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Best Foote forward

 

Madison Erhardt

UPDATE: 10:30 a.m.

Castanet will be streaming the press conference of the introduction of new Kelowna Rockets head coach Adam Foote live at 11 a.m.


UPDATE: 9:05 a.m.

The Kelowna Rockets have made it official.

Adam Foote is the new head coach of the Kelowna Rockets. Foote replaces Jason Smith, who was fired Monday after two plus seasons on the job.

"Our hope is that Adam can come in and take over a team that is in transition," said president and GM Bruce Hamilton.

"Because we host the 2020 Memorial Cup, we know a number of personnel moves will have to be made. We are confident Adam will be able to help us move forward, not just this year but next season also."

Foote's son Nolan is a forward with the club. His eldest son Cal turned pro this season after three seasons in Kelowna.

Adam Foote played 19 seasons in the NHL after being drafted 22nd overall by the Quebec Nordiques in 1989.

He won Stanley Cups in Colorado in 1996 and 2001 and a gold medal with Canada at the 2002 Winter Olympics.

"I'm excited," said Foote.

"Kelowna is a great organization, and there are exciting times ahead. I'm lucky to have played on a lot of good teams with great players throughout my career.

"I've gathered a lot of information over the years and plan to apply it to the development of Rockets players."


ORIGINAL STORY: 6:30 a.m.

Just one day after relieving Jason Smith of his head coaching duties with the Kelowna Rockets, the Rockets have tapped another NHL'er for the top coaching gig.

Multiple reports indicate former Colorado Avalanche defencman Adam Foote will be named the team's head coach later today.

Foote has been consulting with the Avalanche since his retirement in 2011.

Foote’s son, 17-year-old Nolan, suits up for the Rockets.

The elder Foote spent 17 years in the Avalanche organization as a player, dating all the way back to the team’s days as the Quebec Nordiques, while also suiting up for a brief three-year stint in Columbus. He amassed 308 points and 1534 penalty minutes through 1154 career tilts.

A press conference is expected to be called later this afternoon as the Rockets host the Swift Current Broncos tonight at Prospera Place.



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