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.