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Ralph joins Rockets

Takes over as Kelowna's head coach
By Gregg Drinnan
August 4, 2015 12:10 A.M.
Brad Ralph

Brad Ralph is the new head coach of the WHL’s Kelowna Rockets.
Ralph, 34, is a native of Ottawa, who spent 2014-15 as the head coach of the ECHL’s Idaho Steelheads.
Following the end of his playing career, Ralph spent two seasons as head coach of the Southern Professional Hockey League’s Augusta RiverHawks. He was the SPHL’s coach of the year for 2010-11.
Ralph signed on as Idaho’s head coach and director of hockey operations on June 24, 2012.
The Rockets had been looking for a head coach since July 6 when Dan Lambert resigned after one season in the position. Lambert, now an assistant coach with the NHL’s Buffalo Sabres, had spent five seasons as an assistant under then-Kelowna head coach Ryan Huska.
Under Lambert, the Rockets won the WHL championship, but lost 2-1 in OT to the Oshawa Generals in the Memorial Cup tournament’s final game.
Before the search for a new head coach began, Kelowna president and general manager Bruce Hamilton had said neither assistant coach -- Kris Mallette nor Travis Crickard -- would be considered. Both men are preparing for their second seasons as assistant coaches with the Rockets.

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