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The Kelowna Rockets announced today that have released forward Dallon Wilton.

Rockets release Wilton

Dallon Wilton has is officially a free agent.

The Kelowna Rockets announced today that have released forward Dallon Wilton.

The Manitoba native appeared in 46 games for the Rockets last season, posting four points (2G, 2A) and 19 penalty minutes.

Wilton appeared in 110 WHL regular season games, all with the Rockets, posting 13 points (6G, 7A) and 46 penalty minutes.

The 6’2, 218-pound winger was drafted by the Rockets during the 3rd round (No. 47) at the 2016 WHL Bantam Draft.



Kamloops Blazers overager Brodi Stuart to coach after suffering injury

Stuart joins Blazers staff

Brodi Stuart has played his last game with the Kamloops Blazers.

The 20-year-old winger from Langley underwent season-ending surgery last month, the team announced this week, and will spend the potential upcoming Western Hockey League campaign as an assistant coach.

“Brodi had suffered an off-season injury that required surgery and the timeline for his rehab would not allow him to play this season,” Blazers general manager Matt Bardsley said in a press release.

“In discussing with our head coach, Shaun Clouston, we decided to place Brodi on the injured list and ask him to stay with us as an assistant coach for the 2020-2021 season.”

Stuart, a fourth round pick from the 2015 WHL Bantam Draft, played 204 games with the Blazers, notching 115 points.

“Brodi has been a Blazer since he was drafted and has been an integral part of our team in all areas,” stated Bardsley.

“We felt this was a positive way that he could continue with us and assist our coaching staff.”

For Stuart, staying with the hockey club and contributing in a mentorship role is the second-best thing to playing.

“I have thoroughly enjoyed my time with the Blazers and wish I could play my final season of junior hockey,” Stuart said.

“I’m excited and grateful to have the opportunity to stay on this season in an assistant coach role. I’m looking forward to the upcoming season.”



Interior Health says it has been involved in discussions with WHL over return to play plan

IH: WHL plan has merit

Officials with Interior Health have had a chance to look over the Western Hockey League's plan to allow the league's BC Division to return to the ice.

However, chief medical health officer Dr. Albert de Villiers says any decision is ultimately up to Dr. Bonnie Henry.

"We have been involved in the discussion...I have seen the proposal," says de Villiers.

"It is still under discussion, but there has been no decision made."

During her press conference Thursday, Dr. Henry indicated changes to the restrictions currently in place will have to wait a little longer. She indicated places of worship and youth sports could be next to open up, but did not indicate if youth sports includes junior hockey.

"I think they can make it work with the current plan they have in place," said Dr. de Villiers, adding there is potential for it to go forward if it meets Dr. Henry's criteria.

Dr. de Villiers did issue one word of caution.

"There are some concerns from our point of view that it might send a message that certain people can do certain things, and other people can't."

Under the plan before the province, the league would establish hub cities in Kelowna and Kamloops, which each of the five teams playing a modified 24-game schedule.

The remaining 17 WHL teams have already been cleared to play. The Central Division begins play Friday.



Kelowna Rockets overage forward Liam Kindree is a free agent after being waived by the club

Rockets release Kindree

The Kelowna Rockets have settled on the three overage players who will suit up for an abbreviated Western Hockey League season.

The Rockets announced they have waived forward Liam Kindree.

The move means the 21-year-old Kindree is free to sign anywhere.

"It's difficult when you're limited to three overage players," said Rockets president and GM Bruce Hamilton.

"In this case, Liam has been with us for four years and has been a loyal and dedicated Rocket. He worked his heart out and faced a lot of adversity, coming back from a number of injuries that were tough to get through. I feel bad that we aren't allowed to carry four players born in 2000, but we had to make a decision."

Hamilton says the Rockets will do everything they can to help Kindree find a place to play this season.

Kindree was limited to 33 games before undergoing season-ending surgery to repair a broken collarbone. He had eight goals and eight assists over that span.

In 143 games over four seasons, Kindree amassed 23 goals and 55 assists.

The Rockets will go with forwards Dillon Hamaliuk and David Kope and defenceman Sean Comrie as their three overage players.

The league is still in the dark as to when the five BC Division teams will be allowed to play.

A decision on when will be made by provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry.

It could come as early as this week.

The other 17 teams have received permission from their respective health authorities to play a 24 games schedule. The Central Division will begin play this Friday, with teams in the US and Eastern divisions starting up next month.



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