Monday, January 5, 2015

Rebels and Pats Make A Rather Big Deal

Fans of The Godfather will best appreciate what happened at Rebels headquarters today.

Regina Pats VP of Hockey Operations and Head Coach John Paddock made Brent Sutter an offer he couldn’t refuse. In the process, he pried away one of the Rebels most tantalizing prospects.

Sutter sent forward Jake Leschyshyn to the Pats on Monday in exchange for Regina’s leading scorer, 19 year old forward Connor Gay. The Rebels also get Regina’s 1st round Bantam Pick in 2016, 2nd round pick in 2015 and 7th round pick in 2017. 

"It’s a hard thing to do to trade away your first round pick that you took sixth overall," Sutter admitted while speaking about the trade Monday afternoon. "It was something I was approached on by Regina [to see] if I was interested in moving a player like that. To be quite honest, I really wasn’t and yet we got into discussions and one thing led to another."

Monday, December 29, 2014

Rebels: December Deals Have Memorial Cup In Mind



The WHL Trade Deadline does not arrive for another two weeks (January 10).
Brent Sutter isn’t waiting that long to make what he hopes are drastic improvements to his Red Deer Rebels club.
Four new names have been added to the Rebels roster since December 1…

  • Riley Sheen, F, 20, acquired from Lethbridge along with a conditional 5th round selection in the 2017 WHL Bantam Draft in exchange for 20-year old Devan Fafard and 17-year old forward Brayden Burke

  • Nelson Nogier, 18, D, and Austin Adamson, F, 18, acquired from Saskatoon in exchange for in exchange for 17-year old forward Mason McCarty, the Rebels 1st round selection in the 2016 WHL Bantam Draft, and a 2nd round pick in 2015

  • Colton Bobyk, D, 18, acquired from Spokane along with a 4th round selection in 2016 in exchange for 19-year old defenceman Nick Charif, a 2nd round pick in 2015 and a conditional 6th round selection in 2016

Clearly, the Rebels have paid high prices to bring these players in. It is also clear that Sutter believes these players are the right fit for his club.

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Fleury Working To Rock It Like A Hurricane



[Here goes my latest attempt at blogging, based on some good interviews we've had on recent Rebels broadcasts]

Haydn Fleury hasn’t exactly been piling up the points this season with the Red Deer Rebels. But, that doesn’t mean his play isn’t trending in the right direction.


Last weekend, the Carolina Hurricanes, sent a familiar face to Red Deer to get a firsthand look at the progress of their first round draft pick.


Glen Wesley is the Director of Defencemen Development for the Hurricanes. The Red Deer native knows a thing or two about patrolling NHL blue lines, having done so for 1457 games joining Carolina’s hockey staff.

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

WHL Coaching Carousel

As I start getting some things ready for Rebels broadcasts this season, I put together a quick list of all of the offseason coaching changes in the WHL.  I figured I might as well share it with you...



TEAM
2013-14
2014-15
Calgary
Mike Williamson
Mark French
Edmonton
Derek Laxdall
Steve Hamilton
Kamloops
Dave Hunchak
Don Hay
Kelowna
Ryan Hunka
Dan Lambert
Moose Jaw
Mike Stothers
Tim Hunter
Portland
Mike Johnston
Jamie Kompon
Regina
Malcolm Cameron
John Paddock
Saskatoon
Dave Struch
Bob Woods
Tri City
Jim Hiller
Mike Williamson
Vancouver
Don Hay
Troy Ward

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

TRAINING CAMP: THE ROOKIES

Here's is the rookies roster for the opening day of Rebels Training Camp (Thursday).  They hit the ice at 10 a.m.

Of note, Jeff de Wit is not with the rookie group.  He'll skate with the veterans group once he's healthy enough to do so.  


Tuesday, August 19, 2014

REBELS: IT'S TIME


‘Twas the night before training camp and all through the rink…

Nah, who am I kidding. I suck at poetry. Some think I also suck at writing, for that matter, but here it comes anyway.

Welcome to the 2014-15 season, Red Deer Rebels fans. After another much longer than hoped for off-season, the boys are back in town and ready to hit the ice starting Thursday.

While the off-season was indeed a long one, it was not completely uneventful for the Rebels. Here is a recap of some of the bigger happenings…

Friday, August 15, 2014

BACK IN BLACK (AND WHITE)

Enjoy the final weekend of the off-season, folks.

Starting Thursday, your local hockey heroes hit the ice as they work toward the ultimate major junior hockey goal of winning the Memorial Cup.

You can find a rundown of the Red Deer Rebels 2014 Training Camp schedule at their website.

On Wednesday, GM and Head Coach Brent Sutter will be chatting with us in the local media to offer up a camp preview and his (lofty, no doubt) expectations for the 2014-15 season.  We'll also probably as him for an update on the 2016 Memorial Cup bid (you're damn right it should come to Red Deer!)

We definitely look forward to bringing you all the action once again as 106.7 The Drive will carry each Rebels regular season and playoff game live.

Enjoy golf, or whatever it is you like doing when the weather is nice, because life at the rink is about to resume. 

See you there!

TG