Bryan Couling Memorial Award
Athletic Team of the Year
Bryan Couling, sports director for CKIQ radio during the late 1970's and 1980's, became known as the "Voice for Sports" in Kelowna. After suffering a debilitating stroke in 1986, Bryan continued to volunteer and keep up with local sports. Bryan, a sportsman's sportsman, always recognized the effort of the athlete, along with the coaches, parents and managers.
Bryan passed away in April of 1997.
- Awarded to the Kelowna based team (amateur or professional) who brought the greatest amount of recognition to Kelowna in 2014.
- Selections are based on the nominated team's achievements/contributions for the year 2015.
- Past information (awards and achievements) may be included, but should primarily be regarding the current award year.
- Finalist selections are based solely on the information in the completed nomination package.
Nominate a deserving team for Athletic Team of the Year. online nomination / pdf nomination
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.
Past Recipients of the Award
2015 - The Kelowna Rockets 2014/2015 Hockey Club
2014 - Okanagan Rockets, Major Midget Hockey Club
2013 - Kelowna Christian School Senior Boys Basketball Team
2012 - Okanagan Mission Secondary School Senior Boys Soccer Team
2011 - Kelowna Senior Secondary School 4A Girls Volleyball Team
2010 - UBC Okanagan Heat Women's Volleyball Team
2009 - UBC Okanagan Heat Women's Volleyball Team
2008 - UBC Okanagan Men' Volleyball Team
2007 - Team Scott
2006 - Team Scott
2005 - Kelowna U14 Boys Soccer Team
2004 - The Kelowna Rockets
2003 - The Kelowna Rockets
2002 - Kelowna Stingers U16 Soccer Team
2001 - KSS Owls Girls Field Hockey Team
2000 - Okanagan Sun
1999 - Kelowna Grizzlies Special Olympic Softball Team
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