Veteran Ren Mason signs with the Castlegar Rebels; Mathew Cooper to Fernie

Veteran Ren Mason signs with the Castlegar Rebels; Mathew Cooper to Fernie

Veteran Ren Mason signs for second stint with the Castlegar Rebels; Rookie Mathew Cooper traded to Ghostriders.



In an effort to further strengthen their blueline depth for this year’s playoff run, the Rebels parted with some youth and potential in order to make room for experience and skill by sending 18-year-old defenceman Mathew Cooper to the Fernie Ghostriders for future considerations, and subsequently signing 20-year-old defenseman Ren Mason. Mason commented, excited to be back on the rebel’s feels good to be back playing on the local squad.

Ren played for the Castlegar Rebels from 2013 until 2015, before being traded to the Nelson Leafs for the 2015-16 season where he played 21 games before temporarily retiring. Ren possesses many attributes of an experienced KIJHL defenceman, he moves the puck well and is a skilled skater.

commented Assistant General Manager Parker Hickey on the new signing.

Looking at where we are in the standings and how the season is going we felt it was the right move to use an experienced player like Ren to add to our depth and skill on defense.

Mason’s return comes at a time where the Rebels are looking to improve immediate defensive depth, despite currently sitting first in the KIJHL in goals against and goals against average, as well as first in goals for and GFA. Mathew Cooper, who was sent to make room is scheduled to make his debut for the Ghostriders this weekend. Head Coach and General Manager Bill Rotheisler said,

Coop is a good defenseman and will have success in Fernie, as he has had here as well. Coop was a big part of our family, and these team decisions are tough, and not always linear.

He continued, discussing the reason for the move,

Many moving parts go into the decision-making process, and this was not a matter of wanting to move on with a player.  Ideally, we would have liked to work out a deal that involved potentially keeping him, but as we investigated options, we came to accept that we cannot have our cake and eat it to.  We wish Coop the best with Fernie and thank him for all his contributions with us this season.

Langley Rivermen Commit to Castlegar Rebels Forward Brandon Costa for 2018-2019 Season

Langley Rivermen Commit to Castlegar Rebels Forward Brandon Costa for 2018-19 Season.

The Castlegar Rebels are pleased to announce that veteran forward Brandon Costa and the BCHL’s Langley Rivermen have agreed to commit to the 2000 born player for the 2018-19 season. Costa will join former Rebel Daneel Lategan who signed with the Riv prior to this season.

The Rebels signed Costa as a 16-year-old prior to the 2016-17 season. Last season he was affiliated with the Trail Smoke Eaters, where he finished the season after the Rebels were eliminated from the playoffs. After a strong main camp in Trail, Costa returned to the Rebels for his sophomore season where he currently has 20 points in 23 games. Costa finished the 2016-17 season with 33 points in 40 games. After 3 strong games in 3 nights and a goal this past weekend with the Langley Rivermen the commitment for next season was made official. Rebels General Manager Bill Rotheisler commented:

We are thrilled for Brandon. We were surprised to have him back this season. I thought he did a lot of good things with his opportunity affiliating in the BCHL last season, and to be able to be with an organization like Langley, where I know their staff appreciate and will benefit a great deal from his unique blend of skill and grit. He did great things for us the past two seasons; and he is going to do great things in the BCHL for the next three years.

We hope this gives Brandon some extra motivation off finish this season off strong as a Rebel. I am very excited to have been committed by the Langley Rivermen. I am looking forward to learning from my new coaches and teammates, and I know this organization is a great fit for me.  Thank you to the Castlegar Rebels organization for being such a big part of my development and preparing me for this opportunity.  I cannot wait to contribute to a deep playoff run and bring that experience to the next level.

Commented Brandon on the next step in his career.