The Kelowna Rockets most recent graduating class is impressive, testimony to the organization's ability to develop elite talent. What this also confirms is the Rockets commitment to provide opportunities for up-and-comers to sports their skill set. Case in point...U.S.-born defenceman Collin Bowman.
Bowman played through a painful shoulder injury during the Rockets' successful playoff run to the 2009 Memorial Cup. He is a determined rearguard, effectively the Rockets #2 defenceman this season behind Colorado Avalanche 3rd round draft pick, Tyson Barrie .
We spoke with Bowman, who is the younger brother of Carolina Hurricanes' prospect Drayson Bowman, prior to the Rockets tilt at Prospera Place against the visting Kamloops Blazers. We spoke about his pre-season injury, his free agent tryout with the Ottawa Senators, and expectations in Kelowna this season.