Kelowna Rockets move to number 2 in Canada
Week three of the Canadian Hockey League (CHL) Top 10 sees the unbeaten Kelowna Rockets move to number two in Canada. The Canadian Hockey League announced the third edition of the BMO CHL Top 10 Rankings for the 2014-15 regular season. The weekly rankings of the Canadian Hockey League’s Top 10 teams are selected by a panel of National Hockey League scouts.
The Kelowna Rockets are second to the top team, Rimouski Oceanic. Other WHL hockey teams making the top 10 include Brandon Wheat Kings in fourth, Medicine Hat Tigers 6th and Everett Silvertips in tenth place.
Last week Kelowna Rockets’ defenceman Madison Bowey was named CHL Player of the Week. Bowey scored two goals and added six assists for eight points while posting a plus-seven rating in three games over the past week, helping the Rockets to three wins in that span. Bowey, a 19-year-old product of Winnipeg, MB, is in his fourth season in the Western Hockey League with the Kelowna Rockets. Bowey photo courtesy of CHL.
The Western Hockey League also announced that the Red Deer Rebels have been selected to host the 2016 MasterCard Memorial Cup. The MasterCard Memorial Cup will be held at the ENMAX Centrium in Red Deer May 19-29, 2016 and will mark the 98th edition of the Canadian Hockey League national championship.
This marks the first time Red Deer has hosted the MasterCard Memorial Cup while the Rebels become the first Alberta-based Club to host the event since 1974. The Rebels were also crowned MasterCard Memorial Cup Champions in 2001.
"The WHL is very confident the Red Deer Rebels, the City of Red Deer and Province of Alberta will serve as outstanding hosts of the 2016 MasterCard Memorial Cup,” says WHL Commissioner Ron Robison. "The strength of the Rebels organization combined with the enthusiasm of the City and the Province will ensure the 2016 event will be one of the best ever.”
“The MasterCard Memorial Cup hasn’t been hosted in Alberta since 1974 and with that the Red Deer Rebels, the City of Red Deer and province of Alberta are tremendously honoured that the governors of our great league have put faith in us hosting the 2016 MasterCard Memorial Cup,” says Rebels Owner, Governor, President, General Manager and Head Coach Brent Sutter. “For all of us, our work is just beginning to stage this prestigious event.”
The 2015 MasterCard Memorial Cup will be hosted by the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League and the Quebec Remparts from May 21 to 31, 2015 in Quebec City, Quebec. The MasterCard Memorial Cup features a four-team round robin format with the host club competing with the Champions from the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League, Ontario Hockey League and the Western Hockey League.
The Western Hockey League has won a total of 19 MasterCard Memorial Cup Championships since its inaugural season in 1966, including: Red Deer Rebels (2001), Kootenay Ice (2002), Kelowna Rockets (2004), Vancouver Giants (2007), Spokane Chiefs (2008) and Edmonton Oil Kings (2014).