The Western Hockey League Kelowna Rockets have signed former Vernon Vipers Associate Coach Kris Mallette to a two-year extension through the 2020-2021 season.
Mallette a Rockets Alumni & current Rockets Assistant Coach was an Associate Coach with the Vernon Vipers for one season (2013-14) before leaving the Vipers for the Rockets July 4th 2014.
Mallette was selected 62nd overall in Round 3 at the 1997 NHL Entry Draft by the Philadelphia Flyers played ten years in the Minor Pros with Louisiana, Baton Rouge, Asheville, Elmira, Colorado, Youngstown, Laredo and Flint before starting his coaching career.
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Rockets extend Mallette
April 24, 2019
The Kelowna Rockets are pleased to announce they have signed assistant coach Kris Mallette to a two-year extension through the 2020-2021 season.
Following his pro career, Mallette was an assistant coach at various levels of hockey, he joined the Rockets coaching staff as an assistant coach ahead of the 2014-2015 season. His primary focus has been the team’s defensive units and penalty kill units.
“My family and I are happy to be in Kelowna for another two years,” said Mallette. “I want to thank the Hamilton family for this opportunity to continue and coach with the Rockets during the Memorial Cup season. I’m excited to work with Adam and our staff in preparing our team, specifically our defence and penalty kill for major junior hockey’s biggest stage.”
Mallette, a Rocket Alumni, patrolled the blueline as a stay at home defenceman for the Rockets between 1996 and 1999. The Philadelphia Flyers drafted him in the third round of the 1997 NHL Entry Draft. Mallette then went on to a nine-year professional career before retiring due to injury following the 2008-09 season.
Rockets President/GM Bruce Hamilton said that Mallette’s coaching experience is valuable heading into next season when the team hosts the 2020 Memorial Cup presented by Kia.
“He has earned this opportunity to work the team heading into this season and the Memorial Cup,” said Hamilton. “We’re thrilled to have Kris back on our bench.”