The Okanagan Rockets will welcome 15 year forward Lucas Cullen back to the line-up this weekend as they play a home and home set with the Kamloops based Thompson Blazers.
Cullen has 5 points on 3 goals and 2 assists in just 4 games this season.
Cullen was injured on Sunday October 5th when he crashed hard into the end boards behind the Vancouver NW Giants goal.
Cullen has spent the past 6 weeks working hard on getting back into the Rockets line-up.
"It's been a process for Lucas, and I know it's tested his patience" said Rockets general manager David Michaud. "We have taken a cautious approach to this as we wanted to make sure Lucas wasn't going to suffer any set backs with the injury, there was no sense in rushing back. It's a long season and lots of big hockey coming up for our club."
Cullen, a draft pick of the Calgary Hitmen this past spring adds an element of offence and grit to the Rockets line-up.
"I think the benefit of having Lucas back in our line-up is two fold, he obviously adds some skill back to our forward crops, but his work ethic and tenacity is contagious. Lucas makes players around him work harder."
Cullen's return to the line-up comes at a great time for him on a personal level. Team BC staff are hard at work on their final evaluations and Cullen is certainly on their radar. "I know how important having the opportunity to play in the Canada Winter Games are for Lucas" said Michaud. "But there was no sense in rushing back and playing at only 75%, this will give him the best opportunity to show well for himself and earn his way onto that club."
Cullen makes his return to the line-up Saturday morning at the Interior Savings Centre in Kamloops.