Kelowna Rockets

Pavel Novak celebrates his first WHL regular season goal against the Tri-City Americans at Prospera Place on October 2, 2019 in Kelowna, Canada. (Photo by Marissa Baecker/Shoot the Breeze)

Two Kelowna Rockets selected in 2020 NHL Draft

Michael Kruitl 110th overall to the Chicago Blackhawks; Pavel Novak 146th overall to the Minnesota Wild

 

Leon Draisaitl skates against the Portland Winterhawks on May 1, 2015, at Prospera Place in Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada. (Photo by Marissa Baecker/Getty Images)

Former Kelowna Rocket Leon Draisaitl named NHL’s best

Draisaitl topped the NHL’s scoring charts with 110 points

 

Tyson Barrie is a Kelowna Rockets (WHL) alumni member and a current member of the Toronto Maple Leafs (NHL). (Contributed)

NHL Stanley Cup Qualifiers to feature 14 Kelowna Rockets alumni

The NHL 2020 Stanley Cup Qualifiers And Playoffs begin on Saturday, Aug. 1, 2020

 

The Kelowna Rockets pose for a picture with the Memorial Cup after winning in 2004. (Contributed)

City of Kelowna to hold funds for 2023 Memorial Cup bid

$135,000 of the city’s initial $225,000 commitment to the tournament will be held for a future bid

The Kelowna Rockets pose for a picture with the Memorial Cup after winning in 2004. (Contributed)
Michael Krutil played eight games last season with HC Stadion Litomerice. (Contributed)

Rockets select defenceman Michael Krutil in CHL Import Draft

Krutil, 18, has been limited to 70 games over the last two seasons due to injuries

Michael Krutil played eight games last season with HC Stadion Litomerice. (Contributed)
Kris Mallette, former assistant coach of the Kelowna Rockets stands on the bench for his first home game as interim head coach against the Everett Silvertips at Prospera Place on February 28, 2020 in Kelowna, Canada. (Photo by Marissa Baecker/Shoot the Breeze)

Rockets’ Mallette named assistant coach for 2020 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge

Mallette was named head coach of the Kelowna Rockets (WHL) in March 2020

Kris Mallette, former assistant coach of the Kelowna Rockets stands on the bench for his first home game as interim head coach against the Everett Silvertips at Prospera Place on February 28, 2020 in Kelowna, Canada. (Photo by Marissa Baecker/Shoot the Breeze)
Pavel Novak of the Kelowna Rockets during a game against the Red Deer Rebels at Prospera Place on February 15, 2020. (Marissa Baecker - Shoot the Breeze)

Kelowna Rockets’ Novak, Peterek invited to Czech Republic’s U-20 camp

The two forwards are among 32 players invited to the camp

Pavel Novak of the Kelowna Rockets during a game against the Red Deer Rebels at Prospera Place on February 15, 2020. (Marissa Baecker - Shoot the Breeze)
Conner McDonald skates against the Portland Winterhawks at Prospera Place on February 8, 2020. (Marissa Baecker - Shoot the Breeze)

Kelowna Rockets alum Conner McDonald commits to UBC

McDonald suited up for 303 regular-season games over his WHL career, collecting 147 points (44G, 103A) and 261 penalty minutes

Conner McDonald skates against the Portland Winterhawks at Prospera Place on February 8, 2020. (Marissa Baecker - Shoot the Breeze)
Kelowna Rockets’ mascot Rocky Raccoon addresses the crowd at Prospera Place in Kelowna, B.C. (Contributed)

Poll: Who are the all-time best Kelowna Rockets players?

Capital News asks readers to pick their favourite Rockets players from over the years

Kelowna Rockets’ mascot Rocky Raccoon addresses the crowd at Prospera Place in Kelowna, B.C. (Contributed)
Andrew Cristall was drafted 8th overall by the Kelowna Rockets in the 2020 WHL Bantam Draft. (Photo - Kelowna Rockets)

Kelowna Rockets 2020 WHL Draft Recap

The Rockets made 11 selections, including one goaltender, four defencemen and six forwards

Andrew Cristall was drafted 8th overall by the Kelowna Rockets in the 2020 WHL Bantam Draft. (Photo - Kelowna Rockets)
Lorne Frey is from Swift Current, Saskatchewan. (Contributed)

Lorne Frey steps away after 30 years as Rockets’ assistant GM

Frey has been the Kelowna Rockets assistant GM since the team was bought in 1991

Lorne Frey is from Swift Current, Saskatchewan. (Contributed)
Kelowna’s Kyle Topping warms up on the ice against the Vancouver Giants at Prospera Place on January 26. (Photo: Marissa Baecker/Kelowna Rockets Images)

‘I’ll always call Kelowna a second home’: Rockets veteran looks back on junior career

It was a heartbreaking end for Kyle Topping, but it doesn’t take away from the four special years

Kelowna’s Kyle Topping warms up on the ice against the Vancouver Giants at Prospera Place on January 26. (Photo: Marissa Baecker/Kelowna Rockets Images)
Bruce Hamilton, owner and general manager sits with Lorne Frey, director of player personnel of the Kelowna Rockets (Photo: Marissa Baecker/Kelowna Rockets Images)

Kelowna Rockets take teammates at U.S. Prospects Draft

The Rockets off-season starts March 25 with WHL Bantam Draft coming in four weeks

Bruce Hamilton, owner and general manager sits with Lorne Frey, director of player personnel of the Kelowna Rockets (Photo: Marissa Baecker/Kelowna Rockets Images)
Bruce Hamilton, owner and general manager sits with Lorne Frey, director of player personnel of the Kelowna Rockets in preparation WHL draft. (Photo: Marissa Baecker/Kelowna Rockets Images)

WHL updates off-season plans as Kelowna Rockets look to 2021

Off-season starts March 25 as Rockets commemerate three players who played their last WHL game

Bruce Hamilton, owner and general manager sits with Lorne Frey, director of player personnel of the Kelowna Rockets in preparation WHL draft. (Photo: Marissa Baecker/Kelowna Rockets Images)
Tyson Barrie tallied 72 points during the 2009-10 season while playing for the Kelowna Rockets. (Contributed)

A trip down memory lane: 5 of the best single-season player performances in Kelowna Rockets history

The list includes seasons by players such as Jesse Schultz, Robb Gordon and Tyson Barrie

Tyson Barrie tallied 72 points during the 2009-10 season while playing for the Kelowna Rockets. (Contributed)
Kelowna’s Matthew Wedman takes a face-off against his old team the Seattle Thunderbirds. (Photo by Marissa Baecker/Kelowna Rockets Images)

WHL cancels remaining games of season, hopeful for playoffs at later date

The Kelowna Rockets would have played their last game on March 21

Kelowna’s Matthew Wedman takes a face-off against his old team the Seattle Thunderbirds. (Photo by Marissa Baecker/Kelowna Rockets Images)
Kelowna Rockets GM Bruce Hamilton (left) and Kia Canada’s Daryl Katchaluba (left) present the 2020 Memorial Cup logo. (Photo: Mackenzie Britton/Capital News)

‘Hope that event will continue’: Canadian Hockey League addresses Memorial Cup in Kelowna

The CHL suspended all league play on March 12 amid coronavirus pandemic

Kelowna Rockets GM Bruce Hamilton (left) and Kia Canada’s Daryl Katchaluba (left) present the 2020 Memorial Cup logo. (Photo: Mackenzie Britton/Capital News)
Bruce Hamilton, owner and general manager sits with Lorne Frey, director of player personnel of the Kelowna Rockets. (Photo: Marissa Baecker/Kelowna Rockets Images)

Rockets issue statement supporting CHL’s call to suspend season due to COVID-19

The Canadian Hockey League suspended all three leagues Thursday afternoon

Bruce Hamilton, owner and general manager sits with Lorne Frey, director of player personnel of the Kelowna Rockets. (Photo: Marissa Baecker/Kelowna Rockets Images)
Kelowna’s Kyle Topping warms up on the ice against the Vancouver Giants at Prospera Place on January 26. (Photo: Marissa Baecker/Kelowna Rockets Images)

Rockets’ season suspended as Canadian Hockey League reacts to COVID-19

The Western Hockey League pauses season on March 12

Kelowna’s Kyle Topping warms up on the ice against the Vancouver Giants at Prospera Place on January 26. (Photo: Marissa Baecker/Kelowna Rockets Images)
Kelowna’s Mark Liwiski skates against the Victoria Royals in a 3-2 loss on March 11. (Photo:Marissa Baecker/Kelowna Rockets Images)

Rockets have points slip away in tight loss to Royals

Kelowna fell to the Victoria Royals 3-2 Wednesday night

Kelowna’s Mark Liwiski skates against the Victoria Royals in a 3-2 loss on March 11. (Photo:Marissa Baecker/Kelowna Rockets Images)