The Okanagan Rockets are proud members of the BC Major Midget League (the “BCMML”). The BCMML was established in 2004 to provide elite level 15, 16 and 17 year olds an opportunity to play within their own age group at a high level and be developed for the next level of hockey. These teams have an opportunity each year to compete for the National Midget Championship. There are 11 teams in the BCMML, each consisting of players from their specific zone. The Okanagan Rockets make up the “South Okanagan Zone”, with players from Kelowna, Lumby, Penticton, Princeton, South Okanagan, (Oliver, Osoyoos), Summerland, Vernon, Winfield and West Kelowna.
The BCMML consists of 40 league games each season, with 20 home games and 20 away games. The Okanagan Rockets home games are played at the Capital News Centre (“CNC”), where they have their own dressing room. The Rockets hold Three practices each week in the evening at CNC. In addition, the Rockets have access to fitness training (“dryland”) at their discretion with Mission Fitness, located inside the CNC. The Rockets recommended trainer is certified strength and conditioning coach and former pro Hockey Player Travis Martel from Martel Elite Fitness (martellelitefitness.com).
Academically, the Okanagan Rockets can attend any School they choose so the players have the ability to live at home while competing in the most competitive league in BC.
The Okanagan Rockets philosophy is to develop players both in hockey and in life. The Okanagan Rockets set high expectations for their players and demand hard work, discipline and commitment to the Okanagan Rockets program. The Rockets place a strong emphasis on building a “winning culture” in their dressing room, and this means more than just winning hockey games. The Okanagan Rockets ensure that all players on the team exhibit important traits such as integrity, accountability and a “team-first” mentality. In addition, the Okanagan Rockets are expected to be respectful and hard-working students and also volunteer as a team in the community, such as reading to children at the local library, and volunteering at local community events.
Historically, the Rockets have been very successful in the BCMML. The Rockets have won the BCMML championship twice in club history, in 2006 and 2014. The 2013-2014 season proved to be the most successful in Okanagan Rockets history, with the Rockets setting club records for wins, points, and goals-for in the BCMML. The Rockets also claimed the club's first Pacific Regional Championship. The Rockets would go on to claim the bronze medal in their only trip to the National Midget Championship, the Telus Cup.
From academic support, exceptional skill and skating development, off-ice training, and community involvement, the Okanagan Rockets program provides players with an exceptional experience to help players transition from midget hockey to the junior, all while becoming better hockey players and young men.