Former Okanagan Rocket, and BCMML All-Star forward Brett Mennear has committed to join the Bentley Falcons of the NCAA's Atlantic Conference for the 2016 season.
Manner spent two seasons with the Rockets from 2011-2013 before moving on to the BCHL's West Kelowna Warriors for his 17 year old season.
Mennear was a driving force behind the Rockets reaching the BCMML final during the 2012-2013 season. That year, Mennear posted 24 goals and 55 points in 38 regular season games before adding 7 points in 8 playoff games before the Rockets eventually bowed out in game 3 of the championship finals with the NW Giants.
All told, Mennear suited up for 78 games with the Rockets and when he graduated to the BCHL, he left the Rockets as the club's all-time leading scorer with 89 points in 78 games played. Mennear now sit's 3rd on the list behind Salmon Arm's Branden Wagner, and Vernon's Liam Finlay.
In 102 BCHL games, Mennear has notched 14 goals and 33 points for the Warriors.
Rockets general manager David Michaud looks back at Mennear's time with Rockets with appreciation "As a 15 year old, Brett was pretty important for us as we got our program back to respectability, we won 20 games that season, and that was really the building block year that our program turned around, and Brett was a big part of that. He was almost a point per game player as a 15 year old and when we got him back, along with a few others for the following season, I knew they were going to help push our club to the next level."
When looking back at Mennear's greatest attribute, Michaud didn't hesitate. "Brett's work ethic was amongst the highest of any player I've had with the Rockets, he was relentless on and off the ice. I'm very proud of Brett and I'm not surprised that he was able to secure this opportunity for himself."
Mennear will join another former Rocket, and Warrior at Bentley as Max French is a sophomore with the Falcons.