Since 1995, 55 Kelowna Rockets have heard their names called at the NHL draft, providing them with the chance to open the door to a professional hockey career.
Here are seven players who gave us some memorable draft-day stories.
Scott Hannan was the first Kelowna player to be selected in the first round after the franchise relocated from Tacoma, Wash.
The San Jose Sharks chose the Richmond, B.C., product 23rd in 1997. He took his shutdown role into the pro ranks where he carved out an NHL career that would span 16 seasons and 1,055 regular season games, chipping in with 217 points.
He also helped Canada claim gold at the 2004 World Cup of Hockey.
Travis Moen was drafted by the Calgary Flames 155th overall in 2000, but never played for the team. He earned a contract with the Chicago Blackhawks and was a member of the Anaheim Ducks’ 2004 Stanley Cup team, scoring three game-winning goals during the playoffs.
He suited up for 747 NHL games over 12 seasons, scoring 59 goals and 136 points.
The Nashville Predators scooped up Shea Weber with the 49th pick in ’03. The Sicamous native was captain of the Predators and currently wears the C for the Montreal Canadiens. He has played 925 NHL games to date, adding 534 points (203G, 331A). He’s a six-time all-star and has helped Canada win two Olympic gold medals, a world championship and the World Cup of Hockey.
Troy Bodie defied the odds. He was the 15th last pick in 2004 when the Edmonton Oilers used the 278th choice on the Portage La Prairie, Man., product. He played in 159 NHL games (nearly double that in the AHL) before retiring in 2015.
Tyler Myers was selected with the 12th pick by the Buffalo Sabres at the 2008 draft. The towering defender won the Calder Memorial Trophy as the NHL’s rookie of the year in 2010. He has appeared in 635 NHL games to date, adding 265 points (74G, 191A).
Luke Schenn is the highest-ranking Rocket to have his name called. The Toronto Maple Leafs swung a draft-day deal to select Schenn fifth overall in 2008.
Schenn has played 734 NHL games over 10 seasons with the Leafs, Philadelphia Flyers, L.A. Kings, Anaheim Ducks and Vancouver Canucks. He's scored 30 goals and added 115 assists.
Tyson Barrie is part of a second renaissance in Denver, where he's played his entire pro career with the Colorado Avalanche.
The Avs chose Barrie in the third round, 64th overall, in 2009. Barrie has proven himself a valuable weapon for the Avs. He's three times scored over 50 points, including a career high 14 goals and 45 assists this season (with a goal and seven assists in 12 playoff games).