockets (24) have had more productive stretches in their own buildings.

In its last 16 games overall, Kelowna is 14-0-2, and has lost just four times since Nov. 23 in taking over the B.C. Division lead.

In all his years of hockey, Cooke has never been more impressed with the group of players in front of him and is, not surprisingly, thoroughly enjoying the ride.

“We know exactly what we have to do and how we have to play to be successful,” said Cooke, who is 27-8-3 this season. “We’re confident, but not cocky. Everyday we come to the rink, it’s a good day. The guys like being there and they’re having fun. That’s the way it is when you’re winning. Hopefully we can keep this going and take it right through the playoffs.”

The Rockets (37-10-3-1) and Royals (27-17-1-3) face off Thursday at 7:05 p.m. at Prospera Place.


The Rockets will then play a home-and-home set with the Giants this weekend—Friday in Vancouver and Saturday back in Kelowna.



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