Kelowna Rockets-(1)

Kevin Parnell

February 18, 2013, Kelowna, BC (ISN) – Kelowna Rockets president and general manager Bruce Hamilton announced on Monday that players Carter Rigby and Mitchell Wheaton will be out for the rest of the Western Hockey League season after suffering shoulder injuries.

Both Rigby and Wheaton will require shoulder surgery and will be out four to five months for recovery.

“Injuries happen and our plan now with both Carter and Mitchell is to get them into surgery and started on their rehabilitation as soon as we can,” said Hamilton.

In 34 games this season, his second with the Rockets, Rigby had 12 goals, including back to back hat tricks just before he was injured.

A rookie defenceman, the 6-foot-5 Wheaton was plus-20 with eight points in 39 games played before going down with the injury.

The Rockets next action is this weekend in Victoria where they will play two games against the Royals.

Kelowna returns home on Feb. 28 to host the Seattle Thunderbirds.

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