The Kelowna Rockets are pleased to announce that the NHL’s Detroit Red Wings will hold an open practice at Prospera Place in Kelowna on Wednesday, March 17 as part of a three day stay in Kelowna.
Canada’s Olympic head coach and Detroit bench boss Mike Babcock and the rest of the Red Wings will be stopping in Kelowna due to a four-day break between its games in Calgary on March 15 and in Edmonton on March 19. Players will be in Kelowna for three days while the team has scheduled two practices. The public will be able to watch one of the practices while the other will be closed to the public.
The open practice will be held from 11 a.m. to noon on March 17. Doors will open at 10 a.m. and the Kelowna Food Bank will be on hand to accept donations as admission to the event. Joining members of the food bank will be students from Okanagan College’s Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE) program who will receive course credits for helping out.
“The Red Wings contacted us about coming in because it didn’t make sense for them to go back to Detroit,” said Rockets’ President and G.M. Bruce Hamilton. “We felt it was a great opportunity to have them in Kelowna. It’s another event that is in our building and we’re looking forward to it.”
The Red Wings connection to the Okanagan is well known. Red Wings general manager Ken Holland is a Vernon native while Former Kelowna Rockets assistant coach Jeff Finley is a scout for the Red Wings and lives in Kelowna. Gold medal head coach Mike Babcock played for the Kelowna Wings in the 1982-83 WHL season.NHL's Detroit Red Wings to hold open practice in Kelowna