The Kelowna Rockets are pleased to announce the hiring of Adam Foote as the team’s new head coach.
Foote, a former captain of the Colorado Avalanche and Columbus Blue Jackets, played 1158 NHL games. He was most recently a defensive coach with the Colorado Avalanche from 2011 through last season.
“Our hope is that Adam can come in and take over a team that is in transition,” said Rockets General Manager Bruce Hamilton. “Because we host the 2020 Memorial Cup, we know a number of personnel moves will have to be made. We are confident Adam will be able to help us move forward, not just this year but next season also.”
Foote, 47, is a former OHL player, having played for the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds. He was drafted 22nd overall by the Quebec Nordiques in 1989. He had 308 points (66g, 242a) and 308 penalty minutes during his 19-year career in the NHL. He won two Stanley Cups with the Avalanche in 1996 and 2001 and a gold medal with Team Canada at the 2002 Winter Olympics.
“I’m excited,” said Foote, a defenceman as a player. “Kelowna is a great organization, and there are exciting times ahead. I’m lucky to have played on a lot of good teams with great players throughout my career. I’ve gathered a lot of information over the years and plan to apply it to the development of Rockets players.”
Foote and his wife Jennifer have two sons: Cal is a former Rockets captain and first-round draft pick of the Tampa Bay Lightning who is currently playing for the Syracuse Crunch of the American Hockey League, and Nolan, an assistant captain in his third season with the Rockets.
Foote joins assistant coaches Kris Mallette and Travis Crickard on the Rockets bench.
You can see Foote and the Rockets play tonight, Tuesday, October 23rd, 2018 when they host the defending WHL Champions – the Swift Current Broncos at Prospera Place. Tickets are on sale at selectyourtickets.com, at the Prospera Place box office or by phone at 250762-5050.
Adam will be available for media at 11:00 AM this morning outside the Rockets Dressing Room.