It is less than a month away from the start of the 2012-2013 Golden Rockets season but plans are well underway to make this a year to remember.
On August 7 some local Rocket hopefuls, along with team president Curt Thorne, held a barbecue at Overwaitea to kick off the season and let people know season tickets are now on sale.
“We are really excited. We have a lot of last year’s players returning, and some local kids coming to try out for the team as well,” Thorne said.
He explained the team has had a busy summer with a number of trades taking place. The Rockets also held a spring camp which saw more than 60 players show what they could do on the ice.
“We had the chance to see a lot of kids and we believe we have brought in some talented players,” Thorne said.
The barbecue was being held to let people know season tickets prices have dropped for this year and also get them excited for the upcoming season.
Ian Desrosiers is one of the local players who is going to try and make the cut with this year’s team.
He has spent most of his life in Golden and is excited about the chance to step into a Rockets jersey on a full-time basis.
“I have been playing minor hockey here forever. I have watched the Rockets every year and I have been hoping to have the chance to play with the Rockets for a while,” he said.
Desrosiers has spent time near the team over the past few seasons as his family has billeted players.
He hopes the experience he has gained watching the players will help him be prepared for the challenges ahead.
“This is fun. I am super excited to play for this team this year,” he said. It is exciting hockey to watch.”
As for the goals heading into the season, Thorne wants the players and team to make a deeper playoff run.
“First round will be a failure in our eyes. We need to get deep into the playoffs. We think we have the team and with the fan support we are going to get we are only going to get better this year,” he said.
Thorne also said that on opening night there will be a tailgate/carnival event happening in the arena parking lot.
There will be many activities for the whole family on September 14 when the Rockets kick off their season against the Columbia Valley Rockies.