Golden Rockets begin season with main camp and exhibition games

The Golden Rockets season begins this Friday, August 23 at the Golden Arena with Rockets Main Camp.

Main camp consists of practises, dry-land testing, an information session, games with officials, and exit interviews.

A successful camp weekend will result in the players being billeted and continuing on with the Rockets during the exhibition season. The main camp is open to the public, and everyone is invited to the “Plywood Palace” to check out tomorrow’s Golden Rockets stars.

Main camp games take place on Friday, August 23 at 6:45 p.m., and Saturday, August 24, at 10:15 a.m. and 4:45 p.m.

Rockets watch list:

Ryan Taylor: Golden Rockets

Shoots: Left

Weight: 180 lbs.

Born: 1999

Hometown: Calgary, Alta.

Taylor enters his final season of junior hockey as the longest serving Rocket on the current roster. A Plywood Palace fan favourite, playing with an edge that keeps the opposition honest.

Dante Pietrarca: SSAC Midget AAA, AMHL

Shoots: Left

Height: 5’10”

Weight: 165 lbs.

Born: 2001

Hometown: Edmonton, Alta.

Strong character individual that plays an up-tempo, hard-nosed game.

Dylan Ford: NE Chiefs, BCMML

Shoots: Left

Height: 5’10”

Born: 2001

Weight: 175 lbs.

Hometown: Vancouver, B.C.

Ford averaged .5 points per game over a two-year major midget career. Ford plays an intelligent, physical 200-foot game.

Lare Pahtayken: Cold Lake Wings, WSHL

Shoots: Right

Height: 6’2”

Weight: 185 lbs.

Born: 2003

Hometown: Onion Lake, Sask.

Pahtayken was identified at the Rockets Saskatoon showcase. The young defender will be attending the WHL’s Prince Albert Raiders camp following Rockets main camp weekend.

Home exhibition games begin on Wednesday, August 28 at 7:30 p.m., beginning against the Fernie Ghostriders.

Next, the Rockets play the Columbia Valley Rockies on September 4, the Kimberley Dynamiters on September 7, and the Sicamous Eagles on September 10. All games begin at 7:30 p.m.

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