Draft finds Thomson, Foote

UPDATE 8:15 p.m.

The career hockey paths of brothers Cal and Nolan Foote continue to align.

In 2013, the Kelowna Rockets selected defenceman Cal in the second round of the WHL bantam draft. Two years later, brother Nolan, a forward, as nabbed by the Rockets, also in the second round of the draft.

Fast forward to Friday night, where the younger Foote was taken by the Tampa Bay Lightning in the first round of the NHL draft, 27th overall.

As luck, or fate would have it, it's the same Lightning team that drafted Cal two years earlier.

Following his selection Friday, Nolan Foote was almost speechless, saying it was great to play with his brother for two years in Kelowna, and hopefully, they'll have a chance to do it again in the NHL.

Father Adam, also a first round NHL draft choice, 22nd overall in 1989, who was at the draft in Vancouver, was named head coach of the Rockets early this past season.

Could it be the stars align again and the older Foote gets a coaching gig in Tampa sometime down the road?

Nolan Foote led the Rockets in goals this past season with 36 and was second to Kyle Topping in points with 63.

ORIGINAL: 7:20 p.m.

Defenceman Lassi Thomson knows where his long-term future lies.

Thomson, a Finnish native, was taken 19th overall by the Ottawa Senators in Friday's NHL draft.

Now, Kelowna Rockets president and GM Bruce Hamilton hopes there's a change of heart as to his short-term future.

Thomson was a key part of the Rockets blue line this past season.

He led all rookie defencemen in scoring last season with 17 goals and 24 assists in 63 games.

He was named Rockets rookie of the year, and was runner-up in voting for WHL rookie of the year.

Thomson is seen as a key cog for the Rockets, who will host the Memorial Cup next season.

However, in May, Finnish based scout Lassi Alanen tweeted Thomson would forgo a second season with the Rockets, and instead play for his hometown team in Finland.

Hamilton has said he hopes the team that drafts Thomson will be able to convince him to return to the Rockets for next season.

When asked on the draft floor about Thomson's immediate future, Senators GM Pierre Dorion said they would support Thomson regardless where he wants to play next season.

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