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BLOG: Rockets add Draisaitl to mural wall

by Ryan Frankson /

EDMONTON, AB - There's a new addition to the wall outside the Kelowna Rockets locker room at Prospera Place and you'll definitely recognize him.

The Rockets recently added a portrait of Leon Draisaitl to their mural of past players, paying homage to the now-Oilers forward who suited up in the Okanagan in 2014-15.

Tweet from @Reganrant: .@Drat_29 has really made it as an all-time great of @Kelowna_Rockets with this new portrait outside the dressing room at Prospera Place.

After getting dealt from the Prince Alberta Raiders upon his assignment from the Oilers to the Western Hockey League, the 2014 third-overall NHL draft pick scored 53 points in 32 regular season games with the Rockets.

He then tallied 28 points in 19 playoff games to help Kelowna capture the Ed Chynoweth Cup league championship before winning the Memorial Cup MVP award with seven points in five games.

Unfortunately, the Rockets lost to the Oshawa Generals in the national championship game, but Draisaitl certainly made a lasting impression on the Rockets before moving back to pro hockey in a full-time capacity.

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