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Rockets hit break on winning note

Dec 17, 2014 / 9:00 pm

The Christmas break and the midway point in the WHL season come at the same time for the Kelowna Rockets. Game 36 for the Rockets ended the way most have during the first half of the season - with a Kelowna victory. Justin Kirkland scored twice and added an assist to extend his point streak...

Merkley gets prospects nod

Dec 17, 2014 / 4:24 pm

Kelowna Rockets forward Nick Merkley got an early Christmas present. As expected, Merkley, 17, was named Wednesday to participate in next month's Top Prospects game in St. Catherines, ON. Merkley leads the Western Hockey League in scoring with 10 goals and 53 points in 35 games. He is...

Rockets return to win column

Dec 17, 2014 / 5:00 am

The Kelowna Rockets ended their losing streak at one. Kelowna, on the fourth game of a five game pre-Christmas road trip, dumped the Edmonton Oil Kings 4-1 Tuesday in the Alberta capital. Four different Rockets scored while Jackson Whistle stopped 26 of 27 shots as the Rockets improved to a...

Rockets hit road bump in Calgary

Dec 14, 2014 / 9:00 pm

The Kelowna Rockets Alberta road trip stalled in Calgary Sunday. After opening up with wins in Lethbridge and Medicine Hat the Rockets laid an egg in Calgary, falling 4-1 to the hometown Hitmen. Calgary stymied the Rockets at every turn, holding the league's number two ranked offence to a...

Kobe passes MJ on scoring list

Dec 14, 2014 / 8:30 pm

The Los Angeles Lakers' star Kobe Bryant passed Michael Jordan for third on the NBA's career scoring list Sunday night. Bryant entered the game against the Minnesota Timberwolves needing nine points to pass the icon with whom he is often compared. He got the mark with two free throws...

Newest Rocket nets winner

Dec 13, 2014 / 5:00 am

Gage Quinney's first goal in a Kelowna Rockets uniform stood up as the game winner Friday as the Kelowna Rockets doubled the Medicine Hat Tigers 4-2. It was the Rockets second win in a row on their five game pre-Christmas Alberta road swing. Quinney's goal came at 13:25 of the third...

Rockets complete blockbuster

Dec 10, 2014 / 10:15 pm

The Kelowna Rockets acquired one of the top defencemen in the Western Hockey League in a blockbuster trade with the Prince Albert Raiders Wednesday night. The Rockets sent forward/defenceman Jesse Lees and forward Austin Glover to the Raiders in exchange for defenceman Josh Morrissey and forward...
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Canes take Rockets to brink

Dec 10, 2014 / 9:30 pm

It was a lot closer than the standings suggested is could, or should have been. The Western Hockey League's cellar dwelling Lethbridge Hurricanes too the first overall Kelowna Rockets as far as they could before falling 4-3 in a shootout. The game was played just hours after the...

Gold at Children's Games

Dec 9, 2014 / 3:55 pm

Kelowna won two gold medals at the International Children’s Games (ICG) in Lake Macquarie, Australia and with one day of competition remaining, there is still an opportunity for Kelowna’s 15 competing athletes to bring home a few more. Taryn O’Neill, 14, of Okanagan Athletics...

Rockets Dube launches bears

Dec 6, 2014 / 10:00 pm

Not every painting is a masterpiece and not every hockey game is a classic. Saturday's Kelowna Rockets 1-0 win over the visiting Prince Albert Raiders was highlighted more for the hundreds of teddy bears raised for Kelowna General Hospital than a classic hockey game. Rockets rookie Dillon...

Canada's draw at World Cup

Dec 6, 2014 / 8:20 pm

Anxiety filled the room as members of the Canadian women's soccer team gathered to watch the World Cup draw on TV. All that unease was washed away as soon as they were matched against a familiar opponent. Players clapped and cheered Saturday when Canada was drawn into a group that...

Rockets fall to lowly Cougars

Dec 6, 2014 / 5:00 am

The Kelowna Rockets recent struggles on home ice continued Friday. The Rockets lost for the fourth time in five tries at Prospera Place falling 4-3 to the Prince George Cougars in front of 4,800 fans. The Cougars, who sit ninth in the Western Conference 21 points behind the Rockets, scored...

Rockets snap home losing skid

Dec 3, 2014 / 10:15 pm

There's nothing like an old fashioned goalie fight to amp up the crowd and get the ire of a head coach...especially when the backup is an 18-year-old student playing rec hockey once a week. With more than 11 minutes left in the third a scrum developed at the Saskatoon blueline after Nick...

Rockets move Heffley for pick

Dec 2, 2014 / 4:12 pm

The Kelowna Rockets made a move Tuesday which opens the door for a future trade or signing. The Rockets have sent 20-year-old forward Colton Heffley to the Prince Albert Raiders for a 4th round pick in the 2016 Bantam Draft. The trade leaves the Rockets with two overage players, defenceman...

Stroke sends Howe back to ICU

Dec 2, 2014 / 12:30 pm

Hockey Hall of Famer Gordie Howe has suffered his third stroke since late October and was hospitalized early this week, his daughter said Tuesday. Cathy Purnell said her father suffered a "significant stroke" on Monday. Howe was stable and "a little bit alert" Tuesday...

Rockets invited to selection camp

Dec 1, 2014 / 9:45 am

Two members of the Kelowna Rockets could be representing Canada at the World Junior Hockey Championships later this month. Captain Madison Bowey and leading WHL scorer Rourke Chartier have both been invited to attend the team’s selection camp in Toronto, beginning Dec. 11. The...

Calgary Grey Cup champs

Nov 30, 2014 / 6:42 pm

Bo Levi Mitchell carried the Calgary Stampeders to a Grey Cup title Sunday. Mitchell threw for 334 yards as Calgary held on for a thrilling 20-16 win over the Hamilton Tiger-Cats at B.C. Place. The six-foot-two, 196-pound Texan was calm and precise on the field, completing 25-of-34 passes in his...

Rockets lackluster in loss to Pats

Nov 29, 2014 / 10:00 pm

The quiet dim emanating from inside the Kelowna Rockets dressing room spoke volumes. The Rockets had just left the ice following their poorest performance on home ice this season, a 3-1 loss to the visiting Regina Pats. The Pats, at the end of a five game BC Division road trip outworked the...

Teams ready for Grey Cup

Nov 29, 2014 / 8:35 pm

Demonte Bolden was reduced to tears Saturday. The Calgary Stampeders' towering six-foot-five, 285-pound defensive tackle admits he broke down a little bit after being told he'll start Sunday in the Grey Cup game against the Hamilton Tiger-Cats at BC Place Stadium. The 29-year-old...

Stamps up for cat fight

Nov 29, 2014 / 3:30 pm

The last two seasons have ended in bitter disappointment for the Calgary Stampeders. A loss to the Toronto Argonauts in the 2012 Grey Cup was followed up by last season's defeat in the West Division final against the Saskatchewan. But all that hurt will be wiped away if Calgary can walk...
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