Kelowna Rockets to auction off special jerseys meant for special game last season

Rockets auction off jerseys

Fans never got to see the Kelowna Rockets skate in special 'powder blue' jerseys last season as a fundraiser for the Kidney Foundation.

However, you could own one through an auction the club has set up.

The WHL and the Rockets have partnered with RE/MAX of Western Canada for "WHL suits up to promote organ donation in support of local chapters of the Kidney Foundation."

The Rockets were scheduled to wear the special jersey emblazoned with the Hockey Night in Canada logo March 14 against Kamloops, but that game was cancelled due to the pandemic.

The auction, which also includes signed Ron MacLean and Don Cherry bobbleheads, runs through Dec. 3.

Goalie carries Rocket hopes in virtual Memorial Cup tournament

Schwebius goes virtual

Kelowna Rockets goaltender Cole Schwebius will carry the hopes and dreams of his teammates on his shoulders when he represents the team in a virtual Memorial Cup tournament.

Schwebius will be one of 64 players, one from each of the 60 CHL teams plus guest personalities, scheduled to compete in the Memorial eCup presented by KIA.

Kyrell Sopotyk will represent the Kamloops Blazers in the event.

“We are thrilled to launch this property and it only makes sense to do so with an innovative partner in Kia Canada,” said CHL president Dan MacKenzie.

“The growth of gaming and eSports offers a new opportunity to stay better connected with our fans. It is also a fun way to give our players a chance to showcase their skills in a format that many of them enjoy in their spare time.”

The tournament begins on Nov. 18 in a single knockout format. The semi-finals and finals are best-of-three, with the champion crowned Dec. 17.

Players will compete in NHL 21 on the Sony PlayStation 4. All games will be streamed on Facebook Live and Twitch.

The tournament bracket and schedule, plus a list of guest participants and fan prizing information will be released prior to Nov. 28.

A pair of Kelowna Rockets will skate with AJHL teams for the next five weeks

2 Rockets find Jr. A home

Defencemen Jarod Newell and Jake Lee are the latest members of the Kelowna Rockets to find a place to play with the Western Hockey League on pause due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Newell, who suited up for eight games with the Rockets last season, will suit up for the Alberta Junior Hockey League's Camrose Kodiaks through December 20.

The 18-year-old was acquired from Tri-City at this year's trade deadline.

Lee, acquired from Seattle prior to the start of last season, will play for the Whitecourt Wolverines. In 60 games with the Rockets, Lee had five goals and 25 assists.

They are the fifth and sixth members of the Rockets on loan to Junior A teams.

The WHL has granted permission for players to seek a place to play with Junior A, Junior B and under-18 programs, as it awaits the restart of play.

The league expects to begin training camp following the Christmas holiday, with the start of the 2020-2021 season slated to begin Jan. 8.

The WHL is continuing to work with health authorities in all four Western provinces as well as Washington and Oregon states to obtain the necessary approvals to commence play.

Two Kelowna Rockets have been invited to Czech Republic world junior training camp roster

Rockets on world stage

Two more members of the Kelowna Rockets could be off to the 2021 World Junior Hockey championships slated for Edmonton beginning Christmas Day.

Forward Pavel Novak and defenceman Michael Krutil have both been named to the Czech Republic's training camp roster.

Both were selected in the recently completed NHL draft, Novak by Minnesota and Krutil by the Chicago Blackhawks.

Krutil, selected by the Rockets in this year's import draft, has yet to suit up for Kelowna.

Novak, the team's top rookie and scoring champion last year, netted 58 points in 55 games.

He's been playing in the Czech league this season.

The world juniors will be played in a bubble similar to the Stanley Cup playoffs.

Late last month, defenceman Kaedan Korczak was named to Canada's selection camp in Red Deer.

Canada opens the tournament on Boxing Day against Germany while the Czechs face Sweden the same day.

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