Randall Gelech started his major junior career during the 2000-01 season with the Kelowna Rockets of the WHL. He was named to the 2001 U-17 Team Western for the World Hockey Challenge in Nova Scotia. After shaking off an below average 2001-02 season, Gelech had a breakout year during the 2002-03 season as with Kelowna. The team made it deep into the playoffs but went home empty handed. Gelech was also named to the RE/MAX Canada/Russia Challenge series for 2003. During the 2003-04 season he had another superb year and the Rockets made it back into the playoffs and into the CHL finals. Not only did the Kelowna end up winning the Memorial Cup, but Gelech was also named to the Memorial Cup All-Star Team for his outstanding play.
7th round, 208th overall in the 2003 NHL Entry Draft by Phoenix
No other Utah Grizzlies player offered up more surprising play during the 2004-05 season than Gelech. After a solid junior career with the Kelowna Rockets of the Western Hockey League, the rookie forward made a smooth transition to the professional game. Gelech had an impressive year playing on the Grizzlies checking line and filling a spot on the club’s top penalty-killing unit. Although he saw limited time on the Utah power play, he was a consistent contributor. His 15 goals, (five power play goals), and 12.6 shooting percentage were each good enough for second on the Grizzlies squad.
Gelech is a player that every team loves to have. He is very intense and considered an energy player. He is a good skater with decent speed. He is a tenacious forechecker and his size (6’3, 212) complements his works hard on the forecheck and around the net. He possesses soft hands and a nose that helps him find ways to score. He uses the body and finishes his checks. He has good overall ability and skill. He will earn his respect from his persistence and determination because he will give you the same intensity and gritty play every night.