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Draft picks help boost Rockets engines for next season

May 02, 2013 - 10:57 AM

Kelowna Rockets President and General Manager Bruce Hamilton has announced that the Rockets have made a trade at the Western Hockey League Bantam Draft.

The Rockets have acquired the rights to 17-year-old forward Brennan Clark from the Victoria Royals in exchange for a 12th round WHL bantam selection in 2014 as well as a conditional sixth round pick in 2015.

A Kelowna native, Clark played the last two seasons with the West Kelowna Warriors of the BCHL. In 48 games played last season, the 6-foot, 190 pound forward had 17 goals and 7 assists.

The Kelowna Rockets selected a skilled centre with its first pick at the annual Western Hockey League bantam draft being held in Calgary today.

Picking 21st out of 22 teams, Kelowna drafted Cochrane, AB native Dillon Dube, who played last season with the Notre Dame Hounds, bantam AAA team.

"I think he's a dynamic player who has great skill," said Rockets director of scouting Lorne Frey after making the selection. "He's a tremendous skater and he's going to be an exciting player to watch and that's what you want: To put people in the building with exciting players."

Dube had 24 goals and 26 assists for 40 points in 26 games with the bantam Hounds, a team that actually played in the Saskatchewan midget league.

"He's developed quite nicely in Notre Dame and we're quite pleased," said Frey, who is expected to draft up to 11 players today.

The bantam draft is continuing through the day in Calgary.

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