Basran turning away more than just pucks

The Kelowna Rockets will likely start 17 year-old Roman Basran when the puck drops on a new season.

The rookie goalie has had to overcome many obstacles over the summer.

A torn ACL in his knee in January required surgery and 6 months of rehab.

The Delta, BC resident had to deal with the tragic death of his mother before family friend and former NHL goaltender Ray Emery drowned in July.

Through it all, Basran has dealt with it the best he can, finding mental and emotional relief by playing the game he loves.

"I just have to be happy and never be negative about anything in life. Whether it's on the ice or off the ice, just keep being happy and focus and visualize a lot and you will have success."      

Basran is optimistic heading into the season playing alongside teammate James Porter Junior, saying with a smile on his face, 'We support each other and that makes us the best goaltending duo in the league'.

Like all successful goaltenders, brimming with confidence is never a bad thing.

Roman Basran has it in spades.    

The Rockets open the regular season in Kamloops Friday night. 

AM 1150 has the broadcast at 6:30 pm.