PHOTO: Lorne White (KelownaNow)
It was a proud day for the Okanagan Rockets organization on Friday as alumni Tyson Jost was drafted 10th overall by the Colorado Avalanche in the 2016 National Hockey League Entry Draft.
Jost, 18, had an outstanding sophomore season in the BCHL with the Penticton Vees, earning BCHL MVP, CJHL Top Forward and MVP & RBC National Player of the Year nods from his 104 point campaign with the Vees. Jost would go on to light up the U18 World Championships in Grand Forks, North Dakota, even topping Connor McDavid’s point record at the tournament. The St. Albert, Alberta native has received numerous amounts of praise from scouts about his character and work ethic and, along with Penticton teammate Dante Fabbro who was drafted 17th overall by the Nashville Predators, have broken down the stigma that players in Junior ‘A’ hockey do not get as much attention as players in Major Junior.
Jost became the 6th Rocket alumni to be drafted, joining the list with Kyle Beach (Chicago Blackhawks), Curtis Gedig (New Jersey Devils), Curtis Hamilton (Edmonton Oilers), Cody Beach (St. Louis Blues) & Jedd Soleway (Arizona Coyotes). Jost is the highest drafted Rocket alumni at 10th overall this year.
The Rockets would like to congratulate Tyson, his family & friends, along with everyone else who has been on his journey to this day. It’s been a very exciting ride over the last few years, following him along through his Junior ‘A’ career and now onto his collegiate career at the University of North Dakota and onward into the National Hockey League.