Kelowna (ISN) – The Kelowna Rockets are pleased to announce that 2010 bantam draft pick Mitchell Wheaton has committed to the Rockets and will re-join the team this week.

Wheaton, a 6-foot-5, 225 pound defenceman, had taken part in the Rockets main training camp before returning to the Spruce Grove Saints of the AJHL where he was contemplating scholarship offers from several American universities.

“I had some interest from a few schools but my family and I discussed it and we thought the best thing for me was going to play in Kelowna,” said Wheaton. “It was the organization they have and the history they have of past young defencemen. They have amazing coaches and I just think that’s my best chance of playing professional hockey one day.”

After being drafted by the Rockets in 2010, Wheaton played a season of midget in his hometown of Sherwood Park, AB before playing 45 games with the Saints last season as a 16-year-old. He had seven goals, seven assists and 62 penalty minutes.

Rockets president and general manager Bruce Hamilton said Wheaton was impressive at training camp this year and welcomed him back into the fold.

“We’re thrilled that he has chosen Kelowna as the place he wants to play,” said Hamilton. “He was excellent in training camp and we’re looking forward to having him join us.”

Wheaton will arrive in Kelowna on Wednesday and will practice with the team that day as the Rockets get set for their final two WHL preseason games, Thursday in Spokane and Saturday in Kelowna against Tri-City.