The Rockets held their offseason camp from June 12-14

Rockets coach Jason Stephens pleased with summer camp

The Golden Rockets held their summer camp earlier this month and their new head coach was impressed with the talent available to him.

It might seem like hockey season is still eons away but in just a few short months the Golden Rockets will be hitting the ice for the 2015/16 season and the team, and its new head coach Jason Stephens, have already begun preparing.

Stephens got a first, good look at some Rockets veterans, as well as some fresh faces, over the course of a three-day spring camp in Cochrane from June 12-14 that included 35 skaters and eight goalies.

“It was a real mix of players but it was actually a really good camp. It was really competitive,” Stephens said.

Among those participating were several Rockets veterans, including forwards Braeden Allkins, Cole Mckechney, Travis Kelley, Zack Finlay, Ian Desrosier, Tanner Witt and Riley Barnes, defencemen Nic Noseworthy and Sean Ripley and goaltender Mark Becica.

While many of the returning guys participated in just a single day of the three day camp, Stephens said it was helpful for him to get a look at some of the potential veterans that he’ll have at his disposal come this fall.

“I think the returning guys were everything I would hope they would be as a coach and…probably right at the standard of what I’m looking for with players,” Stephens said.

“I was quite happy to see what we’ve got coming back for sure.”

Stephens was also encouraged by the response he has received from many of the team’s veteran leaders, with the group sharing his goals for the future of the organization.

“Players are quite excited about some of the changes that we’ve brought in and some of the things that we are looking to do moving forward,” he said.

Also in attendance were a pair of young players that are familiar to the organization. Both Brendan Sime-Vivian and Jake Gudjonson, affiliated players in 14/15, made good first impressions with Stephens.

“Jake did real well, I like seeing him on the ice. I think he’s got good speed, he’s got a good mind for the game. There’s some question marks that I have for him but definitely bring him back to main camp…you could see he has some definite upside potential,” Stephens said.

“(Sime-Vivian) sort of came into his own by the time Sunday came around…he’s another guy that definitely caught my attention.”

As far as the Rockets’ lineup goes for next season, it’s still too early to know exactly how that will look, such is the reality for teams in Junior B with most players going through tryouts at the Junior A level before committing to KIJHL teams. The Rockets will reconvene in late August for their main training camp, with the exhibition season to follow in early September.

 

Just Posted

RMI funding confirmed for another year

Discussion around how funding allocated needed, says Kimberley mayor

It’s playoff hockey time

Josh Lockhart looks at the first round matchup; Kimberley vs Fernie

Widow of avalanche victim sues Golden Alpine Holiday

Widow of avalanche victim sues several guides, their mountain guide association and the lodge operator for negligence

CP Rail train derailed near Field, B.C.

There was no threat to public safety and no injuries: CP Rail

BC BUDGET: New spaces a step to universal child care

Fees reduced for licensed daycare operators

President praises nearly 1,800 volunteers at B.C. Games

Ashley Wadhwani sits down with the Kamloops 2018 B.C. Winter Games President Niki Remesz

How to keep local news visible in your Facebook feed

Facebook has changed the news feed to emphasize personal connections. You might see less news.

The way government learn someone has died is getting a digital overhaul

Governments in Canada turned to private consultants 2 years ago to offer blueprint

Bobsleigh team misses Olympic medal finish

Canadian team finishes four-man event 0.84 seconds behind first place, 0.31 seconds from podium

B.C. Games: Athletes talk Team Canada at PyeongChang 2018

From Andi Naudie to Evan McEachran there’s an Olympian for every athlete to look up to

Snowboarders sliding into fresh territory at B.C. Games

Athletes hit the slopes for first appearance as an event at the B.C. Winter Games in Kamloops

Looking back at the 1979 B.C. Games: Good memories, even better jackets

39 years later, Kamloops is hosting the Winter Games again, with some volunteers returning

OLYMPICS 101: Oldest and youngest Canadians to reach the podium

This year, Canada sent its most athletes in Winter Games history, here’s a look at record breakers

BCHL Today: Cowichan Caps play spoiler and Nanaimo wins 10th straight game

BCHL Today is a (near) daily look at what’s going on around the league and the junior A world.

Most Read