Rockets name defenseman Feist new captain – CHL
Kelowna Rockets president and general manager Bruce Hamilton announced Wednesday that 20-year-old defenseman Tyson Feist has been named the 26th captain in franchise history.
“I am very happy that we are naming Tyson Feist our team captain,” said Hamilton. “He brings great leadership skills to our team this year. I know he has earned the respect of his teammates for his tremendous work ethic. His never back down attitude will spread throughout our team every day they are together.
“He has improved every day since joining our organization. We are all very happy and proud of Tyson, and we can’t wait for him to be our team captain this year. “
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Kelowna did not have a captain last season, choosing instead to use an assistant rotation. New Jersey Devils prospect Nolan Foote was the most recent captain. During the 2019-20 season, he left the Rockets to play in the Devils system last season.
The Rockets have yet to name an assistant captain for the season.
“It’s a huge honor, especially in this organization where there have been a lot of great captains,” said Feist. “To be one of those guys to wear the C and lead the team is a huge honor for me. “
The Dawson Creek, BC product is in his fourth season in the Western Hockey League, playing for the Rockets, Spokane Chiefs and Regina Pats. Kelowna acquired Feist from the Pats in January 2020.
“Tyson exudes leadership and character,” said Rockets head coach Kris Mallette. “He will be a great example for our group, both on and off the ice. “
Feist played 122 regular season games in the WHL, posting 33 points (4G, 29A) and 128 penalty minutes. Last season, he set career records in the Rockets’ cut season, posting ten points (2G, 8A), 18 penalty minutes and a team-leading +15 over / under odds in 14 games.
He recently attended the Arizona Coyotes development camp, earning an invite after going undrafted.
Feist will make his “C” debut on Friday night when the Rockets begin their road season against the Victoria Royals.