The WHL season may have ended for the Kelowna Rockets on Thursday, but for some key players as one bench door closes, another one opens.
For some that means continuing the chase their hockey dreams, for others it means cashing in on their WHL Scholarship at post secondary education, and some may even begin working full-time and begin their lives.
Kole Lind and three other Rocket grads are looking forward to their professional careers.
Lind, a second-round selection of the Vancouver Canucks back in June, just signed a three-year entry level contract with Utica, the Canucks farm team in the American Hockey League.
Rocket teammates Dillon Dube, property of the Calgary Flames, Carsen Twarynski who’s rights are owned by Philadelphia and Cal Foote with aspirations to crack the Tampa Bay line-up, are all eager to move to the bigs.
The Kelowna Rockets also bid farewell to overage defenceman and Assistant Captain Gordie Ballhorn, as well as overage defenceman and Assistant Captain James Hilsendage.
Rockets Coaching staff admit with the loss of these four stars as well as Junior grads, they will be a much younger team next season.
Photo: Kevin Bain