Rockets open with rookies on Thursday

More than 140 young prospects will take to the ice this week as the Kelowna Rockets raise the curtain on the 2010 edition of training camp.

More than 140 young prospects will take to the ice this week as the Kelowna Rockets raise the curtain on the 2010 edition of training camp.

The Western Hockey League club’s rookie camp—featuring mostly 1994 and 1995-born players—will begin Thursday morning and run until Sunday at the Capital News Centre.

The camp will feature the club’s first-round pick in the 2010 WHL bantam draft, defenceman Jesse Lees from Calgary.

Second-pick, defenceman Madison Bowey from Winnipeg, won’t be at camp due to his participation in the Canadian midget baseball championship, but will arrive in Kelowna in time for main camp.

The Rockets’ main camp begins Tuesday, Aug. 31 and will showcase approximately 70 players.

The team plays its first exhibition game Friday, Sept. 3 in Ladner against the Vancouver Giants.

The same clubs will face off again the following night, 7 p.m at Prospera Place.

The Kelowna Rockets will open their regular season on Saturday, Sept. 25 at home to Prince George.

Warriors camp

The BCHL’s Westside Warriors will launch their 2010 training camp on Monday morning at Royal LePage Place.

With 40 players vying for 23 roster spots, the club will hold practises during the day and play games at night, including an inter-squad game on Wednesday, Aug. 25 at 5 p.m.

The camp roster includes 12 returning players.

Westside will battle the Penticton Vees in a two-game exhibition set next weekend—Friday, Aug. 27 at Royal LePage, and Saturday, Aug. 28 in Penticton.

Kelowna Capital News