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'04 Rockets enshrined in B.C. Hockey Hall of Fame

The Kelowna Rockets of 2004 have been inducted into the B.C. Hockey Hall of Fame - Kelowna Rockets
The Kelowna Rockets of 2004 have been inducted into the B.C. Hockey Hall of Fame
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A decade after the defining moment in club history, the 2004 Kelowna Rockets have earned a permanent place in B.C. sports history.

The Memorial Cup Champion Rockets were inducted into the B.C. Hockey Hal of Fame Friday night in Penticton.
The Rockets were enshrined into the hall alongside former Vancouver Canucks standout Kirk McLean and longtime NHLer and WHL star Pat Price of Nelson.
The Rockets went undefeated in four games at the 2004 Memorial Cup Championship becoming just the third WHL team to host and the event.
The team was also the WHL regular season champions that year.
Defenceman Shea Weber (Sicamous) was a tournament all star, goalie Kelly Guard (Prince Albert, SK) was named MVP and Josh Gorges (Kelowna) was winner of the Most Sportsmanlike Player.
Behind the bench, Marc Habscheid was joined on staff by future head coach and now Adirondack Flames head coach Ryan Huska as well as longtime Rockets goalie coach Kim Dillabaugh, now a full time goalie coach with the LA Kings.
Along with Weber and Gorges, the blueline also featured rookie Kyle Cumiskey as well as stalwarts Mike Card and Brett Palin.

In net, Guard's 13 shutouts in the regular season remains a WHL record.

Up front it was a well-balanced crew with nine Rockets scoring at least 10 goals. Randall Gelech led the team in scoring while other forwards included Blake Comeau, Justin Keller, Tyler Spurgeon and Troy Bodie.

Heading into the Memorial Cup, only two other teams had hosted and won the event. In front of sellout crowds all week in Kelowna, the Rockets won three straight games in the round robin by a combined 7-2 score before beating Gatineau 2-1 in the championship game.

 

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