Goaltender Cole Schwebius grew up attending Kelowna Rockets games at Prospera Place dreaming of one day skating out through the Ogopogo as the Rockets goaltender. Last Thursday morning that dream became possible as the Rockets acquired him and two of his teammates from the Seattle Thunderbirds.
“I couldn’t believe it at first, it took a few days for it to sink in,” said Scwebius when asked how he felt after hearing about the trade. “I knew there was a chance that I could be moved, but to be dealt to my hometown team is a dream come true, it’s an honour. It’s going to be an exciting season for sure with the Memorial Cup coming up.”
His favourite players were always Rockets goaltenders, one of them helped out at his minor hockey practices.
“My favourite goalies were Jordan Cooke and Jackson Whistle. Whistle actually used to come and help out with my practices when I was in peewee.”
The 18-year old says that he learned a lot during his rookie season that saw the Thunderbirds move their starting goaltender at the trade deadline.
“This past season I took on a lesser role with the team, I was younger and a rookie. It was a great learning experience, to see how the league works and learn from the veterans.”
He appeared in 17 games posting a 5-8-2-0 record with a 3.89 goals against average (GAA) and an .886 save percentage (SV%). In five of those games, he faced 40 shots or more.
Coming into next season Schwebius will know a few familiar faces on the roster, he’s neighbours with Alex Swetikoff and played with fellow goaltender Roman Basran on the BCMML’s Okanagan Rockets.
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