A day after their future was made uncertain, the Kelowna Chiefs are set to play out of the Rutland Arena. Reports swirled yesterday after word surfaced that Kelowna Rockets GM Bruce Hamilton hadn't officially given the team permission to play within city limits. That's all been put to bed now, according to Rockets play-by-play man Regan Bartel. Read more here, and note the caveat that gives Hamilton the power to gas the franchise on January 1st of each year if he's not satisfied with the way it's being run.
Fernie has re-worked a trade with the VIJHL's Kerry Park Islanders we first heard about at the end of April. They've sent Zach Fridella (26-13-39 in 49 games last season) to the VIJHL's Kerry Park Islanders. The original trade would have seen Kerry Park's Cole Peterson come to Fernie, but he has instead been sent to the VIJHL champion Peninsula Panthers, who then shipped 19 year-old Tyrell Turgeon to the Ghostriders in what now ends up being a three-team deal. Turgeon finished 7th in the VIJHL in scoring last season with 54 points (24-30). As always, our friends in the Elk Valley have more here.
An update on Troy Mick's departure from Revelstoke. I'd heard unconfirmed reports yesterday he was headed to Kelowna's Pursuit of Excellence academy, that's now been made official. He will serve as their Director of Hockey Operations.
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