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No favourite in WHL semi

Apr 16, 2014 / 4:11 pm

The way Mike Johnston sees it there is no clear cut favourite or underdog heading into the Western Hockey League's Western Conference final. The Portland Winterhawks coach and general manager spoke with Castanet Wednesday while his team was en-route to Kelowna for the opening game of the...

Phelps is out of retirement

Apr 14, 2014 / 12:20 pm

Michael Phelps is coming out of retirement, lured back into the pool by the fun of it and the possibility of swimming at a fifth Olympics in Rio in 2016. The 22-time Olympic medallist will compete for the first time since the 2012 London Games at a meet in Mesa, Ariz., on April 24-26. Bob...

Rockets, Hawks in epic final

Apr 12, 2014 / 9:09 am

It's the final hockey fans in Kelowna and Portland have been waiting for. The Kelowna Rockets and Portland Winterhawks, the top two teams in the Western Conference of the Western Hockey League over the regular season, will meet in the Western Conference final beginning next...

Shanahan takes over Leafs

Apr 11, 2014 / 7:20 am

It's official: Hockey Hall of Fame member and Team Canada Olympian Brendan Shanahan is the newest president of the Toronto Maple Leafs. Shanahan has taken over the role of president and alternate governor of the popular NHL franchise, Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment (MLSE) said in a...

Rockets bring out the brooms

Apr 9, 2014 / 10:00 pm

The Kelowna Rocket made sure there would be no repeat of last year's playoff series with the Seattle Thunderbirds. Kelowna completed a sweep of the T-Birds Wednesday night with a 5-2 win in Seattle advancing to the Western Conference final for the first time since 2009 - the last time they...

The new Captain Canuck

Apr 9, 2014 / 9:27 am

Update 9:30 a.m. Former Vancouver Canucks captain Trevor Linden has been named the team's president of hockey operations. The announcement comes a day after the Canucks fired president and general manager Mike Gillis. Linden played 19 seasons in the NHL, mostly with the Canucks. He...

Wrestling legend dies

Apr 9, 2014 / 7:10 am

World Wrestling Entertainment star James Brian Hellwig, better known as the face-painted "Ultimate Warrior," has died at the age of 54. WWE confirmed Hellwig's death in a statement, saying it was "deeply saddened" by the passing of one of the "most iconic" WWE...
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Rockets hang on, go up 3-0

Apr 8, 2014 / 10:00 pm

Justin Kirkland's power-play goal on a breakaway six minutes into the third stood up as the game winner as the Kelowna Rockets hung on for a 5-4 win over the Seattle Thunderbirds Tuesday. The win gives the Rockets a 3-0 lead in their best-of-seven WHL Western Conference semi-final...

Canucks fire GM Mike Gillis

Apr 8, 2014 / 12:00 pm

Mike Gillis has been let go as president and general manager of the Vancouver Canucks. Despite helping the Canucks to four straight Northwest Division titles, Gillis saw the team miss the playoffs this season for the first time in six years after their loss to Anaheim last night. The Canucks...

No playoffs for the Canucks

Apr 8, 2014 / 6:45 am

The Vancouver Canucks aren't used to this feeling. After five straight playoff appearances — including a Stanley Cup final Game 7 on home ice just three seasons ago — the club's miserable 2013-14 campaign was finally taken off life support Monday. It wasn't pretty on...

OK Rockets off to Telus Cup

Apr 7, 2014 / 12:36 pm

The Okanagan Rockets will be playing for a national championship. For the first time in franchise history, the Rockets will play for the TELUS Cup after winning the Pacific Regional championship over the weekend in Red Deer. The Rockets captured the title with a dramatic 3-2 overtime win over...

Rockets open 2-0 series lead

Apr 5, 2014 / 10:30 pm

The Kelowna Rockets got away with one. After a lacklustre first period the Rockets exploded with three unanswered goals in the second then held on in the third in a 6-3 win over the visiting Seattle Thunderbirds. The win gives the Rockets a 2-0 lead in the best-of-seven series as the teams...

No rust on Rockets game

Apr 3, 2014 / 10:00 pm

The Kelowna Rockets didn't look like a team that had gone six days between games. The Rockets scored twice in the game's opening 4:32 Thursday and cruised to a 6-2 win over the Seattle Thunderbirds in game one of their second round WHL playoff series. Defenceman Damon Severson led the...

Bowey inks pro contract

Apr 3, 2014 / 10:42 am

Safe to say Madison Bowey may pick up the tab for the next team dinner. The Kelowna Rockets captain signed a three-year entry level contract with the NHL's Washington Capitals on Wednesday. Terms of the deal, which begins next season, were not disclosed. Bowey, who turns 19 later...

Morris skips game he loves

Apr 2, 2014 / 1:53 pm

John Morris is stepping away from the sport of curling. Morris curled this past season with John Cotter out of Vernon after leaving perennial Alberta powerhouse Kevin Martin at the end of last season. The combination of Morris at skip and Cotter throwing last stones, was strong all season...

Cooke earns WHL honour

Apr 2, 2014 / 5:00 am

Another honour for Rockets goaltender Jordon Cooke. Having already been named a finalist for WHL goalie of the year and a first team Western Conference all-star, Cooke was named goaltender of the month for March on Tuesday. Cooke was also named goaltender of the month for...

Tortorella: I'm the idiot

Mar 31, 2014 / 7:15 pm

John Tortorella knows the comparisons with Alain Vigneault are inevitable. The two coaches flip flopped jobs after both were fired last summer, with Tortorella taking over the Vancouver Canucks and Vigneault heading to Broadway to lead the New York Rangers. Their first seasons on opposite...

Rockets' tickets available

Mar 31, 2014 / 9:53 am

Tickets for the first two games of the Kelowna Rockets second round Western Hockey League playoff series with Seattle went on sale Monday morning through Select Your Tickets. As they did in the opening round, the Rockets have home ice advantage in this second round series with the...

Rockets, T-Birds open Thurs

Mar 29, 2014 / 10:00 pm

The Kelowna Rockets will play the Seattle Thunderbirds in the second round of the Western Hockey League playoffs, with games one and two in Kelowna on Thursday April 3 and Saturday April 5. Seattle advanced to the second round with a 5-0 win over Everett on Saturday night, winning their series...

Rockets blast off to round 2

Mar 28, 2014 / 11:00 pm

In the absence of Myles Bell fellow 20-year-old Marek Tvrdon stepped up to lead the Kelowna Rockets into the second round of the Western Hockey League playoffs. Bell was injured during a second period collision with Americans forward Beau McCue during game four Wednesday. Photo: Wayne...
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