Tuesday, December 29, 2009

2009 - What a year it was

January 5th : Tyler Myers and Jamie Benn help Canada win gold at the 2009 World Junior Hockey Championships by beating Sweden 5-1.

January 6th – The Rockets officially announce that Michael Backlund is leaving his Swedish Elite League to join the Rockets for the remainder of the season.

April: The Rockets beat both Tri City and Vancouver in six games on their way to a birth in the WHL final.

April 30th: The Rockets select forward Jason Siebert with the 17th overall pick in the 2009 WHL Bantam Draft.

May 9th: The Rockets win the Western Hockey League title over the heavily favored Calgary Hitmen.

June 22nd: Jeff Finley resigns as an assistant coach with the Rockets. Finley spent two years under head coach Ryan Huska. He had the pleasure of developing NHL's Luke Schenn and Tyler Myers.

July 8th: Dan Lambert joins Rockets as an assistant coach.

October 3rd: Former Rockets defenceman Tyler Myers makes his NHL debut against the Montreal Canadiens. Myers is just 19 years - 245 days old when takes to the ice for the first time wearing a Sabres uniform.

November 26th: Kelowna hosts the final game of the Subway Super Series. Brandon McMillan is named the games top player, much to the delight of the home town crowd.

December 16th: Forward Brandon McMillan is named to Team Canada's roster for the World Junior Hockey Cahmpionships.. McMillan becomes the 10th Rockets player to wear Canadian colours.


g.k said...

How about this date Regan!! Dec. 27th Vancouver Giant's send 4 Kelowna Rockets to hospital with injuries!! Where are we going to find 8 players to fill these spots is my question??

J.S. said...

Someone forgot to let the kid from Swift in on Bouma's habit of finishing his checks hard.....This team once again needs a heavyweight. Curt Gogol has run through the leagues toughest guys but is a light heavyweight at best. When a team takes out three of your players you have to figure you are getting no repect in your barn. That part of junior hockey hasn't changed in my opinion. And the rookie defencemen, all of them that had such a poor game last game need to play way more physical if they are to help this team. If Kelowna drafted for size then why aren't they using it? That Vancouver game was typical post Christmas, but with a playoff spot so fragile, how many kids went the exra mile and trained through the holidays? Halliday and Gogol and Callahan had jump. The rest, including Barrie, were not good. Two points now is going to feel like four points in March.