Interview: Bruce Hamilton, Kelowna Rockets (Part 4)

Bruce Hamilton

Bruce Hamilton is best known these days as the owner and general manager of Kelowna Rockets of the Western Hockey League.

Perennially a top team in the WHL, the Rockets have struggled this season to a 12-15-2 record through early December.

What many current WHL followers may not know about is the path Hamilton has traveled to arrive at this juncture in what will be a storied junior hockey career once he steps aside.

DUBNetwork spoke at length with Hamilton at Prospera Place on Nov. 30. The Kelowna Rockets owner and general manager was engaging and informative throughout and offered opinions on many topics.

During this part of the interview, Hamilton spoke briefly to the challenges associated with the action taken against the Portland Winterhawks during the 2012-13 season, and his relationship with that organization.

The hockey landscape has changed for the scouting fraternity (photo credit:

Hamilton also moved on to speak about scouting the “old-fashioned” way and how frequent business travelers and their nomadic lifestyles were tremendously valuable to junior hockey teams.

It would appear that things have certainly changed significantly in recent years with the advent of the many Academy programs and tournaments that are now part of the hockey landscape.

We also discussed some specifics regarding the Rockets roster and the significant impact of the Kelowna market on the Hamilton family.



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