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Rockets' season opens at home

The Kelowna Rockets will get the chance to raise a couple of banners in front of their arch rivals.

The Rockets open the 72-game Western Hockey League season on home ice Saturday, Sept 20 when they host the Kamloops Blazers.

Prior to the game the Rockets will raise both the BC Division and WHL regular season championship banners.

Unlike last season when the Rockets went long stretches between games early in the season, this year's schedule is more evenly distributed.

The Rockets only have three instances where they go six or more days between games.

Plus, for the first time in recent memory the Rockets are not scheduled to play three games in three nights at any point during the season.

Saturday remains the most popular home night with 16 games scheduled on Saturday's. Kelowna play 10 Wednesday night games and seven on Friday.

As was the case last year the Rockets will also play a home matinee on BC Family Day Monday, Feb 9.

The schedule is also road heavy to start the season. Kelowna will play 15 of its first 24 and 21 of 36 away from Prospera Place.

They will play division rivals Kamloops 10 times, Prince George nine (5 home, 4 away), Vancouver and Victoria eight times each.

The Rockets close out the regular season Saturday, March 21 against Vancouver.

The pre season schedule has also been released.

Kelowna play six pre season games with just two at Prospera Place - Saturday, Aug 30 against Kamloops and Saturday, Sept 13 against Victoria.

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