The Okanagan Rockets figure to have added a big part of their defence when they committed to 1998 born Noah Turanski at the clubs evaluation camp. "Big" being both literally and figuratively.
The tale of the tape on Turnaski is impressive at 6'4" tall and 220 pounds, but more than anything, the Rockets brass feel that they have a prospect who can play a large role in defending their BCMML and Pacific Region titles.
"Obviously the size of Noah is the 1st thing that catches your eye on the ice" said Rockets general manager David Michaud. "Once you get to know him, you realize that this is a young man that is very passionate about the game of hockey, and also getting better each and every day."
Turnanski attended the Rockets Evaluation Camp last season and was let go. This year, Michaud wasn't about to let that happen again. "I've been watching Noah for a few seasons now, and the timing was right to bring him into the fold this year. I got a chance to watch him extensively at the Penticton Vees spring camp, and I was so impressed with how he competed against the older players. Noah has come a long way since I began watching him in Bantam. We were thrilled that he wanted to be a part of our program."
Turanski was selected in the 2013 WHL Bantam Draft by the Prince Albert Raiders, and having Turanksi return to the Rockets is no for gone conclusion. "I've chatted with Bruno Campese about Noah and he will have an excellent chance to make that hockey club. He is certainly in the mix for the Raiders to earn a spot as a younger player. If we see him back, it will be a huge bonus for our hockey club."
Turanski and the Rockets will get back to it the 1st week of September as they play host to their annual Ice Breaker event at the Capital News Centre from September 5th to 7th.