Vernon Fiddler played for the Kelowna Rockets from 1997 to 2001. He went undrafted but ended up playing in over 800 NHL games. File photo

Ex-Rocket joins Kelowna coaching staff

Vernon Fiddler played for the Rockets from 1997-2001, now joins as assistant coach

The Kelowna Rockets have brought back one of their alum as a new assistant coach.

Vernon Fiddler will join the Rockets’ coaching staff this upcoming season along side head coach Adam Foote, who played against Fiddler during their NHL careers.

Rockets’ general manager announced the move Wednesday morning, and Fiddler said he’s looking forward to re-joining the Kelowna franchise.

“I’m really grateful for the opportunity that Bruce has given me,” said Fiddler.

“In 1997 he gave me the chance to play junior hockey and that’s how I’m looking at this opportunity again, it’s kind of like déjà vu for me. I’m really excited to work with Adam Foote and (assistant coach) Kris Mallette on the bench.”

Fiddler played for Kelowna from 1997-2001 and banked 200 games with the Rockets before moving on to the NHL. Fiddler is one of only two players ever to go undrafted into the NHL and play more than 800 games.

READ MORE: NHLer packed charity game raises $212,000 for Kelowna’s JoeAnna’s House

READ MORE: Okanagan FC add two wins after challenging road trip

Fiddler was an organizational coach with the Dallas Stars this past season, helping with skills and development with Dallas. He was well known for his defensive play, which is something the Rockets will look for him to impart with Kelowna’s young core.

“I’m excited for our staff, but more importantly our players,” said coach Foote. “In my opinion, from the years I played against Fiddler I thought he had a really high hockey IQ and I loved how he played with confidence.”

“He brings wisdom and years of his experience that our players have not had that in the forward position that can help teach them. I feel we’re very fortunate to have a guy of this level on our team.”

READ MORE: Ex-Rocket Fiddler calls it a career

During his 14 seasons in the NHL , Fiddler totalled 261 points in 877 games and looks to make an immediate impact for the Rockets on their Memorial Cup run this season.

“From the things I’ve learned over the years and to develop into an NHL player I think that I can help these young guys,” said Fiddler.

To report a typo, email:
newstips@kelownacapnews.com
.


@KelownaCapNews
newstips@kelownacapnews.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

Just Posted

Rutland’s annual Christmas light-up brings the community together

The event is being held from 1 to 6 p.m. at Plazza 33 and Roxy Square

Chris Griffin to headline Cool Ranch Comedy’s last show of the year

The event will take place at Fernando’s Pub on Dec. 11

Rockets extend point streak to eight games with shootout win over Blades

Rockets’ Ethan Ernst scored the shootout winner

Brain injury from domestic abuse a ‘public health crisis,’ says B.C. researcher

Nearly 80% of the domestic violence victims who reported to police last year were woman

More childcare spaces coming for Kelowna families

The provincial government stated that additional funding will create 68 more spaces in the Okanagan

VIDEO: SNL skewers Trudeau’s mockery of Trump in high school cafeteria sketch

The three world leaders won’t let Trump sit at the cool kids’ table

West Kelowna house fire demonstrates danger posed by candles

West Kelowna Fire Rescue says an unattended candle caused the Sunday afternoon fire.

B.C. universities post $340 million worth of surpluses thanks to international student tuition

Students call for spending as international enrolment produces huge surpluses at many universities

Conservatives urge Morneau to deliver ‘urgent’ fall economic update

Morneau says the first thing the Liberals plan to do is bring in their promised tax cut for the middle class

INFOGRAPHIC: How much money did your local university or college make last year?

B.C. university and colleges posted a combined $340 million surplus in 2018/19

B.C. creates $8.5M organization to improve safety for health care workers

Group will bring together unions, province, health care organizations

Kovrig clings to humour as ‘two Michaels’ near one year in Chinese prison

Their detention is widely viewed as retaliation for Canada’s arrest of Chinese high-tech scion Meng Wanzhou

Slippery sections reported on Okanagan and Shuswap highways

Some sections of the Trans-Canada highway have black ice on them.

Most Read