The Western Hockey League Kelowna Rockets have named former Vernon Vipers Associate Coach Kris Mallette interim head coach.
Mallette a Rockets Alumni & current Rockets Assistant Coach is in his fifth season with the Rockets, was an Associate Coach with the Vernon Vipers (2013-14) 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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This is posted on the Rockets website:
Rockets Release Head Coach Adam Foote, Name Kris Mallette Interim Head Coach
February 19, 2020
by Kelowna Rockets Staff
Kelowna Rockets president and general manager Bruce Hamilton announced today that the Rockets have released head coach Adam Foote from his duties as of Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2020. Assistant coach Kris Mallette has been named Kelowna’s interim head coach.
“The team has struggled since the Christmas break. With fourteen games remaining in the regular season, I felt a change was necessary at this time,” said Hamilton.
The Rockets hired Foote on October 23, 2018. The team had a record of 24-23-6-2 under Foote last season, this year Kelowna is 24-26-2-2.
Mallette is currently in his fifth season as a member of the Rockets coaching staff, he was hired as an assistant coach during the summer of 2014.
His primary focus has been the team’s defensive units and penalty kill units.
The Rockets will be back in action on Friday, February 21 when they visit the island to take on the Victoria Royals in back-to-back games.