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Rockets Take Skilled Centre with 1st pick in Bantam Draft

May 2, 2013 – Calgary, AB

The Kelowna Rockets selected a skilled centre with its first pick at the annual Western Hockey League bantam draft held in Calgary today.

Picking 21st out of 22 teams, Kelowna drafted Cochrane, AB native Dillon Dube, who played last season with the Notre Dame Hounds, bantam AAA team.

“I think he’s a dynamic player who has great skill,” said Rockets director of scouting Lorne Frey after making the selection. “He’s a tremendous skater and he’s going to be an exciting player to watch and that’s what you want: To put people in the building with exciting players.”

Dube had 24 goals and 26 assists for 50 points in 26 games with the bantam Hounds, a team that actually played in the Saskatchewan midget league.

“He’s developed quite nicely in Notre Dame and we’re quite pleased,” said Frey, who selected 12 players at the draft table.

With its second round selection the Rockets added to its stable of young defenceman with the selection of Cal Foote, the son of former NHL player Adam Foote.

Foote played with the Colorado Thunderbirds minor hockey program and has been coached by his Dad throughout his minor hockey career.

Rockets assistant coach Dan Lambert, who played with the elder Foote in both Quebec and Halifax, says his son looks to have the right tools to be a good player.

“He plays  like a young pro,” said Lambert. “He defends very well and has a great first pass. You can tell his Dad Adam did a great job coaching him and you can tell he’s been around pro hockey his whole life.”

Here are the rest of the Rockets bantam draft selections at the 2013 WHL draft with their hometown and position

3rd round (65th)

Jordan Borstmayer

Pos: Right Wing

Hometown:St. Brieux, SK

Ht: 5`11

Wt: 156

Team: Melfort Wolfpack

4th round (87th)

Kole Lind

Pos: RW

Hometown: Shaunavon, SK

Ht: 5`10

Wt:`150

Team: Swift Current Raiders

6th round (112)

Ryan Hall

Pos: Goalie

Hometown: Winnipeg, MB

Ht: 6`3

Wt: 167

Team: Winnipeg Monarchs

6th round (131)

Jeffrey Stewart

Pos: LW

Ht: 6`1

Wt: 155

Hometown: Surrey, BC

Team: Semiahmoo

 

8th round (175)

Connor Bowey

Pos: D

Hometown: Winnipeg, MB

Ht: 5`8

Wt: 148

Team: Monarchs

9th round (185)

Garrett Kuklica

Pos: D

Hometown: Winnipeg, MB

Ht: 5`11.5

Wt: 198

Team: Winnipeg Sharks

9th round (197)

Braydyn Chizen

Pos: D

Hometown: St. Albert, AB

Ht: 6`3

Wt: 195

Team: Spruce Grove

10th round (205)

Lucas Froulin

Pos: LW

Hometown: Calgary, AB

Ht: 6

Wt:`168

Team: Royals

 

10th round (207)

Marial Beny

Pos: LW

Hometown: Melville, SK

Ht: 5`11

Wt: 161

Team: Melville Millionaires

10. Brodan Salmond

Pos: Goalie

Hometown: Calgary

Ht: 5`10

Wt: 145

Team: Mount

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