Kelowna Rockets mark franchise milestone year with commemorative jerseys
KELOWNA – The colour scheme is the same but when the Kelowna Rockets hit the ice this season the team’s jerseys will have a new look.
The logo crests are temporarily changing to mark the franchise’s 25th year in the Western Hockey League.
The stick-wielding Ogopogo monster is taking a one season leave of absence in favour of the crest the team had in its inaugural 1991 season as the Tacoma Rockets and in its first few years in Kelowna.
“I think it doesn’t hurt to go back to something that you started with,” says general manager Bruce Hamilton. You’ll see it’s got the crossed rockets on the shoulders, things like that, very traditional uniform.”
Veteran blue-liner Joe Gatenby approves of the commemorative logos.
“I think the guys are really looking forward to bringing back the throwback jersey. It’s a real honour. It brings a lot of pride knowing all the people who have played in this organization,” says Gatenby.
But jerseys that won’t sport the retro look crest are the red ones that are worn once in a while…
“The red jerseys will still have the monster on it. That’s been a very popular jersey for our organization. It’s winning record is very good so we always keep it around,” says Hamilton.
The first opportunity for fans to check out the 25th anniversary commemorative jerseys is at the season opening exhibition game at home on September 5th.