Adam Foote: Impact on Kelowna Rockets no small feat

KELOWNA, B.C. – When Adam Foote and family arrived in the Okanagan Valley a few years ago, it was apparent they would be around for awhile.

The Kelowna Rockets landed defenceman Cal Foote in the second round, 43rdoverall at the 2013 Western Hockey League Bantam Draft. Two years later with the 42ndpick, the Rockets selected forward Nolan Foote.

It would be fair to suggest the elder Foote knows a thing or two about the game.

“Ted Nolan was a player’s coach and Mark Crawford really pushed me,” Foote said when reflecting on who had an impact on his career. “Bob Hartley was a good bench coach and just being around some great leaders like Mike Keane and Patrick Roy.”

If some of that sounds like coach-speak, well…

On Oct. 21, the Rockets relieved then head coach Jason Smith of his duties after the team’s horrid 4-10 start. The next day, general manager Bruce Hamilton announced Adam Foote would take the reins as head coach.

Adam Foote Joins KO Sports

DENVER, CO – Former Avalanche defenseman, team captain and coaching consultant Adam Foote has joined Denver-based NHL player-agency KO Sports Inc. as director of player development. Foote, 46, has done a sensational job of developing his two teenage sons, and now looks to mentor others in how to prepare for the NHL and make the most out of a career.

Callan Foote following in father’s footsteps

Callan Foote of Kelowna of the Western Hockey League, one of the top defensemen eligible for the 2017 NHL Draft, stands out for a number of reasons.
But the No. 1 thing people seem to notice about him are his feet.
“He’s got something like size 16 or 17 feet, so he’s working into those,” Kelowna assistant general manager Lorne Frey said.
Said Colorado Avalanche forward Matt Duchene, who lived with Foote and his family during his first two NHL seasons, “The kid’s had bigger feet than me from the time I’ve known him.”
When Duchene moved in, Foote was 10 years old.
Foote, who said his feet are size 16, has heard all manner of jokes about them, and even makes them himself.