By: Trevor Miller
The Okanagan Rockets announced a big addition for their club as forward Eli Zummack (00) has committed to play for the Rockets for the 2015/16 season.
The Rockets wrapped up a very successful first ever Spring ID camp a few weeks ago (May 8-10) and have begun to build their roster for the quest to Quispamsis, New Brunswick and the 2016 Telus Cup. Joining the already announced trio of returning players for the 2015/16 season (Zack Erhardt, Lucas Cullen, and Cole Demers) will be 2000 born forward Eli Zummack from Kelowna.
Zummack spent the 2014/15 season with the Pursuit of Excellence’s Bantam Prep and Elite 15’s teams in the Canadian Sport School Hockey League (CSSHL). The 15 year-old played 18 games with POE’s Bantam Prep team, amassing 9 goals and 21 points while playing in 4 games with the E15 squad, finding the back of the net twice and collecting 6 points. Zummack brings
offence as well as a leadership component to the Rockets as the Kelowna native was the captain of the POE Bantam Prep team from last season.
Eli not only impressed the Rockets staff with his play last season but also made an imprint on the scouts and staff of the Red Deer Rebels as the forward was selected in the 2nd round, 36th overall in the WHL Bantam Draft by Red Deer, who will host the 2016 MasterCard Memorial Cup, which will mean good things for Zummack in trying to make the Rebels squad after next season.
The Rockets also tapped into POE for a pair of forwards from their Elite 15 program with the commitments of Matthew Kowalski (99, Vernon, BC) and Ethan Trampuh (99, Smithers, BC).
Kowalski posted 28 goals and added 14 assists in 30 games for the POE Elite 15's. Trampuh added a solid combination of size and skill. The 6'1, 175 pound forward chipped in with 10 goals and 10 assists in 30 games.
"We are really excited about all 3 players we have been able to add. When you start to add it all up, we have really added to our overall skill. The fact that these players have some built in chemistry coming to us from Pursuit is an added bonus." said Rockets general manager David Michaud.
The Rockets will make more commitments as the summer rolls along and I would imagine will have a few of their committed players at their Summer Evaluation Camp that opens up on Friday, August 7th and runs through to Sunday, August 9th at the Capital News Centre.