Since 1995 fifty-five Kelowna Rockets players have had their name called at the NHL Draft, providing them with the chance to open the door on their NHL career. Today we’ll take a look at five players who have wedged the door wide open.
Scott Hannan was the first Kelowna player to be taken in the first round after the team relocated from Tacoma. The Richmond, B.C. product was selected by the San Jose Sharks with the 23rd pick at the 1997 NHL Draft. His shut down role naturally transitioned with him to the pro ranks where he carved out an NHL career that would span 16 seasons and 1,055 regular season games, chipping in 217 points.
He helped Canada claim gold at the 2004 World Cup of Hockey.
Travis Moen was drafted by the Calgary Flames 155th overall at the 2000 NHL Draft but never played for the team. Always playing with an edge he earned a contract with the Chicago Blackhawks.
He was a member of the Anaheim Ducks 2004 Stanley Cup team, scoring three game-winning goals during the playoffs.
He suited up for 747 NHL games over 12 seasons, scoring 59 goals and 136 points.
Shea Weber slipped to the Nashville Predators at the 2003 draft scooping him up with the 49th pick. The Sicamous, B.C. product was the captain of the Predators and currently wears the C for the Montreal Canadiens.
He has appeared in 925 NHL games to date, adding a whopping 534 points (203G, 331A). He has played in six all-star games and has helped Canada win two Olympic gold medals, a World Championship and the World Cup of Hockey.
Troy Bodie defied all of the odds, making it to the show as a late pick. He was the 15th last pick at the 2003 Draft, the Oilers used their 278th to select the Portage La Prairie, Man product. He played in 159 NHL contests before calling it a career.
Tyler Myers was selected with the 12th pick by the Buffalo Sabres at the 2008 NHL Draft. The towering defender won the Calder Memorial Trophy as the NHL’s rookie of the year in 2010.
He has appeared in 635 NHL games to date, adding 265 points (74G, 191A).
Seven Rockets have been listed by NHL Central Scouting heading into this weekends draft. Find out more about them and the broadcast schedule in our draft preview.
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