The Okanagan Rockets are pleased to announce the promotion of forward Chase Stevenson, who’s been called up to join the West Kelowna Warriors of the BCHL.
The 17-year-old Stevenson was in his second year with the Rockets, and finished third in team scoring last year, with 29 points in 20 games.
After missing the team’s first six games because of a training camp injury this season, Stevenson had registered an impressive 12 points since his return on October 22.
Stevenson was taken in the tenth round of the WHL’s Bantam Draft by the Red Deer Rebels in 2014, and played in the team’s prospect camp this past summer.
He also got a taste of BCHL hockey last season, when he played three games as an affiliate for the Penticton Vees.
He’ll now reunite with former Rockets teammate Jordan Todd, who’s played in nine games with the Warriors so far this year.
Rockets General Manager Braeden Pistawka says the organization is extremely pleased with the decision, as Stevenson joins Jameson Murray as the second Rocket to be called up to play Junior this season.
“Our program is built on developing our players and preparing them for the jump up to Junior hockey. Having Jameson and now Chase get the opportunity only two months into this season is something we are both extremely proud and excited about,” he said. “Chase has spent the last 14 months with our program and no one is more deserving with the effort and focus he brings to the rink every day. We would like to wish him the best of luck in his new endeavour”
The Rockets would like to thank Chase for his contributions to the organization over the past two seasons, and wish him the best as he continues his hockey career.
In corresponding moves, the Rockets have signed two players onto the permanent roster.
16-year-old Palmer Jenkins has been added to the Rockets defence corps, after he got into game action this past weekend against Valley West.
He takes the roster spot left open after Murray’s recall to the Calgary Hitmen.
Replacing Stevenson will be 15-year-old forward Will Reimer, who played two games as an AP with the Rockets last season.