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Alumni Spotlight: Tyson Jost, Okanagan Rockets

Friday, December 11, 2015
 
Name:
Tyson Jost
Hometown:
Kelowna, BC
MML Team:
Okanagan Rockets, 2013-2014
BCHL Team:
Penticton Vees, 2014-Present
 
 
Tyson Jost only moved to the Okanagan in 2011, but he has been the talk of the region ever since. Relocating to Kelowna after spending most of his childhood in Fort Saskatchewan, Alberta (a suburb of Edmonton), Jost attended the Pursuit of Excellence Hockey Academy for two (2) seasons before joining the Major Midget League’s (MML) Okanagan Rockets.
 
At Pursuit, the “new kid in town” brought plenty of attention to himself by scoring a total of 195 points (95 goals, 100 assists) in 76 games over his two (2) seasons – a 2.5 point-per-game average in Bantam.
 
After lighting up the goal lamps around the Okanagan at the Bantam level, Jost moved on to the Okanagan Rockets for the 2013-2014 season. As a 15 year old rookie, he led the Rockets to an MML Championship on the strength of 88 points (44 goals, 44 assists) in 36 games. Jost won the league’s scoring title and was named to the All-Star Team, and was also named as the Rockets’ Most Valuable Player. After winning the MML Championship, he led the Rockets into the Pacific Regionals, defeating Alberta’s Red Deer Optimist Chiefs to reach the 2014 TELUS Cup.
 
At the 2014 TELUS Cup in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan, the Rockets took on the Chateauguay Grenadiers (Quebec), Moose Jaw Generals (Saskatchewan), Halifax McDonald’s AAA (Nova Scotia) and Toronto Young Nationals (Ontario), eventually placing third.
 
Said former Rockets Assistant Coach and current General Manager Braeden Pistawka, “During the season, Tyson held all players accountable to his standard and work ethic. He pushed everyone around him to be better and was always a positive influence in the dressing room. Needless to say, Tyson was a leader on and off the ice in what was a very successful season for the Okanagan Rockets organization.”
 
After an earth-shaking season with the Rockets, Jost took his talents an hour south to Penticton – home of the British Columbia Hockey League’s (BCHL) Penticton Vees. Jost didn’t skip a beat making the jump to Junior A, tallying 45 points (23 goals, 22 assists) in 46 games and helping the team to a BCHL Championship, Western Canada Cup, and an RBC Cup appearance.
 
"Obviously Tyson was a special talent when he arrived to our program, but I think his year with us is where he really took the big step in his ability to raise his game to a new level, especially at the most important times,” said David Michaud, former Okanagan Rockets General Manager and current Director of Player Development for the Penticton Vees. “I'm a big believer that the way we leaned on him for leadership is a part of the reason he is such a great captain in Junior hockey, especially considering he's just 17."
 
His hockey career could take him many different places in the years to come, but for next season, Jost will find himself outside of the Okanagan for the first time in five (5) years, as he attends the University of North Dakota.
 
Now in his second season with the Vees, Jost is on the radar of many National Hockey League (NHL) scouts, who have been flocking to the Okanagan to see him and teammate Dante Fabbro in action. Jost and Fabbro are both projected to be first-round picks in the 2016 NHL Draft. Says Pistawka, “Tyson is living proof that hard works gets you everywhere.”
 
The BC Hockey Major Midget League was established in 2004 to provide elite level 15, 16 and 17 year olds an opportunity to play within their own age group at a high level and be developed for the next level of hockey. These teams have an opportunity each year to compete for the National Midget Championship.
 
For more information about the BC Hockey Major Midget League, please visit the League website at www.bcmml.net, follow along on social media at twitter.com/bchockey_mml, or email us at midgethockey@bchockey.net.


 
 

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