Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Rockets schedule provides some interesting tidbits

  • The Rockets will open the regular season September 21st in Kamloops. The teams home opener is one night later, September 22nd, against the Blazers.
  • 11 of the Rockets first 16 games are on the road. 
  • Again the Rockets have the luxury of playing back-to-back games in Portland, but this time the lone trip to Oregon is September 28th and 29th. The Hawks are given the same luxury with back-to-back games in Kelowna February 8th and 9th.
  • This season the Rockets make just one trip to Tri City, but it is for two games on back-to-back nights. The Rockets are at the Toyota Center November 16th and 17th.  Playing a double header in Tri City is a first. I like it!
  • The longest home stand the Rockets enjoy is only four games. Those four games are played over nine nights from November 1st to November 9th. 
  • We won't have to wait until the new year to see the Seattle Thunderbirds. The two teams face one another December 1st in Kent.  Last season the Rockets and T-Birds didn't start their four game seasonal series until the second half.
  • The Rockets won't be traveling into Saskatchewan or Manitoba this season. The furthest East they will travel is Medicine Hat, Alberta. 
  • While the Rockets open the season with a home and home series with Kamloops, they close out the season with a home and home vs. the Vancouver Giants. 
  • Shane McColgan and the Saskatoon Blades make their one and only visit of the season on November 24th.
  • The longest road trip is five games, with an Alberta road swing in early December. The trip starts in Cranbrook, BC before stops in Lethbridge, Med Hat, Red Deer and Calgary. Those five games are played in six nights.
  • The Rockets play Victoria eight times this season, but six times in the final two and half months of the season.  
  • If the trade deadline is indeed January 11th, the Rockets are home to the visiting Tri City Americans.      

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