Emanuel Sequeira/Black Press Kelowna Rockets’ teammates Kole Lind (left) and Dillon Dube faced each other in the Young Stars Classic in Penticton while playing with their respective NHL teams, the Canucks and Flames.

Rockets’ duo in zone at Young Stars Classic

Dillon Dube and Kole Lind both find the scoresheet for their respective NHL teams in Penticton

One day, Dillon Dube and Kole Lind plan to play in the National Hockey League.

The Kelowna Rockets linemates each gave their respective teams a precursor of what’s to come at the Young Stars Classic over the weekend in Penticton.

Dube, 19, a second-round pick of the Calgary Flames in 2016, is attending his second NHL training camp.

On Monday, the Cochrane, AB native closed out the Penticton tourney with the Flames’ lone goal in a 4-1 loss to the Winnipeg Jets.

“Just play my game and feel that I can fit in,” Dube said of his main objective at his second Young Stars Classic. “Obviously, it’s going to be different at main camp with all the pros there, they’ve been there for a long time and I just want to be able to be confident with them and show that I’m pushing for a spot in a couple of years.”

Lind, 18, a second round-draft pick of the Vancouver Canucks, made an auspicious debut at his first pro camp, registering two assists and adding an empty net goal in Friday’s 4-2 win over Winnipeg.

“It was a really cool time, had a lot of fun out here, to throw on a Canucks jersey for the first time was definitely special,” Lind said. “I think we would have liked to have had a couple more wins, but it was a great time all around.

“I felt good out there, I felt fresh for the new year, not as rusty as I usually do,” Lind added. “It helps to have a little better players out here that can make the game a lot easier for you for always being in the right spot…it felt good.”

With the departure of key veteran high-scoring forwards Nick Merkley, Calvin Thurkauf and Reid Gardiner from last year’s club, both Dube and Lind will be key to the Rockets’ success in 2017-18.

Rockets’ assistant coach Kris Mallette said the two second-round NHL picks will be front and centre for the WHL club this season.

“Dillon and Kole had prominent roles in our top six last year and we expect both to come back and show us an added level of play and lead by example,” said Mallette. “They’re not our only guys but are definitely in a group of players we’re going to lean on in all situations, kind of our go-to guys.

“Hopefully they won’t take too much added pressure on themselves, and if they do that and just play their games, they’ll be fine.”

As for Dube’s second appearance at an NHL camp and Lind’s first, Mallette said the experience can only be a benefit to both the players and the Rockets.

“I think it’s a confidence booster for them,” Mallette said. “These guys are trying to make that next step and it gives them confidence knowing they’re able to have success at that level.

“They know coming back (to the Rockets) and working hard will help them meet the expectations that come from the pro level. The message is the same from us as it is from their NHL teams. We’re on the same page, we want them to continually improve so the day will come they can move on and play pro.”

Dube and Lind are among 10 Rockets currently at NHL training camps.

The Rockets will open the WHL regular season Friday, Sept. 22 at home to the Kamloops Blazers.


Just Posted

Missing Kelowna woman sought

RCMP are asking for assistance in locating Christine Olsen-Meissnitzer

Plane lands safely after takeoff issue

An airplane departing Kelowna International Airport had an issue with a landing gear, landed safely

KSS rocks and rolls for 37th straight year

Kelowna secondary students let loose with annual Air Bank competition

YMCA launches teen program for mental health

Starting April 5, the Kelowna Family Y will host its first run of Mind Fit

Kelowna’s Community Calendar

Check out some upcoming events, or add your own event to our community calendar

REPLAY: B.C. this week in video

In case you missed it, here’s a look at replay-worthy highlights from across the province this week

Anti-pipeline protestors block Kinder Morgan tanker near Seattle

Protest was spurred on by the 28 anti-Kinder Morgan activists arrested in Burnaby

Some surprises in new book about B.C. labour movement

“On the Line” charts history of the union movement back to the 1800s

Cancer fundraiser takes to Okanagan Lake

Penticton and Naramata joining growing fundraising event

Elke’s Garden Tips: Good time to prepare

Lake Country garden columnist talks about what to do at this time of the year

Letter: Crying fowl over goose cull witness

Kelowna letter-writer says Canada geese come with many issues

Letter: I was born in Kelowna in 1930…

Kelowna letter-writer has some ideas on how things should run nowadays

B.C. cyclist races to first win of the season in New Zealand

Casey Brown captures Enduro title by more than two minutes at Crankworx Rotorua

How to keep local news visible in your Facebook feed

Facebook has changed the news feed to emphasize personal connections. You might see less news.

Most Read