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Rockets Off to NHL Camps

Marissa Baecker

It’s that time again, junior teams send players off to chase their hockey dreams for the opportunity to one day play in the NHL.

For junior coaches, it’s a good feeling sending players to NHL camps. Assistant Coach of the Kelowna Rockets Kris Mallette says he’s happy to be a part of it.

“This is what they’re here for. First and foremost we want to shape these guys into good young men, but when these players come into the Western Hockey League the dream for most of them is to try to make it to the NHL,” Mallette said. “So when they’re able to get their foot in the door and be drafted or get a free agent tryout, it’s good to be able to play a small part in getting them to where they need to be.”

The Rockets will be sending 10 players to NHL camps this season:

Braydyn Chizen – Minnesota Wild

Dillon Dube – Calgary Flames

Cal Foote – Tampa Bay Lightning

Lucas Johansen – Washington Capitals

Kole Lind – Vancouver Canucks

Nick Merkley – Arizona Coyotes

Tomas Soustal – Free Agent Tryout with Dallas Stars

Devante Stephens – Buffalo Sabres

Calvin Thurkauf – Columbus Blue Jackets

Carsen Twarynski – Philadelphia Flyers

The Rockets will be in action without those players on Friday night when they host the Kamloops Blazers at 7:05pm at Prospera Place. Tickets are on sale now.

Tickets are available for Rockets home games through selectyourtickets.com, at the Prospera Place box office or by phone at 250-762-5050.

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