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WHL News

WHL pushes back start

Aug 6, 2020 / 1:01 pm

The Western Hockey League has joined the OHL in announcing plans to open the 2020-2021 season in December. The WHL's new target date is Dec. 4. The...

Contingency for 2023 cup?

Jul 10, 2020 / 4:00 am

Could Kelowna play host to the 2023 Memorial Cup? The city will ask council to squirrel away $135,000 just in case. Kelowna was slated to host the CHL...

Rockets nab Czech d-man

Jun 30, 2020 / 10:58 am

The Kelowna Rockets have dipped into the Czech Republic for a defenceman in Tuesday's CHL import draft. The Rockets, selecting 24th among the teams spanning...

New gig for Rocket coach

Jun 24, 2020 / 3:43 pm

Kelowna Rockets head coach Kris Mallette may be doing a bit of moonlighting later in the fall. Mallette, who replaced Adam Foote behind the Kelowna bench near...

WHL eyes Oct. 2 return

Jun 17, 2020 / 2:09 pm

The Western Hockey League is hoping to be able to play a full, 68-game schedule whenever it is allowed to safely return to the ice. The league joined others...

Korczak off to virtual camp

Jun 16, 2020 / 9:00 pm

Kelowna Rocket Kaeden Korczak will take the first step toward a possible spot on Canada's entry at the 2021 World Junior Hockey Championship. The Kelowna...

WHL hopes to follow east

Jun 3, 2020 / 9:00 pm

The Western Hockey League hopes it will be able to follow the lead of the QMJHL, and get back to playing hockey in October. But, October is a long way off, and...

Blazers sign 15-y/o prospect

Jun 2, 2020 / 10:19 am

Less than a month after signing their 2020 first round draft pick, the Blazers have announced they've signed another first round draft pick, this one from...

Rockets ink top bantam pick

May 14, 2020 / 11:51 am

The Kelowna Rockets have secured the WHL playing rights to forward Andrew Cristall. Cristall, the eighth overall selection in last month's WHL bantam draft,...

Blazers goalie aces WHL

May 13, 2020 / 11:15 am

The academic accolades are continuing to come for the Kamloops Blazers. Goalie Dylan Garand has picked up the Daryl K. (Doc) Seaman Memorial Trophy for his...

Topping inks AHL deal

May 12, 2020 / 9:30 am

Former Kelowna Rocket Kyle Topping has found a place to continue his hockey journey - whenever the game starts up again. Topping, 20, signed with the San Jose...

Blazers nab team trophy

May 11, 2020 / 11:45 am

While the Blazers had a solid year on the ice, they've just been recognized for their off-ice efforts. The team has been awarded the WHL Scholastic Team of...

Blazers sign prospect

May 7, 2020 / 2:00 pm

The Kamloops Blazers have signed their first round draft pick from the recent WHL bantam draft. Kaden Hammell has signed with the team, the Blazers announced in...

Frey: I have no regrets

Apr 25, 2020 / 4:00 am

Lorne Frey leaves the Kelowna Rockets after 29 years with the organization with no regrets. Earlier this week Frey, the Rockets head scout, director of players...

Rockets name new head scout

Apr 23, 2020 / 12:00 pm

The Kelowna Rockets have filled some of the shoes left behind following the retirement of Lorne Frey. Frey had served as head scout, director of player...

Blazers nab 10 from draft

Apr 22, 2020 / 4:52 pm

The Kamloops Blazers picked up 10 new potential teammates today (April 22) as part of the WHL bantam draft. The young hockey players, all 14 or 15 years old,...

Rockets find 11 in draft

Apr 22, 2020 / 3:45 pm

UPDATE: 3:45 p.m. Lorne Frey's duties as director of player personnel with the Kelowna Rockets came to an end at the conclusion of the Wednesday's...

Rare top 10 pick for Rockets

Apr 21, 2020 / 3:00 pm

It's a rare occurrence when the Kelowna Rockets get to make a selection in the Top 10 of the WHL's annual bantam draft. They'll get that chance when...

Rockets' Frey steps aside

Apr 21, 2020 / 6:55 am

A familiar face with the Kelowna Rockets organization is stepping aside. Kelowna Rockets assistant general manager and director of player personnel Lorne Frey...

Rockets swing deal

Apr 20, 2020 / 10:00 pm

The cancellation of the Western Hockey League season and uncertainty of what lies ahead hasn't halted the hockey operations side from moving forward....

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