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This will be last bantam draft for Kelowna Rockets' Lorne Frey

Rockets' Frey steps aside

A familiar face with the Kelowna Rockets organization is stepping aside.

Kelowna Rockets assistant general manager and director of player personnel Lorne Frey will take a role as senior advisor following Wednesday's WHL Bantam Draft.

"It would be impossible to replace Lorne," said team president and GM Bruce Hamilton. "He was the first employee I hired and has played a key role within the Rockets franchise and with each group of players over the past 29 seasons.
 
"He has been involved in every hockey decision since day one, whether it was coaching staff or players. He has been a very close friend and is one of the most loyal people I know. Throughout the years, we have instilled in our players and staff that 'once a Rocket, always a Rocket' – and that will always be true with Lorne. I want to sincerely thank Lorne for countless hours spent and the commitment he has shown to ensuring we had not only good players on the ice but good people make up our team.
 
"We have a number of scouting staff that have been with us for a long time, one of them will have the opportunity to move up into a head scout position. We will make that decision sometime in the near future. Lorne will remain as a senior advisor, he will look after scouting in Saskatchewan for us and will be hands-on during training camp."
 
Frey, 70, has been with the Rockets organization since its inception in Tacoma in 1991-92. He has twice won the Memorial Cup, first with the Swift Current Broncos in 1989 and then with Kelowna in 2004. 
 
"It's been a great 29 years," said Frey. "One of the great things about this job is that I've been able to do something that I truly love to do, not everyone can say that they enjoy coming to work each day. Bruce and I have been working together for a long time and had some great success. I've said it before and I'll say it again, I wouldn't want to work for anyone else in this league."
   
Frey was honoured with the Western Hockey Leauge’s Distinguished Service Award during the 2010-11 season.



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