Friday, May 23, 2014

Ten years ago today, Kelowna Rockets win 2004 Memorial Cup

It was 10 years ago today that the Kelowna Rockets won the 2004 Memorial Cup.
Randall Gelech scored one of the Rockets two goals in the third period to beat Gatineau 2-1 in the tournament final.
"I think I have broken down in tears about three times", Gelech said after the final buzzer sounded. "I never dreamed in a million years that this would ever feel this good. Now that we've done it, it feels like I need to wake up. It feels like a dream," Gelech added.
It was an emotional ending to the season for 19 year-old forward Tyler Mosienko. "I was crying man. When I was skating before the game I had tears coming down. I couldn't even talk. I was choked up and I haven't cried in a little while."  
The Rockets went 3 and 0 during the round robin tournament before winning a one goal game in the championship final. Overage goaltender Kelly Guard was named the tournament MVP for allowing three goals in four games.
"I just wanted to have a strong tournament and give the guys a chance to win. I believe together as a team we have done that", a soft spoken Guard said after the game. 
The 2004 Memorial Cup championship team will be inducted into the BC Hockey Hall of Fame during a ceremony in late June.

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