Coaches

Head Coach Ryan Huska

shootthebreeze.caRyan Huska enters the 2013-14 WHL season coaching his seventh season as the Rockets head coach and coming off one of the best seasons in Kelowna Rockets history.

In 2012-13 Huska guided the Rockets to the WHL BC Division championship with a 52-16-3-1 record, setting a new franchise record with 52 wins and also setting a Kelowna-record with a 23 game home winning streak.

In his six seasons as head coach, the Rockets have won a WHL championship, placed second at 2009 Memorial Cup and added the BC title last season. His team's have not finished below .500.

Huska is one of the most decorated amateur hockey men in Canada with four Memorial Cup championship rings to his name. He has also won a bronze and silver medal as an assistant coach with Team Canada at the World Junior Hockey Championships.

As a junior player Huska was a centre with the dynasty teams in Kamloops where he won three Memorial Cup championships. He would play 247 career WHL regular season games and 155 playoff games with the Blazers. As a pro he played in the IHL, AHL and also played one game in the NHL with the Chicago Blackhawks.

After retiring as a player, Huska climbed through the coaching ranks with the Rockets beginning in 2002-03 as an assistant coach before becoming the Rockets seventh head coach in history in 2007.

In 2004 in Kelowna, he earned his fourth Memorial Cup and first as a coach when he was an assistant to Marc Habscheid when the Rockets won the Memorial Cup. In 2008-09 he guided the Rockets to a WHL banner and a Memorial Cup appearance as a head coach.

Born in Cranbrook, he and his wife Denise have two daughters and a son.

Assistant Coach Dan Lambert

The 2013-14 WHL campaign is Dan Lambert's fifth season as a Kelowna Rockets' assistant coach. A highly skilled defenceman, Lambert is a Memorial Cup champion and longtime professional defenceman having played 19 years of pro hockey in North America and Europe.

Lambert was a key cog in Swift Current Broncos championship teams and is a member of the Saskatchewan Hall of Fame as a member of the 1989 Memorial Cup champion Broncos. The team is also in the Swift Current Broncos Hall of Fame. 

Lambert had over 100 points as a WHL blueliner in one season. He was drafted by the Quebec Nordiques in the sixth round. He had 6-9-15 in 29 career games for the Nordiques. Lambert played 10 years in Germany's DEL, considered Europe's top league.

A skilled golfer, he lives in Kelowna with his wife Melanie and their three daughters.

 

 



Assistant Coach Kim Dillabaugh

A Rockets alumni in both Tacoma and Kelowna, goaltender coach Kim Dillabaugh has been with the Rockets since the 2003-04 season.

Dillabaugh is the owner of a Stanley Cup ring as one of two LA Kings goaltender coaches, in charge of goalie development for the Kings.

Kim lives in Kelowna with his wife Bonnie and they continue to enjoy young daughter Ellie. 

 





Skills Coach Kim Gellert

Orginally from Ontario, Rockets skills coach Kim Gellert has a decorated hockey resume as a former pro player. Now a full-time scout with the NHL's Buffalo Sabres, Gellert first joined the Rockets as a skills instructor 2005-06.

After playing junior in his native Ontario and later at Lake Superior State, Gellert went on to a successful playing career in Italy, scoring more than 700 goals and winning six scoring titles over 16 seasons.

He has lived with his wife and kids in Kelowna since 1995.

 

 

 




Athletic Therapist  Scott Hoyer

Scott Hoyer is in his second stint with the Kelowna Rockets, joining the team for the second time in advance of the 2013-14 WHL season. Hoyer originally worked with the Rockets from 2000 to 2006 before taking a job with the NHL's Edmonton Oilers. After two seasons with the Oilers, Hoyer returned to the Okanagan and worked with private hockey academies the Pursuit of Excellence and then the Okanagan Hockey Academy. Hoyer also has experience with Hockey Canada working the 2003 World Junior Hockey Championships in Halifax (silver) as well as winning a gold medal with Canada's Under-18 team at the World U-18 Championships in 2001