Kelowna Rockets will now open the 2021-2022 WHL season against Vancouver

Rockets new home opener

The Kelowna Rockets will now open the 2020-2021 Western Hockey League season one day earlier than scheduled.

They will now open the season Friday, Oct. 1 at Prospera Place against the Vancouver Giants.

Kelowna was originally scheduled to play Everett, however that game has been postponed as part of a restructuring of the schedule.

Due to ongoing restrictions preventing non-essential travel across the Canada-U.S. border, the league says teams in the US and BC divisions will play within their division exclusively for at least the month of October.

Two other home dates in October remain the same, however the opposition will change.

Kelowna will now host Kamloops Friday, Oct. 15 and Vancouver Saturday, Oct. 30. They were slated to face Spokane and Seattle respectively.

The road schedule remains unchanged with the exception of games in Tri-City and Seattle which have been postponed.

Those games lost have not yet been rescheduled.

Games between BC and US division teams are now scheduled to begin Nov. 3, however that could change depending on the border situation around non-essential travel.

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