July1, 2013, Kelowna, BC (ISN) – Four members of the Kelowna Rockets were drafted by NHL teams at the 2013 NHL Entry Draft in Newark, New Jersey on Sunday.
Defencemen Madison Bowey and Mitchell Wheaton as well as forwards Tyrell Goulbourne and Myles Bell were all selected in the annual event.
Bowey was the highest rated Rockets player to be selected as the skilled defenceman was taken in the second round (53rd overall) of the draft by the Washington Capitals.
“Such a surreal feeling,” Bowey said after the draft. “So proud to be joining such a great organization. Can’t wait to get started with the team.”
After Bowey’s selection, it wasn’t long until another Rockets player would be selected, however it wasn’t one anyone was expecting.
The Philadephia Flyers selected hard-nosed Rockets winger Goulbourne in the third round with the 72nd overall pick. Goulbourne wasn’t previously listed by NHL Central Scouting.
Next up was Wheaton, the towering 6-foot-5 defenceman, who was taken by Detroit in the fifth round (139).
Rockets leading scorer Myles Bell was also taken, as the New Jersey Devils took Bell in the sixth round (160).