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A face familiar with the organization of the Kelowna Rockets is withdrawing.
Lorne Frey, assistant general manager and personnel manager for the Kelowna Rockets, will assume a position as senior advisor following Wednesday’s WHL bantam draft.
“It would be impossible to replace Lorne,” said team president and general manager Bruce Hamilton. “He was the first employee I hired and has played a key role in the Rockets franchise and with each group of players in the past 29 seasons.
“He has been involved in every hockey decision since day one, whether it be coaches or players. He was a very close friend and one of the most loyal people I know. Over the years, we have instilled in our players and the staff that “once a Rocket, always a Rocket” – and it will always be true with Lorne. I want to sincerely thank Lorne for the countless hours spent and the commitment he showed to make sure we not only have good players on the ice, but good people make up our team.
“We have a number of Scouts who have been with us for a long time, one of whom will have the opportunity to become a Scout Leader. We will make this decision in the near future. Lorne will remain a senior advisor, he will take care of scouting in Saskatchewan for us and will actively participate in training camp. ”
Frey, 70, has been part of the Rockets organization since its inception in Tacoma in 1991-1992. He won the Memorial Cup twice, first with the Swift Current Broncos in 1989, then with Kelowna in 2004.
“It’s been 29 years,” said Frey. “One of the great things about this job is that I was able to do something that I really like to do, not everyone can say that they like coming to work every day. Bruce and I have been working together for a long time and I have had great success. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, I wouldn’t want to work for someone else in this league. ”
Frey received the Distinguished Service Award from Western Hockey Leauge during the 2010-2011 season.