Southam to join Axemen

Marissa Baecker

Kelowna Rockets Captain Rodney Southam has committed to Acadia University to play for the Axemen in the upcoming 2017-2018 hockey season.

Following his lengthy junior hockey career split between the Kelowna Rockets and the Tri-City Americans, Southam is heading east to cash in on his WHL Scholarship.

“It was tough making the final decision to go to Acadia, but they showed a lot of interest in me,” Southam explained. “I think going out east will be good for my hockey career.”

The hard nosed WHL veteran says his time in Kelowna prepared him for this next step.

“The Rockets helped me with a lot…. not only in my hockey career, but in maturing me into a man,” Southam said. “I believe they did an amazing job for me and I couldn’t ask for much more.”

When it comes to the school aspect, Southam hasn’t made a final decision on what he’ll be taking.

“As of right now I’m not totally sure what I’ll be taking in school, but the University as well as my family are helping me find what’s best for me,” said Southam.

The Rockets leader finished his WHL career with 41 goals, and 60 assists, for 101 points in 247 games, accompanied by 329 penalty minutes. He played 184 of those games with Kelowna, helping the team win the 2015 Ed Chynoweth Cup. Southam also added 57 career playoff games, 52 of those with Kelowna. In his 57 playoff games he tallied nine goals and seven assists for 16 points. He was also the team captain during his final two seasons.

When he heads out east to join Acadia, Southam will be joining a former teammate from a previous year here in Kelowna, Chance Braid.

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