Western Hockey League

Justin Kirkland (Photo: Marissa Baecker/WHL)

Justin Kirkland Hopes Memorial Cup Leads to Breakout Season

Justin Kirkland and the Kelowna Rockets may not have won the Memorial Cup, but he used the tournament to lay the groundwork for next season. The Nashville Predators third-round pick […]

by · June 5, 2015 · 0 comments · Nashville Predators, WHL
KELOWNA, CANADA - MAY 13: The Kelowna Rockets celebrate the WHL Championship title after defeating the Brandon Wheat Kings in four straight games of the final series on May 13, 2015 during game 4 of the WHL final series at Prospera Place in Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada.  (Photo by Marissa Baecker/Shoot the Breeze)  *** Local Caption *** Championship

WHL’s Rockets Fall Short in Memorial Cup Final

• Kelowna Rockets Team Preview • Quebec Remparts 4, Kelowna Rockets 3 • Kelowna Rockets 7, Rimouski Oceanic 3 • Oshawa Generals 2, Kelowna Rockets 1 • Kelowna Rockets 9, Quebec Remparts 3 The […]

by · June 1, 2015 · 0 comments · CHL, WHL
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Josh Morrissey, left, and Madison Bowey, middle, anchor the Kelowna Rockets' blue-line.

Rockets, Generals to Clash Again for Memorial Cup

• Kelowna Rockets Team Preview • Quebec Remparts 4, Kelowna Rockets 3 • Kelowna Rockets 7, Rimouski Oceanic 3 • Oshawa Generals 2, Kelowna Rockets 1   The Kelowna Rockets have been hit-and-miss […]

by · May 30, 2015 · 0 comments · CHL, WHL
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Kelowna Rockets forward Rourke Chartier, who typically centres Nick Merkey, is sidelined by an undisclosed injury suffered on April 28 in a 7-3 road loss to Portland in Game 3 of that third-round series. Chartier is back skating, but his status is questionable heading into the WHL final.

Generals, not Rockets, off to Final at Memorial Cup

• Kelowna Rockets Team Preview • Quebec Remparts 4, Kelowna Rockets 3 • Kelowna Rockets 7, Rimouski Oceanic 3 Ken Appleby and the Oshawa Generals are off to the Memorial Cup final. […]

by · May 26, 2015 · 0 comments · CHL, WHL
KELOWNA, CANADA - MAY 11: Leon Draisaitl #29 of Kelowna Rockets takes a shot on net during first period and scores the opening goal against the Brandon Wheat Kings on May 11, 2015 during game 3 of the WHL final series at Prospera Place in Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada.  (Photo by Marissa Baecker/Shoot the Breeze)  *** Local Caption *** Leon Draisaitl;

Rockets Return to Form at Memorial Cup

• Kelowna Rockets Team Preview • Quebec Remparts 4, Kelowna Rockets 3 The Kelowna Rockets — and captain Madison Bowey — are back on track at the Memorial Cup. After struggling in their tournament […]

by · May 26, 2015 · 0 comments · CHL, WHL
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Josh Morrissey, left, and Madison Bowey, middle, anchor the Kelowna Rockets' blue-line.

Rusty Start for Rockets at Memorial Cup

The Kelowna Rockets didn’t have a strong showing in their Memorial Cup opener. Sure, it came down to the wire with Zachary Fucale making a glove save on his world-junior […]

by · May 23, 2015 · 0 comments · CHL, WHL
KELOWNA, CANADA - MAY 13: The Kelowna Rockets celebrate the WHL Championship title after defeating the Brandon Wheat Kings in four straight games of the final series on May 13, 2015 during game 4 of the WHL final series at Prospera Place in Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada.  (Photo by Marissa Baecker/Shoot the Breeze)  *** Local Caption *** Championship

Memorial Cup Primer: Getting to Know the Kelowna Rockets

The puck is about to drop on the Memorial Cup in Quebec City, with the host Remparts taking on the WHL champion Kelowna Rockets in tonight’s tournament opener. This 10-day […]

by · May 22, 2015 · 0 comments · CHL, WHL
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Kelowna Rockets forward Leon Draisaitl is interviewed by Sportsnet's Gene Principe after being named the WHL's playoff MVP.

Oilers’ Draisaitl Lifts Rockets to WHL Title

Leon Draisaitl for a first-round pick. Yeah, Bruce Hamilton would make that deal again. Every day of the week. Twice on Sunday. It was an unprecedented move when it went […]

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Nolan Patrick of the Brandon Wheat Kings, left, faces off against Tyson Baillie of the Kelowna Rockets during WHL regular-season action in Kelowna on Oct. 25. The Rockets won 6-1 in the only meeting to date between the two teams, but the Wheat Kings will host Game 1 of the WHL championship series in Brandon tonight.

WHL Roundup: Epic final on tap

My one and only prediction for the WHL final: This is going to be epic! On a collision course all season, the Brandon Wheat Kings and Kelowna Rockets will clash […]

by · May 8, 2015 · 0 comments · CHL, WHL
WHL Playoff Predictions: Round 3

WHL Playoff Predictions: Round 3

So far, so good with my WHL playoff predictions. That said, it’s been a pretty predictable post-season thus far. Pick the favourites and you’ve been flawless. Well, unless you considered […]

by · April 23, 2015 · 0 comments · Previews and Predictions, WHL
WHL Playoff Predictions: Round 2

WHL Playoff Predictions: Round 2

The first round of the WHL playoffs went pretty much as expected. With the second round starting Friday, nobody really knows what to expect. The matchups are intriguing and most […]

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Kelowna Rockets forward Rourke Chartier, who typically centres Nick Merkey, is sidelined by an undisclosed injury suffered on April 28 in a 7-3 road loss to Portland in Game 3 of that third-round series. Chartier is back skating, but his status is questionable heading into the WHL final.

WHL Pre-Season Predictions Revisited

It’s getting to that time of the year, where you can look back on your pre-season predictions — for better or worse. Shortly after joining the THW team this fall, I […]

by · March 30, 2015 · 0 comments · Prospects, WHL