A little over a week is all that separates the Okanagan Rockets from completing their season long "March to Moose Jaw".
Staff and players took a couple well deserved days off last week before getting back at it. With only a few practices to go, anticipation is building.
"The rest was nice, but once it started to sink in that we were heading to Moose Jaw, I think we all just want to get there and get started" said Rockets general manager David Michaud. "The waiting is becoming a little much."
It's been a season to remember for the Rockets and the staff and players alike are hoping there are plenty more good memories to come from a their 1st ever appearance at the Telus Cup. a
The Rockets know they will open up on Monday April 21st against the Quebec league champion, but they don't know who that will be just yet. Chateauguay had a chance to eliminate College Esther-Blondin last night. However, the Phenix had other ideas with a 6-1 win to force a 7th and deciding game.
Regardless of that outcome, Michaud said the Rockets will be prepared for either Quebec team, and the rest of the field for that matter. "We obviously don't get a chance to see an awful lot of these clubs on a regular basis. We are fortunate to have lots of good friends and with that, we will be well prepared. The coaching staff has been pouring over video of our opposition and we will be ready to go."
Despite never making an appearance at the Telus Cup before, Michaud said the Rockets have been fortunate to speak with lots of people in hockey who have. "The Telus Cup is a grind, to play in the championship final means 7 games in 7 days, the biggest feedback we have been given is to keep our players rested. If there is a chance in the day to get them some extra down time, take advantage of it.