Rockets move D-man Johnston
Oct 3, 2013 / 12:28 pm
As expected, the Kelowna Rockets have dealt overage defenceman MacKenzie Johnston.
The 20-year-old Swift Current native was sent to the Prince Albert Raider sin exchange for a third round pick in the 2015 Bantam draft.
The Rockets had been carrying four 20-year olds, one more than the league maximum.
A move had to be made prior to the Oct 15 deadline.
Johnston played 233 regular season and 18 playoff games with the Rockets over four full seasons.
Over that time, Johnston scored eight times and added 26 assists.
"It was very difficult to move a player like MacKenzie Johnston who has been with us for four full year," says Rockets President/GM, Bruce Hamilton.
"He's been a special person to have around. He's a very popular player. I'm glad he is going to a team that has a chance to win and he's going back to his home province."
Johnston joins a veteran Raiders' team that sits atop the overall Western Hockey League standings with a perfect 5-0 record.
Wednesday's move leaves the Rockets with three overage players in goaltender Jordon Cooke and forwards Zach Franko and Myles Bell.
The Rockets, 3-0-0-1 after four games, play host to the reigning Western Hockey League champion Portland Winterhawks Friday and Saturday at Prospera Place.
Both teams are coming off victories Wednesday. The Rockets doubled up Everett 6-3 while the Winterhawks were 6-4 winners over previously unbeaten Spokane.
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