It felt like Christmas in April, when Head Coach and General Manager Taylor Harnett went to make the 7th overall selection of the 2020 MJHL Draft. After a run of six consecutive forwards at the top of the draft, the Wolverines had the opportunity to take the first defenseman of the draft, Kurt Rookes.
Rookes, the son of Mike and Leanne, was watching the draft with his family on their farm in Manson when he learned the Wolverines secured his rights. “When I saw my name picked, it was a very happy moment for my family, and I. Everybody was excited I got picked by such a great organization.”
Kurt is the youngest of three boys within his family, and being selected by the Wolverines has set up a potential rivalry with his older brother Bray. Bray, just finished his rookie season with The Virden Oil Capitals, and Kurt is excited to possibly have the chance of playing against his brother in the MJHL one day. “We have already talked about it. Its exciting knowing that playing against each other is a possibility.
As the Covid-19 pandemic persists, Kurt, who models his complete defensive game after Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Victor Hedman is focused on making the Yellowhead U18 AAA team next season. He has also kept himself busy by working on the farm and doing homework.
The Wolverines would like to Welcome Kurt and his family to our organization.