The Rockets roster for the 2015-2016 season is slowly beginning to take shape.
The club announced on Wednesday a trio of commitments from it's first ever Spring ID Camp.
The Rockets have committed to a pair of returning forwards, and a goaltender.
Lucas Cullen and Zack Erhardt have been committed to up front, while Cole Demers will back stop the Rockets in goal for a 2nd season.
Cullen, a member of Team BC at the Canada Winter Games posted 10 goals and 10 assists for 20 points in an injury shortened season last year.
The 16 year old forward has signed with the Calgary Hitmen of the Western Hockey League, and it's expected that he will receive a long look by the club in the fall. Should he return to the Rockets, it will be a significant boost to the club's offensive totals. "Lucas is a player that really leads by example and plays the game with great pace." said Rockets general manager David Michaud. "If we are lucky enough to see Lucas back, it instantly helps us in so many areas, not the least of which is leadership." Cullen was an assistant captain for the club during the 2014-2015 season.
Zach Erhardt will return for a 2nd and final midget season and the Rockets brass is thrilled to have him back in the fold for another season. "Zach is a player that just needs some more time, he's a gifted competitor and having him back in the fold for his 17 year old season provides us with a level of leadership that is tough to find in midget hockey." Erhardt posted 5 goals and added 25 assists for 30 points, while suiting up in all 40 games for the Rockets last season.
Also back for the Rockets will be 16 year old goaltender Cole Demers. "Cole had a tremendous season for us last year as a 15 year old rookie. As an organization, when you take a younger player, you do so with the hope they will grow and develop and Cole has progressed nicely. He has a will and desire to win and compete, and that matches our attitude heading into the new season."
Demers went 11-6-2 with a 2.93 GAA in his first MML campaign and will attend the Salmon Arm Silverbacks main camp in the fall.
The Rockets will have several more exciting commitments to announce in the coming weeks as the process of building the 2015-2016 roster continues. "I really liked our club last year" said Micahud. "If there was something that we need to improve upon, it's our compete level. I think too many times we had a happy to be here sort of attitude, and that is something that needs to change. The players that we have spoke with and committed to all have a competitive streak to them that will hopefully help push us back to the front of the pack."
The Rockets Summer Evaluation Camp will be held at the Capital News Centre from August 7th to 9th. Registration details will be made available at www.okanaganrockets.com.