The Kelowna Rockets made their second move in as many days Monday, acquiring forward Ryan Bowen (1998) from the Lethbridge Hurricanes in exchange for an eighth-round draft pick in the 2019 Western Hockey League Bantam Draft.
Bowen, a 6-foot-3, 175-pound product of Chilliwack, B.C. had six points (1G-5A) in 13 games with the Hurricanes this season.
Drafted by the Moose Jaw Warriors in the fifth round, 95th overall, of the 2013 WHL Bantam Draft, Bowen has played in 143 career WHL games, tallying 57 points (21G-36A), including five power-play goals, one short-handed goal and four game-winning goals.
“We traded for Bowen’s rights and we’re working to see if we can get him here, but it looks like he may play junior A this year,” Rockets president and general manager Bruce Hamilton said. “But he’s a prospect that we will certainly have as an affiliate player and we’ll try to get him in eventually.”
Bowen also has 23 games of WHL playoff experience, recording three points (2G-1A) and four penalty minutes in that time frame.
Ryan is the older brother of Ethan Bowen, Kelowna’s second round draft pick, 39th overall, in the 2017 WHL Bantam Draft. The young Bowen earned a gold medal at the 2017 WHL Cup with British Columbia.
The Rockets are next in action Wednesday, January 10 (7:05 p.m. PST) as they welcome the Spokane Chiefs to town.