Dillon Hamaliuk

The Kelowna Rockets traded for forward Dillon Hamaliuk during the off-season in hopes of contending for the 2020 Memorial Cup.

The Rockets will have all three pieces of their draft-day trade with the Seattle Thunderbirds available for opening night after the San Jose Sharks returned forward Dillon Hamaliuk to Kelowna on Tuesday.

The Sharks drafted Hamaliuk in the second round, 55th overall, this June. 

The Rockets had acquired him along with defenceman Jake Lee and goaltender Cole Schwebius from Seattle during this year’s WHL bantam draft.

Last season, Hamaliuk had 26 points (11 goals, 15 assists) in 31 games with Seattle before he was sidelined with a season-ending injury in December.

The Leduc, Alta., product suited up for Team WHL at the Canada Russia Series in November. He was also invited to play at the CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game, but missed the event because of his injury.

Nolan Foote (Tampa Bay), Kaedan Korczak (Vegas) and Sean Comrie (Philadelphia) are still away at NHL training camps.

The Rockets have re-assigned Noah Dorey, 16, to make room on the roster for Hamaliuk. The defenceman had two assists in six preseason games.

The Rockets are to open their Memorial Cup season on Saturday against the Spokane Chiefs. The home opener will also be the Rockets 10th annual Canadian Cancer Society Pink in the Rink game.

Kelowna will wear pink jerseys that feature a special 10-year shoulder patch.

They will be up for auction after the game with the money raised going to the CIBC Run for the Cure. 

Pink, glowing wristbands will be handed out to fans in attendance who are also encouraged to wear pink to the game.

Prizes will be up for grabs for people sporting pink. Tickets are on sale at selectyourtickets.com, at the Prospera Place box office or by phone at 250-762-5050.