Rockets deal Ferguson to Red Deer

17-year-old forward played 58 WHL games with Kelowna

Forward Austin Ferguson was traded this week by the Kelowna Rockets

The numbers game caught up with Austin Ferguson.

With a surplus of 15 forwards on their roster, the Kelowna Rockets this week dealt the 17-year-old Ferguson to the Red Deer Rebels.

In return the Rockets receive a sixth-round conditional bantam draft choice.

Kelowna GM Bruce Hamilton says it was a tough decision parting ways with the Abbotsford native, but the Western Hockey League club simply didn’t have enough ice time to offer the 6-foot-1 right winger.

“When you trade a young player it’s difficult,” said Hamilton. “But this was done purely to get Austin in a position to get some ice time. We have too many guys ahead of him. He’s a quality young man and we wanted to get him a chance to play in our league.”

In two seasons with the Rockets Ferguson played in 58 career games. He was selected by the Rockets in the eighth round of the 2010 WHL bantam draft.

Rocket Shots…The Rockets (3-4-1-0) are in Victoria this weekend for two games with the Royals (6-3-0-0), Friday and Saturday night…Mitch Holmberg scored twice Wednesday to lead the Spokane Chiefs past the Rockets 6-4 Wednesday at Prospera Place…Kelowna’s Myles Bell had three assists vs the Chiefs and is now tied for the WHL scoring lead with 14 points (5g, 9a).


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