2015 Bryan Couling Athletic Team of the Year Award Recipient
The Kelowna Rockets 2014/2015 Hockey Team
After staying in the top 10 in the Canadian Hockey League throughout the 2014-15 season, the Kelowna Rockets capped off the season by winning the Western Hockey League division in a three game sweep against the Brandon Wheat Kings, earning a berth at the 2015 Memorial Cup. Although they bulldozed the Quebec Ramparts in the semi finals, they lost to the Oshawa Generals in the final game, placing second in the annual national tournament.
During the regular season, more than a quarter of a million tickets were sold. Several games were televised locally on Shaw with nine more broadcast nationally on Sportsnet. An estimated 759,000 watched the televised Memorial Cup game.
Revenue from 50/50 tickets sold at Rockets games resulted in more than $250,000 for the Kelowna Minor Hockey Association. Players worked hard both on and off the ice, with more than 70 appearances at local schools, minor hockey practices and community events.
Two of the Rockets were chosen for the 2015 World Junior team. They also had players named MVP at the Memorial Cup and the Most Sportsmanlike player award in Canada from the CHL.