Parker Hickey Hired as Assistant General Manager

Parker Hickey Hired as Assistant General Manager

The evolution of the Castlegar Rebels continues with the hiring of analytics prodigy Parker Hickey.  Hickey, from Montreal, Que just finished his fourth year at Queen’s University in Kingston, ON where the recently appointed Engineer excelled on his Bachelor of Applied Science in Applied Mathematics.

In addition to his schooling he was Commissioner of the LUG student hockey league, a revenue generating, 15-employee venture where he lead and coordinated many large scale fundraising events. Parker also co-founded Hockey Helps the Homeless Queen’s Committee, where they raised over $115,000 that went towards benefiting the Kingston Youth Shelter among others. In addition to the above Parker also has spent time as a Project Manager as well as an Equity Research Analyst in Toronto, ON. Rebels President, Mike Johnstone said

We’re thrilled to have Parker join our hockey club.  His analytics background is a huge addition to our team and his work in the community fits perfectly with what were trying to accomplish here in Castlegar.

– Johnstone added

As an organization, we’ve committed to become one of the premier Junior B hockey programs in Canada, and Parker is a big piece of the puzzle.  We want to build a culture of excellence, both on and off the ice, and this is one more step forward. General Manager, Bill Rotheisler commented:

Parker is an extremely intelligent young man.  Through his resume and subsequent interview process, he showed his polish, intelligence, and ability to see projects through. At a young age, he has already shown many examples of his steadfastness to get things done and manage an organization.

When asked specifically about bringing in someone with an analytical ability, Rotheisler continued,

Hockey doesn’t change, but it does evolve. you must be willing to evolve with it. We have seen a predominant advanced stats trend in hockey with many examples of the analytics, as well as age, shift. From full blown NHL buy-ins like Arizona and Florida, to simple analytics manager roles. I don’t believe in reinventing the wheel, but you can’t deny that even the wheel has evolved to be a much more efficient phenomenon. (NHL) Toronto’s success of incorporating an analytics intellectual as an assistant GM within a strong organizational structure has paid of in dividends.

Parker begins the transition into the role immediately, and the Castlegar Rebels could not be more thrilled to have him part of the continuing legacy. The feeling is mutual, as Parker Hickey commented, I am both thrilled and excited to serve as the next Assistant GM for the Castlegar Rebels.  Bill and I share a vision for the exceptional organization we want to build.  Am eager to get out there and get to work. Players and fans should be excited about the season ahead. One thing is for sure, the Rebels are certainly beating the same drum for the 2017-18 season.

Castlegar Rebels Re-Sign Forward Chris Breese

Castlegar Rebels Re-Sign Forward Chris Breese

The Castlegar Rebels active week continued in a big way Tuesday The Rebels offense just got more potent and bigger at the same time.  Chris Breese who amassed 25 goals and 64 points for the Rebels in 2015-16 will be once again joining the orange and gold, adding a 6-2; frame to an already strong offensive core. Breese, being a 1997 born forward, rounds out the 20-year-old situation in Castlegar joining Moeller, Lindsey, Bitonti and Szott.  Breese first got a taste of his new teammates and coach after he joined John Moeller, Chance Szott, Everett Hicks, Daneel Lategan and (coach) Bill Rotheisler in Boston for the 2017 New England Pre-Draft Tournament back in May. Breese had a strong rookie season in the AJHL last season finishing seventh on the Drayton Valley Thunder in scoring with 10 goals and 21 points.

Prior to that Breese spent time with International Hockey Academy (formerly SISEC), who plays out of the CSSHL. GM/Head Coach Bill Rotheisler commented:

Breese is a big-time addition. To have someone that can provide that amount of offensive production, and happens to be a big frame centreman with junior A experience is a huge asset for us and aspect we were missing last season. We were also able to see a preview in Boston where we saw how he mixed in with some of the guys and we were very impressed. He was also around for camp last season, and despite being in Drayton last year, he really has always been a Rebel.

The Rebels open the season September 8th in Golden, and open at home on September 15th versus the Columbia Valley Rockies.

Cordell Boyko acquired in deal with Rockets

Cordell Boyko acquired in deal with Rockets.

The Castlegar Rebels continue their strengthening of their defensive core with the acquisition of a second left-handed defenseman in as many days. Cordell Boyko was acquired from the Golden Rockets in exchange for conditional future considerations. Boyko, from Edmonton Alberta, is heralded as a good skater, with exceptional own zone awareness.

Cory (Cordell) is average height at 5’10”, but plays hard and latches to guys well, he is a hard shadow to shake

– Commented General Manager/Head Coach Bill Rotheisler.

Rotheisler continued, we have been working on this (Boyko trade) for over a month now and are very excited to bring Cordell into the fold.  We had a list of about 10 guys we thought may be available.  The more I watched him the more I fell in love with his play.  His in-zone awareness is strong and his exits are very efficient with an elite success rate. I honestly had to really hold back my excitement to work through this deal.

Cordell will be attending North Battleford’s camp at the end of August but is expected to join his new teammates prior at Rebels’ camp August 25th. After news of the trade, Boyko commented that he’s very excited and honoured to be brought on board with an organization that’s competitive and expects the best from their players day in and day out. It’s an exciting time for me and I can’t wait to get started in just a couple of weeks and help the team win any way that I can.

Rebels sign BCMML pair Wilson and Cooper

Rebels sign BCMML pair Wilson and Cooper

The Castlegar Rebels are excited to announce the signing of Rebels’ prospect Reid Wilson (Castlegar, BC) and defenseman Mathew Cooper (Whitehorse, YK). Both players spent last season with the Kootenay Ice Major Midget Program in Trail, BC. Reid Wilson, a 17-year-old Castlegar product, spent the last two seasons with the Kootenay Ice Major Midget program and prior to that with Okanagan Hockey Academy. Last season, Reid played 7 games, including a playoff game, with the Rebels as an affiliate.

We really have a strong family feel within our hockey operations and it speaks volumes when you are able to show your affiliates that there is a mutual buy-in.  At the end of the day, you still must earn it.  It is important to show future affiliates that your looking for more than just fillers for games, there is a long-term vision there, and if you come and work at it there is opportunity. Rotheisler continued on Wilson, Reid is player that has already shown that he is meant to play with and against bigger and better players. His energy and possession numbers were always in the top portion of the team when he played with us. The guy proved he can be a player, and more importantly, he proved he can do it already in a Rebels’ uniform.

In addition to the signing of Wilson, the Rebels also addressed a need in signing left-handed defenseman Mathew Cooper.  18-year-old Cooper, from Whitehorse, had a strong season last year with the Ice as well and in addition was an active affiliate of the Nelson Leaf’s program.

In addition, Cooper has spent time with the Pacific Coast Academy. Mathew was first noticed playing for the MML team last season, but pushed his stock after a strong showing at Alberni Valley Bulldog’s camp where then Bulldogs’ Associate Coach (now with Prince George) and Castlegar native Alex Evin spotted him.

To say Mathew fills a need is an understatement. He is going to have the opportunity to come in and compete for some pretty substantial ice time on a very good team. With most of our question marks on that left side, we are ecstatic that our organization and Mathew found a mutual liking. He is a good player, with a strong skillset and character and will be a big help to our organization

In other news, 18 year old forward Justin Podgorenko was moved to the Nelson Leafs. The Rebels wish to thank Justin for always playing hard and representing the Rebels with pride during his time here. Justin was acquired last offseason from the Creston Valley Thunder Cats.

Main Camp 2017 Announced

2017 Main Camp Information

  • Date: August 25th & August 27th / September 3rd, 2017
  • Location: Castlegar Community Complex
  • Registration Time: 2:00PM
  • Cost: $200/Per Player (Excluding KIJHL Veterans)

The 2017 Main Camp dates are out and we encourage you to contact the coaching staff. Main camp is a closed and invite only event; however, those players with major midget, midget AAA and CSSHL experience are encouraged to contact General Manager / Head Coach Bill Rotheisler (coach@castlegarrebels or 250-681-3773) while spots are available. Players who do not fall in the above scope, are still encouraged to contact the Castlegar Rebels, with the support of a reference letter from a coach or alternate relevant person to your on and off ice hockey ability. This will be a very small, fast paced camp.

Our organization is exceptionally proud of the rebuilding season that was 2016-17, finishing 2nd in the division with the highest win percentage since the 2013 KIJHL Championship team. Our expectations are high and our belief in what we provide for a quality program is strong beyond words.

Schedule for main camp will be released, along with rosters closer to the camp dates.  Main camp is the final step in the process to becoming a Castlegar Rebel. There will be limited to two competitive and small groups that will be narrowed down further to one large group on August 27th. There will be fitness testing, a practice and intra-squad games. A round of releases will take place on August 28th and a handful of players will be taken through to the exhibition games and hopefully beyond!

The Castlegar Rebels organization is one of the top organizations in the KIJHL. We take pride in our details as an organization off the ice, as much as the team does on the ice. As a result, our goal is to treat you, the player, well and with respect within a dressing room where everybody gets along.  In return, we expect nothing short of your best daily. The Rebels staff spend many hours recruiting and scouting players in multiple places to bring together this camp.  There are many limitations to our ability to see everybody, and we recognize that there may be some players that we have missed.  We always make sure we save a couple of spots for individuals that contact us and meet the Rebels standard. If you feel that you are one of those players, please email coach@castlegarrebels.com with information on yourself, from there we will get back to you with a quick determination on your eligibility for camp.