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Bowey inks pro contract

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 this month, was taken in the second round, 53 overall, by the Capitals in last year's entry draft.

This past regular season Bowey became the first Rockets' defenceman in franchise history to break the 20 goal barrier.

He finished the season with 21 goals and 60 points in 72 regular season games.

Over his three year career with the Rockets Bowey has 41 goals and 112 points in 201 games.

Bowey is eligible to play two more seasons with the Rockets.

If he does not crack the Capitals roster next season he must be returned to the Rockets.

Bowey and the Rockets open round two of the Western Hockey League playoffs tonight (Thursday) at Prospera Place when they take on the Seattle Thunderbirds.

Game two in the series goes Saturday, also at Prospera Place.

This is the second straight year the Rockets and T-Birds have met in the post season.

Last year, the T-Birds won the first three games before the Rockets came back to win in seven.

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