Coaches

Head Coach Dan Lambert

Dan Lambert was named head coach of the Kelowna Rockets in June of 2014. The 2013-14 WHL campaign was 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 Kris Mallette

Kris Mallette joined the Kelowna Rockets coaching staff in the summer of 2014. A former hard-nosed Rockets player who played in 152 games with the Rockets, joined the Rockets after five years as an assistant coach at various levels.

After his junior career, Mallette played professionally for nine seasons before retiring and moving onto coaching after the 2008-09 season.

As a coach Mallette was named the KIJHL Coach of the Year as head coach of the North Okanagan Knights (KIJHL) where he spent two seasons before working as an associate head coach of the Vernon Vipers (BCHL) in 2012-13.

Mallette lives in Kelowna with his wife Susie and their two daughters.

Assistant/Goalie Coach  Travis Crickard

Travis Crickard joined the Rockets coaching staff in advance of the 2014-15 Western Hockey Leauge season. A native of St. Johns, Newfoundland, Crickard was a goaltender as a player before moving into coaching when his playing days were over.

Crickard was the head coach of the Ottawa 67's midget AAA program for two years, taking the team as far as a silver medal at the Telus Cup Canadian Midget Championships. He then moved onto the OHL's Ottawa 67's for the 2013-14 season where he was an assistant and goaltender coach.

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