The Okanagan Rockets are extremely proud to announce that captain Eli Zummack has been called up to join the WHL’s Spokane Chiefs on a permanent basis.
Zummack now joins Chase Stevenson (West Kelowna Warriors) and Jameson Murray (Calgary Hitmen) to become the third Rocket who has moved on to play junior hockey this season.
The announcement of this third promotion also elevates the Rockets into unique territory among Midget programs in the country, having graduated three players in the span of a month.
"Our program prides itself first and foremost on the development of hockey players and to see another one of our own make the jump off to junior hockey at this point of the season is something we are extremely proud of" said Rockets GM Braeden Pistawka. "Eli has had a tremendous influence on this program over the last two years. He will always remain one of our family and we know he is in safe hands with the Spokane Chiefs. We would like to wish him the very best moving forward."
The 16-year-old Zummack was playing in his second season with the Rockets, after putting up 52 points in 37 games over the course of last season.
This season, he spent time playing up in the WHL, and also became the first player to be selected to Hockey Canada’s World U-17 Challenge roster directly from midget.
In 10 games with the Rockets this season, he managed to score above last year’s pace, recording 20 points in that span.
Zummack was originally taken 36th overall by the Red Deer Rebels, in the 2015 Bantam Draft.
He was then part of a package that was traded to the Chiefs back in January, as the Rebels acquired Adam Helewka ahead of their Memorial Cup run.
In five games with the Chiefs this season, Zummack has put up a goal and an assist, after scoring three points through seven preseason games with the team.
The Rockets organization would like to thank Eli for his contributions both on and off the ice, and wish him all the best through the remainder of his hockey career.