Sep 2014 17

Okanagan Rockets Open New Season

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This weekend Simon Ferguson makes his coaching debut as the Okanagan Rockets open defense of their BC Major Midget championship title with two games against the Vancouver NE Chiefs.

There is only one player returning from last year’s national bronze winning team.  Mark Krabben, now 17, was an important piece to last season’s championship winning team and has been named the Captain for this campaign.

The Rockets were 2-1-1 against the Chiefs last season outscoring them 23-17.  At CNC the Rockets were 1-0-1, the only slight blemish on their home record was a 7-7 tie with the Chiefs.  The tie came in the 39th game of the season in an otherwise perfect home record of 19-0-1.

In the last two seasons the Rockets are 33-2-5 on home ice, a trend the club would like obviously to see continue.

One player to keep an eye on this weekend and this season is Nolan Kneen, the third overall pick of the Kamloops Blazers of the Western Hockey League.  He becomes the highest WHL draft pick to ever suit up for the Rockets.  Tyson Jost had previously held this honour as the seventh overall pick by the Everett Silvertips.  Jost last season went onto a record setting season.

The Rockets face the Chiefs at CNC at 3:00pm on Saturday and 10:00am on Sunday morning. Admission is free.

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