Rookie camp impresses

Kelowna Rockets brass are pleased with this year's rookie camp.

The 2019 camp came to a close Friday, leaving the Rockets management and scouts impressed.

A total of 150 players hit the ice at Prospera Place in hopes of landing a spot in the Rockets' main camp this weekend. 

Assistant GM Lorne Frey says this may have been one of the best rookie camps he's ever seen.

“I’ve been here 30 years, and in all fairness, this might have been the most competitive camp that we’ve ever had,” said Frey. 

“We had an opportunity to see a lot of these players play last year, and obviously things change over the months that you haven’t seen them. Some have grown, they’ve changed dramatically over the four or five months. They’ve grown physically, they’ve gotten quicker and better. This tournament has given us an opportunity to evaluate them a few months later with all of those changes and improvements.

“I think that the class of 2019 turned out better than we had expected, considering that we didn’t have a first-round and were missing a few others. We picked eight kids, and in all honesty, we’re very happy with all eight of them. The later picks have been real surprises for us, guys like Rilen Kovacevic, Max Sanford and Daimon Gardner have all looked great for being later picks.”

On ice sessions for the main camp will today.

The Rockets will open their preseason against the Victoria Royals at Prospera Place on Aug. 30.

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