The Kelowna Rockets are pleased to announce the signing of 2001 born forward, Alex Swetlikoff to a standard Western Hockey League (WHL) Player Agreement.
“We’re very excited to have him join the Rockets,” said President and General Manager, Bruce Hamilton. “I know it’s always difficult to leave another team. However, I think that Alex understands that if he wants to get to the next level the best move for him is to come to the Western Hockey League to achieve those goals. We’re looking forward to helping him become a better player and get him in a position to be drafted this June.”
The 17-year-old was originally drafted 62nd overall in the third round of the 2016 WHL Bantam Draft by the Seattle Thunderbirds.
Kelowna acquired Swetlikoff’s rights from the Lethbridge Hurricanes on December 6th. In return, the Hurricanes received a 4th round draft pick in the 2022 WHL Bantam Draft.
“I’m super excited to join the Rockets,” said Swetlikoff. “I grew up watching them play, its a privilege to join the organization. I can’t wait to hit the ice with them.”
Swetlikoff was playing in his second season with the Vernon Vipers of the BCHL this year. In 27 games played this year he had 20 points (8G, 12A) and 20 penalty minutes.
The NHL’s Central Scouting Service has listed Swetlikoff as a C prospect on their Players to Watch List, meaning he is projected to be drafted in the fourth round or later at the NHL’s upcoming draft this June in Vancouver.
The 6’2, 179 pound forward recently suited up for Canada West at the World Junior A Challenge in Bonnyville, Alberta where he helped the team take home bronze. It was his second time representing Canada, he played for Canada White last season at the World Under 17 Hockey Challenge.
You can see Swetlikoff and the Rockets play following the Christmas break, Saturday, December 29th, when they host the Kamloops Blazers at Prospera Place. Tickets are on sale at selectyourtickets.com, at the Prospera Place box office or by phone at 250762-5050.