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Hoyer returns to WHL Rockets

For Scott Hoyer - what goes around, comes around.

Hoyer, who served as the Kelowna Rockets athletic therapist from 2000 until 2006, has returned to the team.

The Rockets announced Wednesday Hoyer would take over the position of athletic therapist, speed and conditioning coach immediately.

He replaces Jeff Thorburn who stepped down earlier this spring to accept the position of Head Athletic Therapist at UBC Okanagan.

"We wanted to get the best person available and we had a lot of great applicants," said Rockets President and General Manager Bruce Hamilton.

"To have a person of Scott's calibre come back  to our organization is huge for our players and for the relationship we have with our doctors."

After beginning with the Rockets n the 2000-01 WHL season, Hoyer  worked as the Rockets' athletic therapist for six seasons. In 2006-07, he joined the NHL's Edmonton Oilers where he worked for two seasons, before returning to the Okanagan to work at the Pursuit of Excellence Hockey Academy (2008-10) and at the Okanagan Hockey Academy (2010-13).

"I feel fortunate to have another opportunity to work with an organization that has a strong tradition and is committed to winning," said Hoyer. "I am looking forward to working with the Kelowna Rockets players, Bruce Hamilton, the coaches, medical staff and scouting personnel."

Along with his Memorial Cup championship, Hoyer has also won medals with Hockey Canada, working with Team Canada at the 2003 World Junior Hockey Championships in Halifax (silver) as well as winning a gold medal with Canada's Under-18 team at the World U-18 Championships in 2001.

Rockets head coach Ryan Huska, an assistant coach with the Rockets during Hoyer's first tenure with the Rockets, said it was great to have Hoyer back with the team.

"We are really excited to have Scott re-join our organization," said Huska. "His experiences, both as an athletic therapist and a strength and conditioning coach will be an asset to our staff and to our players."

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