A pair of Vernon products will wear letters for the coming B.C. Major Midget Hockey League season with the Okanagan Rockets.
Mat Lambert and Mac Ferner were named alternate captains along with Mitchell Cook of Kelowna. Ferner is the son of former Vernon Viper head coach Mark Ferner, now with the WHL Everett Silvertips.
Returning captain Josh Ellis will once again wear the C for the Rockets. Ellis posted 29 points while playing in all 40 games last season.
“Obviously being new to the program this season, I relied heavily on what I learned about Josh. After speaking to others involved from last year, it was a no-brainer to put the captaincy back on Josh,” said Rockets’ head coach James Eccles.
“Having Mat and Mitch back this season means a lot to our club. They are the only 17-year-olds we have and we felt that they would be a great support system for Josh. Mackenzie Ferner has really impressed me with his leadership qualities since arriving back from camp with the Kamloops Blazers.”
The Rockets split their weekend series (2-3, 4-2) with the Greater Vancouver Canadians last weekend at the Capital News Centre.