Rockets add more size

The Kelowna Rockets made one final move as the 11 a.m. Western Hockey League trade deadline came and went Friday morning.

The Rockets acquired suspended 19-year-old forward Marc McCoy from the Regina Pats.

Kelowna gave up a fifth round bantam selection in 2016.

The 6' 2", 195lb winger had not returned to the Regina organization following the Christmas break.

"He was suspended by Regina because he didn't go back to the team so we are going to talk to Marc and we felt it was a good risk to take," stated Rockets president/GM Bruce Hamilton of the move.

"We wanted to add a bigger player and with our roster at 23, we thought we could add another player."

McCoy was dealt to the Pats just prior to Christmas in 2012 in a deal that included former Rockets Filip Vasko.

In 66 games with the Pats, spanning parts of two seasons, McCoy had nine goals, 10 assists and 89 minutes in penalties.

Over four seasons in the league McCoy amassed 36 points and 171 minutes in penalties in 158 games.

The acquisition of McCoy was the third move made by the Rockets this week.

Earlier, Kelowna acquired overage forward Marek Tvrdon from the Vancouver Giants.

To make room for Tvrdon, Kelowna sent 20-year-old Zach Franko to Kootenay.

Tvrdon could be in the line-up Friday when the Rockets play in Lethbridge in game two of their four game Alberta road trip.

The trip concludes with games in Medicine Hat Saturday and Calgary Sunday.

The Rockets opened the trip falling 4-2 in Edmonton.


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