The Kelowna Rockets and the Western Hockey League are proud to announce that 16 former Rockets players were included in the 131 WHL Alumni that have been named among National Hockey League opening day rosters to start the 2018/2019 season.
All 31 NHL teams boast at least one WHL Alumni, with the Edmonton Oilers holding the largest number of WHL graduates on opening night with eight players listed. The Calgary Flames, Montreal Canadiens, New York Islanders, Philadelphia Flyers and Winnipeg Jets all include seven previous WHL players each while the Vegas Golden Knights and the Vancouver Canucks start the season with six WHL graduates.
The Portland Winterhawks take the title this season, providing the most WHL Alumni to NHL opening night rosters with 18 players. Next behind Portland in supplying WHL graduates to NHL opening night rosters is the Kelowna Rockets, Brandon Wheat Kings, Calgary Hitmen, Red Deer Rebels and Moose Jaw Warriors.
Of the 131 number of WHL Alumni on NHL opening day rosters, two are currently on the injured reserve lists for their respective NHL Clubs.
Listed below are the WHL Alumni who are on NHL opening day rosters for the 2018/2019 season:
Luke Schenn, D — Kelowna Rockets
Mikael Backlund, C — Kelowna Rockets
Dillon Dube, C/RW — Kelowna Rockets
Chicago Blackhawks :
Duncan Keith, D – Kelowna Rockets
Tyson Barrie, D – Kelowna Rockets
Jamie Benn, LW — Kelowna Rockets
Blake Comeau, LW/RW — Kelowna Rockets
Leon Draisaitl, C – Prince Albert Raiders/ Kelowna Rockets
Shea Weber, D – Kelowna Rockets
Colton Sissons, C —Kelowna Rockets
New Jersey Devils:
Damon Severson, D – Kelowna Rockets
San Jose Sharks:
Rourke Chartier, C – Kelowna Rockets
Alexander Edler, D — Kelowna Rockets
Madison Bowey, D – Kelowna Rockets
Josh Morrissey, D — Prince Albert Raiders/Kelowna Rockets
Tyler Myers, D — Kelowna Rockets
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