The Kelowna Rockets are proud to announce fourteen Rockets alumni have been named to National Hockey League opening night rosters to start the 2021-22 NHL season.
The 2021-22 regular season will commence Tuesday, Oct. 12 with a doubleheader that includes the Tampa Bay Lightning raising their third Stanley Cup championship banner before facing the Pittsburgh Penguins at Amalie Arena at 7:30 p.m. ET, followed by the first-ever regular-season game for the NHL’s 32nd franchise, the Seattle Kraken, who will play against the Vegas Golden Knights at T-Mobile Arena at 10 p.m. ET. The 1,312-game regular-season schedule — 82 games per team — will conclude Friday, April 29, when 30 of the League’s 32 teams take to the ice.
Below is the list of Rockets on rosters by team:
Calgary Flames: Mikael Backlund, Dillon Dube
Dallas Stars: Jamie Benn, Blake Comeau
Edmonton Oilers: Tyson Barrie, Leon Draisaitl, Duncan Keith
LA Kings: Alex Edler
Nashville Predators: Colton Sissons
New Jersey Devils: Damon Severson
Seattle Kraken: Kole Lind
Tampa Bay Lightning: Cal Foote
Vancouver Canucks: Luke Schenn, Tyler Myers
Winnipeg Jets: Josh Morrissey
A number of former Rockets attended NHL camps but were either re-assigned or waived and will now join their respective NHL teams farm club. Those players include: Kaden Korczak (Vegas/Henderson), Dillon Hamaliuk (San Jose Sharks/San Jose Barracuda), Nolan Foote (New Jersey/Binghamton), Lassi Thomson (Ottawa/Belleville), Carsen Twarynski (Seattle/Charlotte), Lucas Johansen (Washington/Hershey), Devante Stephens (Vancouver/Abbotsford), Nick Merkley (San Jose Sharks/San Jose Barracuda), Justin Kirkland (Calgary/Stockton), Gage Quinney (Vegas/Henderson), Madison Bowey (Vancouver/Abbotsford), Tyrell Goulbourne (Ottawa/Belleville).
Shea Weber, who is still under contract to the Montreal Canadiens, has been placed on the long term injured reserve.