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Rockets Put the Wraps on 1999 Initation Camp

June 12, 2014

 

The Okanagan Rockets put the wraps on their 1st ever 1999 Initiation Camp on Wednesday evening at the Capital News Centre. 

Nearly 40 1999 born players participated in the week long event that saw the players put through the paces by Rockets head coach Mack O'Rourke.

"It was a great week with lots of tempo and I loved the work ethic we saw from the players" said O'Rourke.

The event was the 1st of it's kind for the Rockets and it's something the club plans to make an annual event said general manager David Michaud.

"I thought it was hugely successful, anytime you can get a collection of talent on the ice learning about what it means to be an Okanagan Rocket, it's a good thing."

The players participated in drills, small area games, and of course some time was left for scrimmages.

When the camp opened, players and parents were treated to a visit from former Okanagan Rockets captain, and current national champion Josh Ellis of the Yorkton Terriers.

"I love coming back and being a part of this program.  Being an Okanagan Rocket was a great experience for me, and if I can help a young player know what it was all about, I'm happy to share my story." said Ellis.

The Rockets staff will go into summer mode for a few weeks before taking to the ice on June 28th with their annual "Prep Camp".  The camp will run in two, one week sessions leading into the Okanagan Rockets Evaluation Camp that starts on August 8th.  The prep camp is open to any player who has played rep hockey in the 1999, 1998, and 1997 age groups.

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