It’s that time again, junior teams send players off to chase their hockey dreams for the opportunity to one day play in the NHL.
For junior coaches, it’s a good feeling sending players to NHL camps. Assistant Coach of the Kelowna Rockets Kris Mallette says he’s happy to be a part of it.
“This is what they’re here for. First and foremost we want to shape these guys into good young men, but when these players come into the Western Hockey League the dream for most of them is to try to make it to the NHL,” Mallette said. “So when they’re able to get their foot in the door and be drafted or get a free agent tryout, it’s good to be able to play a small part in getting them to where they need to be.”
The Rockets will be sending 10 players to NHL camps this season:
Braydyn Chizen – Minnesota Wild
Dillon Dube – Calgary Flames
Cal Foote – Tampa Bay Lightning
Lucas Johansen – Washington Capitals
Kole Lind – Vancouver Canucks
Nick Merkley – Arizona Coyotes
Tomas Soustal – Free Agent Tryout with Dallas Stars
Devante Stephens – Buffalo Sabres
Calvin Thurkauf – Columbus Blue Jackets
Carsen Twarynski – Philadelphia Flyers