Patrick Bobyn has been named the new General Manager of the Okanagan Rockets.
Bobyn, a Kelowna native, previously spent over seven years with Kelowna Minor Hockey working both as a head coach and as an assistant. He coached at a variety of levels including Bantam Tier 1, Bantam Tier 2, Midget Rep and the Bantam Recreational level. In 2011, he was the recipient of Kelowna Minor Hockey Association’s Most Promising Coach award. Bobyn spent the 2012-2013 season editing game video and tabulating statistics for the Kelowna Rockets of the Western Hockey League. From 2014-16, Bobyn worked for the University of British Columbia Thunderbirds Men’s Hockey team of the CIS in their Hockey Operations Department.
“I am very excited to be joining the Okanagan Rockets as General Manager,” said Bobyn. “I have some pretty big shoes to fill, as both David Michaud and Braeden Pistawka have done a tremendous job building the Okanagan Rockets program. I am honoured to have been given the opportunity and am excited to get started.”
Away from the rink, Bobyn recently obtained his Juris Doctor from the University of British Columbia. Before enrolling in law school Patrick obtained his Masters of Management and Bachelor of Science degree, also from the University of British Columbia. He is currently an articled student at Pushor Mitchell LLP, where he will continue as an Associate when he gets called to the bar in May 2017.
“I am really excited to have Patrick join our Okanagan Rockets staff,” adds Okanagan Rockets Head Coach Eric Blais. “I have known Patrick for well over ten years, and we have always talked about the opportunity of working together one day. So, this addition to our team is really exciting for me. Patrick brings with him passion, knowledge, experience and professionalism that will help bring our program forward with new growth and enthusiasm. He is a quality young man who fits into what we are building here with our program. We have already started to forge forward planning our 2017-2018 season. It is an exciting time for the Okanagan Rockets, and I am looking forward to working with Patrick.”
Looking towards the 2017-18 season, Bobyn was quick to add what he hopes to see with the Rockets. “We want to emphasize development. Last year the Rockets saw four players graduate to junior during the regular season.” While adding that last year's inter-season player movement is not the norm, Bobyn thinks this defines what the Okanagan Rockets program is all about. “We want to see every player that puts on an Okanagan Rockets jersey move to the next level. That is our team's philosophy.”
Bobyn and the Okanagan Rockets will have a busy spring, with the Okanagan Rockets running a Midget Prep Camp from May 22-26, one week before their Spring Identification Camp which is from June 1-4. Both camps will be held at Capital News Centre. For more information on the Midget Prep Camp or the Spring Identification Camp, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.