Aug 21,2014(ISN) – Close to 100 young hockey prospects will be hitting the ice at Prospera Place on
Thursday morning in the first of three-and-a-half days of games at the Kelowna
Rockets 2014 Rookie Training Camp.
Among the prospects at camp were players the drafted in the 2014 WHL Bantam Draft,
along with other camp attendees, all looking to impress Rockets coaches and scouts.
All of the players will return for another year of minor hockey in their hometowns.
Players attending camp were introduced to the Rockets organization, had a tour of
the team’s dressing room and heard from GM Bruce Hamilton as well as Head Coach Dan
“The only thing I ask is that you play hard,” said Hamilton. “Don’t wait until
Sunday to show us how you can play. Start showing us tomorrow. Don’t get
discouraged. If you have a bad shift, don’t get down.”
Lambert, in his first year as Rockets head coach, introduced his new coaching staff
including new assistants Kris Mallette and Travis Crickard, then told the players
what they were looking for.
“We want you guys to compete hard every shift,” said Lambert. “We want guys that
compete, have good body language and respect the game of hockey.”
Among the prospects were the Rockets drafted players, however Hamilton said every
player entered the camp with a shot to make the team.
“Starting tomorrow everyone is on the same page,” said Hamilton. “Shea Weber, Duncan
Keith and Josh Gorges were all walk-on players. Don’t think it can’t happen.”
The Rockets rookie camp concludes Sunday. The team’s main training camp begins
Monday and Kelowna opens the WHL exhibition season at home on Aug. 30 vs. Kamloops.