Club alums keep tabs on Rockets

TODD SAELHOF -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 2:08 PM ET


 A trip to the Stanley Cup final wasn't the only championship run on the minds of Scott Hannan and Chuck Kobasew.

 The two NHL opponents are keeping tabs on the 2004 Memorial Cup. In particular, they're checking in with their junior hockey alma mater, the Kelowna Rockets.

 "It's good to see that they're doing well," said Kobasew, in his second season with the Calgary Flames after an outstanding 2001-02 season with the Rockets.

 "I'm really excited for the team and for the city. You know, the city's gone through a lot in the last year (with the devastating forest fires) and it's a good thing for the city to help get it back to where it was and even make it better."

 The host Rockets are just a couple of wins away from the Memorial Cup. The winner of tonight's round-robin tilt between the Rockets and WHL champion Medicine Hat Tigers gets a spot in Sunday's final.

 "They'll probably pull out a big game with the fans behind them," said Hannan, who played parts of five seasons (1994-99) with the Rockets. "But it's a bonus. I talked to (GM) Bruce (Hamilton) just a couple of days back. Everything's going good out there. There's a lot of emotion and they're having fun with it."

 San Jose's Mike Rathje is a Medicine Hat Tigers alum.


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