The opinions of a Western Hockey League radio broadcaster
Sunday, October 23, 2016
What 16 year-old forward Kyle Topping did last night in Seattle was abnormal. Rookies with a handful of games under their belt don't go out and score three goals in one game and lead their team to a 5-1 road win. Or do they? Ok, I guess they do, but what the 11th round bantam pick accomplished last night was a first in the Kelowna Rockets record books.
Topping opened the scoring, provided the insurance marker and then rounded out the scoring for the visiting team in the third period. Topping did one better than Kyle McLeod's hat trick, in Seattle, when the power forward scored three times as a 17 year-old in the 2000-2001 season. As mentioned, three goal games are rare for first year rookies in the WHL, Kyle Topping has the bragging rights of being in a select group. It is an impressive feat for a player who doesn't turn 17 until November 18th.