October 19, 2015 - 11:30 AM
THOMPSON-OKANAGAN - Two Kamloops natives and two Kelowna Rockets will be playing for Team WHL in the 2015 Canadian Hockey League Canada Russia Series next month.
Kamloops natives Ryan Gropp, Seattle Thunderbirds, and Joe Hicketts, Victoria Royals, both made the cut, as did Kelowna Rockets teammates Rourke Chartier of Saskatoon and Nick Merkley of Calgary.
Don Hays of the Blazers has been named an assistant coach for the team while Scott Hoyer of the Rockets and Colin Robinson of the Blazers will take on athletic trainer duties.
The Western Hockey League team will take on Team Russia in game one of the 2015 Super Series in Kelowna on Nov. 9, while game two will take place in Kamloops on Nov. 10.
The series then moves to Ontario Hockey League communities and the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League region for two games each.
This is the 13th straight season the series is set to be played in CHL communities and is considered a showcase of the league’s best players in advance of the 2016 World Junior Championships, which will be played in Finland.
The series previously stopped in Kelowna in 2009 and Kamloops hosted in 2010 and 2006.
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