The Okanagan Rockets hosted their second annual alumni game on July 27 at the Capital News Centre, continuing a new tradition started last year. The event saw close to 40 alumni partake in the fun-filled game, with Team Black (coached by Jason Williamson and Braeden Pistawka) defeating Team White (coached by Eric Blais and Devon Sandvold) 7-4.
The event was very successful, with close to 100 spectators in the stands watching the alumni compete. Admission was by non-perishable food item donation, and the Okanagan Rockets ended up with an overflowing hockey bag full of food items that they will donate to the Kelowna Food Bank.
“It was great to see so many alumni show up to play hockey for a good cause” said Rockets General Manager Patrick Bobyn. “I think the players really enjoyed reconnecting with old teammates and meeting players from different years. We even had alumni from as early as 2005-2006. “
The Alumni was an event started last season with a focus on recognizing Okanagan Rocket players of past teams, all while giving back to a charitable cause. This was the second year in a row that the team donated food items to the Kelowna Food Bank.
“Whether a player has continued on with hockey after playing for the Rockets or have moved on to pursue education or work, they will always be an Okanagan Rocket” added Bobyn. “The BC Major Midget League is a competitive, highly skilled league, and being good enough to have played in this league is something th
at all Okanagan Rockets past and present should be very proud of.
The Okanagan Rockets would like to thank all alumni who attended the event and all spectators who donated food items. The Rockets would also like to thank Mission Sports, who sponsored the event.