The Okanagan Rockets announced Friday morning that forward Lucas Cullen would be returning for his 2nd season with the Rockets.
Cullen, a talented 16 year-old forward, spent all of pre-season and the start of the WHL regular season on the Calgary Hitmen’s roster. Calgary just announced that their 95th overall selection in the 2014 WHL Bantam Draft would not be staying with the Hitmen, meaning he will join the Rockets roster for the remainder of the season. “Situations like this are always bitter sweet”, commented Rockets GM Braeden Pistawka, “We’re in this business to promote players to the next level. Having said that, were excited to have such a quality player like Lucas return to help us further the development of everyone in our program.”
Lucas played in two regular season games with the Hitmen but participated in seven pre-season affairs, amassing three goals and one assist for four points, while also being a plus-7. Cullen played in 22 games last season with the Rockets, collecting ten goals and twenty points, to go along with a selection to Team BC for the Canada Winter Games in Prince George.
Along with joining the club as a returning player, Cullen will also be joining captain Shawn Guison and assistant Zach Erhardt as apart of the Rockets leadership group this season, receiving the honour of being an assistant captain. “Lucas represents what being an Okanagan Rocket is all about,” continued Pistawka, “We’re happy to have him be a leader amongst the group.”
In a corresponding move, the Rockets have released 2000-born forward Rayman Bassi with Cullen’s return. Bassi was held off the score sheet in his first four games of the season. The Rockets would like to wish all the best to Rayman and would like to welcome Lucas back to the Okanagan!
The Rockets hit the road this weekend to take on the South Island Royals in Victoria. Game times are set for 4:15 pm on Saturday and 10:00 am Sunday morning. Catch all the action live on playfullscreen.com.
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