From player to coach
Up until last season, the Kelowna Rockets never had three former players behind the bench - as coaches - at the exact same time. Kris Mallette is the head coach.Vernon Fiddler is his assistant and Adam Brown is the goaltending coach.
Brown played 4 seasons after the Rockets plucked him off waivers from the Kitchener Rangers. "I didn't know where Kelowna was. I got my flight. I came up here. Once I saw the city and saw the team and the way it was run, I said there is no way I am going anywhere else."
Brown is the son of Vancouver Canucks assistant coach Newell Brown. "Through the course of my career, he made a point of not getting in the way. Not getting in the way, but stepping in and giving me that extra advantage. He wanted me to make my own path."
Brown was also a member of the 2009 WHL championship team. "There was one practice where Jamie Benn, Ian Duval and I think Colin Long was on that line and it wasn't even fair. It was a 3 on 2 drill, a 2 on 1 drill and I think they scored almost ever time at both ends."
Brown still holds two Rockets records - games played in a career by a goaltender and saves made.