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...

Mike Williamson
Mark French
Derek Laxdall
Steve Hamilton
Dave Hunchak
Don Hay
Ryan Hunka
Dan Lambert
Moose Jaw
Mike Stothers
Tim Hunter
Mike Johnston
Jamie Kompon
Malcolm Cameron
John Paddock
Dave Struch
Bob Woods
Tri City
Jim Hiller
Mike Williamson
Don Hay
Troy Ward

Wednesday, August 20, 2014


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


‘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


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!


Thursday, May 1, 2014

REBELS: Draft Day 2014

Once again, the Red Deer Rebels tapped into some NHL bloodlines in the first round of the WHL Bantam Draft.

There was Brandon Sutter in 2004, Adam Musil in 2012, and today Jake Leschyshyn whose father, Curtis, patrolled the blue line in both the NHL and WHL and was an Assistant Coach with the Saskatoon Blades last season.

Leschyshyn, the 6th overall selection in today’s draft, headlines the group of 11 players selected by the Rebels. The group of 11 also includes a local product and a pair of very intriguing American players.

Overall, Rebels Assistant GM Sutter feels the club was able to address the needs they had identified heading into today’s draft.

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

REBELS: The Final Curtain

Just like that… it’s all over.

After a frantic finish to the regular season that centred on an ultra-tight race for a playoff spot, the finality of the Red Deer Rebels’ tiebreaker game loss to the Prince Albert Raiders is tough to stomach, real tough.

Many observers had high hopes for the 2013-14 Red Deer Rebels, and it was with good reason that they did. They brought back a large chunk of the roster that last season rallied to finish 4th in the WHL Eastern Conference and swept the Prince Albert Raiders in the opening round of playoffs. They had the reigning WHL and CHL Goaltender of the Year, a stud defenceman to build around, a promising group of forwards, and a solid coaching group with a ton of pedigree. Seemingly, the ingredients were there for a recipe for success this season.

In the end, those ingredients didn’t mix as well as many had expected and the Rebels are on the outside looking in for this year’s playoffs. It certainly wasn’t a boring season, no season ever is in my opinion, and here some of the highs and lows, as I saw them, from the campaign that was…

Sunday, March 2, 2014

SKED: Generals and Eagles

Here is schedule for the upcoming, and very much anticipated, Chinook Hockey League / Alberta Senior AAA provincial hockey final series.

Of course, I need not remind you of all the story lines that litter this series.  If the action on the ice matches the hype and excitement amongst fans, then we're all in for a real treat.

Note: The Generals home games will be played at the Red Deer Arena.

Gm#1- Saturday March 8, 8:00pm start @ RDA

Gm#2- Friday March 14, 830pm start @ Innisfail Arena

Gm#3- Saturday March 15, 8:00pm start @RDA

Gm#4 - Friday March 21, 8:30pm @ Innisfail Arena

Gm#5- Saturday March 22, 8:00pm start @RDA

Gm#6- Sunday March 23, 7:30pm @ Innisfail Arena

Gm#7- Thursday March 27, 8:30pm @RDA

Tickets will not sold in advance, they will be available at the door.