Kelowna Rockets head coach Kris Mallette has inked a multi-year contract extension

Rockets extend Mallette

Kris Mallette will continue at the helm of the Kelowna Rockets for the foreseeable future.

Mallette was named head coach in March of last year after taking over on an interim basis from Adam Foote a month earlier.

Wednesday, Mallette and the team agreed on a multi-year extension.

Terms or length were not disclosed.

"We're in a place where we need a little bit of a culture change and to get back to what we were three or four years ago where Prospera was a place where teams didn't want to play games," said president and GM Bruce Hamilton in announcing the extension.

"I feel Kris is the right person to do that. We're at a great stage in our development for him to continue working with a younger group of players, and lead a team that we feel is going to be very competitive."

in 41 games over two seasons cut short by the pandemic, Mallette has guided the Rockets to a 25-12-3-1 record.

The team finished second in the BC Division during the shortened 2000-2001 season.

"I've been fortunate to have been involved with the Kelowna Rockets organization for the past seven seasons and it's been an absolute privilege," said Mallette.

"My family and I are grateful for the opportunity to continue calling Kelowna home for the next few seasons. I look forward to growing together with this young team and expect big things from this team. Thank you to Bruce and the Hamilton family for the opportunity to continue as the coach of the Kelowna Rockets."

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