McArthur Commits to the Rebels

McArthur Commits to the Rebels

The Castlegar Rebels continue their busy and exciting offseason in preparation for the upcoming 2019-2020 season. At the conclusion of this past season, graduating goaltender Cedric LeSieur committed to play for the Liberty University Flames (ACHA), and following a trade with Nelson, sending returning 20 year old goaltender Curt Doyle to the Leafs, the Rebels were left with a hole in the crease. This weekend the Rebels are excited to announce they have filled a piece of that hole, with the commitment of Tyler McArthur from Fort St. John. Head Coach and General Manager Carter Duffin spoke about the goaltending situation and move leading up to this announcement. We had built an excellent relationship with Tyler and the McArthur family prior to trading Doyle. Knowing we were going to add a solid player in net, gave us the confidence to move Doyle to Nelson, to play his final season in the KIJHL with his home town team.

 

 

McArthur had an exceptional season in 2018-2019 with the NEBC Yukon Trackers out of Fort St. John, playing in the Northern Alberta Midget AA League. McArthur lead all goalies in the NAHML in both save percentage and goals against average, posting a 0.938 SV% and a 1.95 GAA. His achievements didn’t stop there, in addition to being an affiliate player with the Fort St. John Huskies and seeing action in the Hockey Alberta Junior B Provincials, he helped backstop the NEBC Yukon Trackers to a BC Hockey Midget Tier 1 Provincial Championship Title this past March.

McArthur stops pucks and wins games, that’s a simple way to describe him from last season. He is very calm in net, kills second chance opportunities and tracks the puck extremely well, said Duffin. While speaking to McArthur about making his decision to commit to Castlegar he said I’ve heard a lot of great things about the Rebels, the great coaching staff and facility. They are here to develop their players to further their careers. Hearing that the community is very supportive and about the great billet families, it made my decision that much easier!

The McArthur family is a supporter of Junior B Hockey in Fort St. John, billeting the Huskies goaltender Jonathan Bateman, who McArthur was able to lean on through the recruiting process. There was a lot going on through the recruiting process, being able to ask Coach Duffin every question me and my family had and get a thorough and straight forward response was huge. Having the opportunity to talk to my billet brother about the process helped me make an educated decision, as this is a big step into my Junior career.

The Rebels are excited to welcome Tyler McArthur to Castlegar. When asked about what the fans can expect from him this season McArthur said,

Firstly, I am excited to be a part of the great community of Castlegar! I am a very calm goalie in between the pipes, but will be very energetic and I am excited to get some wins in front of the great fans in Castlegar!

The Rebels Main Camp kicks off in two months on August 30 at the Castlegar Complex, and will be followed by a number of exhibition games in the following two weeks. For players and families with questions about camp information or registration, please reach out to Head Coach and General Manager Carter Duffin by e-mail at: carter.duffin@gmail.com.

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Rebels Announce Main Camp for the 2019-2020 Season

The Castlegar Rebels have announced the details for its upcoming Main Camp for the 2019-2020 season.

The camp will be held Friday, August 30 through to Sunday, September 1 at the Castlegar and District Recreation Complex. Following camp, the Rebels will head directly into exhibition games the following week, allowing many players extended opportunities to earn their spot in the line-up. The Rebels are coming off of a rebuild season, which will see a number of strong returning players coming back to lead the Rebels this season. Head Coach and General Manager Carter Duffin says every spot still needs to be earned at camp. Our returning players will be expected to return with an extremely high level of preparedness, and along with any of our recruited or committed players, the expectation is every player in attendance will be expected to compete at a high level. Every player in camp (veterans, committed players, recruits) will have an opportunity to make our team, if they prove it, they will earn it. The Rebels will cap their camp at two teams to ensure the highest level of competition, and to give every player the opportunity to spend time and be challenged by the Rebels staff. Duffin notes that the camp will include fitness testing, practices lead by the Rebels coaching staff and intra-squad games, allowing players to showcase themselves to the best of their abilities in all aspects of the game. As a staff, we want to spend time and continue to build a relationship with all of our recruits during this weekend. We want to make sure they are the right fit for the Rebels program and our vision to move forward, which is not only on the ice, but their personal character off the ice and in the community as well explains Duffin.

For more information about the camp or registration, please contact Head Coach and General Manager Carter Duffin at Carter.Duffin@gmail.com

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Rebels Commit to Three Players

Rebels Commit to Three Players

The Castlegar Rebels have had a very busy and successful off season this spring. The Rebels held an Identification Camp alongside the Fort St. John Huskies (NWJHL) and the Strathmore Wheatland Kings (HJHL) in Edmonton, on May 10-12. Players from British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan and as far away as Houston, Texas made their way to Clareview Arena. The Rebels staff were very impressed with the level of talent in attendance, and are looking forward to seeing many of these players make their way to Castlegar and continue to earn their spot on the team at the Rebels Main Camp at the end of August.

 

As the spring comes to a close, the Rebels are excited to make their first player announcements ahead of the 2019-2020 season. Forward Caleb Goncalves, from Vanderhoof, British Columbia played 9 games with the Rebels last season. Goncalves spent time with the Rebels through Main Camp and played in 4 exhibition games prior to returning to the Kootenay Ice BCMML team in Trail. Goncalves was able to be a part of the Rebels practices and games often through the season, thanks in part to the Ice’s former Head Coach Kris Boyce, who believed strongly in the affiliation process, both with the Rebels and to allow his affiliate players the chance to play up with the MML team. Goncalves contributed 7 goals and 7 assists for 14 points in 36 games, along with 106 penalty minutes with the Ice, and scored 1 goal during his games with the Rebels. “I am very excited to get back into the room with the guys, they always welcomed me and treated me like I was family. I Hope I can bring back the same positivity that they gave me” said Goncalves about rejoining Rebels in the upcoming season. Goncalves went on to add “Coach Duffin always put me in a position he knew I would be able to be successful in, and helped make me a better player every time I was on the ice with them”. Head Coach and General Manager Carter Duffin spoke highly about Goncalves, “He is extremely fast. He has the ability to adjust his speed and take off, putting defenders in a tough position to contain him. He spent a lot of time with the Rebels last season and fits right in with our group. He brings the right attitude every day coming to the rink, and will look to continue with that trend this season”.

The Rebels are also excited to announce that Tyren Grimsdale, of Lyalta, Alberta has chosen to come to Castlegar next season. Grimsdale started last season with the Wheatland Chiefs Midget AA team in the SCAHL. At Christmas, Grimsdale joined the Okotoks Bow Mark Oilers Midget AAA team for the Macs Tournament in Calgary and finished the rest of the season with the Oilers. He started the season with 7 goals and 7 assists for 14 points in 18 games with Wheatland and then continued that pace contributing 5 goals and 3 assists for 8 points in 12 games with the Oilers. Grimsdale spoke about choosing the Rebels for the upcoming season “I was encouraged by the conversations with Coach Duffin and his willingness to help develop my game to the next level. I chose Castlegar because of Coach Duffin, the current players and the potential of the team and the facilities the Rebels play in“.  “Grimsdale is an exceptional skater, can find open ice with his shifty movement and loves to shoot the puck” Duffin said, “He wants to contribute and create offense every time he hits the ice”. When asked about what the Rebels fans can expect from him, Grimsdale said “the fans will see me as a dynamic player that has speed and likes to create scoring opportunities”, he also went on to add “I look forward to volunteering and becoming a part of the community”.

The Rebels are also looking forward to seeing their third commitment contribute to the Rebels offensive attack after he finished second in scoring in the CCSHL Midget Varsity League. Jaedon Little, of Wymark, Saskatchewan, was a force last season for Prairie Hockey Academy in Caronport, Saskatchewan. Little scored 27 goals and set up 24 more for 51 points in 24 games. “Little has the ability to find ways to get the puck into the net. He is able to make smooth plays, create separation and finish. Little continued to excel throughout the year, helping lead PHA to the Midget Varsity Championships, he knows how to win, and will bring the right type of personal character to the Rebels program and community”. When Little was asked about his decision to head to Castlegar, Little said “Coach Duffin is all in for helping advance players in their hockey career. I also feel like it is the best place for me to get to the next level in my playing career”. Little is excited to get to work in a Rebels jersey this season, for a preview about what to expect, Little said “fans can expect to see a hard working two-way player who likes to have the puck, make plays, and takes pride in his defensive play”.

The Rebels are looking forward to continue their recruiting through the summer, and fans will be able to get their first glimpse of Goncalves, Grimsdale, Little, as well as the rest of the Rebels returning players and recruits, at the Rebels Main Camp at the end of August. The Rebels staff are excited about the direction that the Rebels roster is heading. Duffin spoke about the continued recruiting season “we are very proud to announce these three players today, but it doesn’t just end here. These players will continue to push and grow through the summer to be ready for the fall. Our scouting staff has put in many hours and kilometers through the last season and this spring to ensure we have a strong group of recruits coming to our main camp that will also be battling for the opportunity to dawn a Rebels jersey, as there are still many spots left to be earned!”.

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LeSieur Commits to Liberty University

LeSieur Commits to Liberty University

The Castlegar Rebels are excited to make their second commitment announcement of the spring, as Cedric LeSieur has committed to attend Liberty University and play for the Flames, in the American Collegiate Hockey Association (ACHA). LeSieur was acquired in a trade from the Nanaimo Buccaneers in early October, and immediately helped backstop the Rebels.

Following the season LeSieur and the Rebels coaching staff helped him work through the process discussing opportunities with a number of schools. Rebels Head Coach & General Manager Carter Duffin, was enthusiastic while working with LeSieur to help ensure he found the right place to play following his time as a Rebel. Cedric came to the rink every day willing to do anything he could to help us get better. Through our ups and downs, Cedric helped lead our team, striving to see improvement in himself and his team mates daily. In addition to his skills in net, he brought a positive attitude and demeanor, and his excitement to contribute to the community (spending many evenings at the Pioneer with Castlegar Minor Hockey goalies), it was an exciting time to determine what program would fit him best. LeSieur made his way to Lynchburg, VA to attend their College For A Weekend; visit in early April and that sealed the deal, as LeSieur wanted to continue his education and hockey career with Liberty University. LeSieur will look to earn his ice time at Liberty as he will be one of two freshmen goaltenders for the Flames this season. While speaking to Liberty public relations, LeSieur spoke about the goaltending situation he was entering. We’ve had conversations with (Flames goalies coach) Dan Berthiaume who said both of the incoming goalie recruits will come in with a fresh start  LeSieur said. We will not be competing with each other. We are working together to help the team achieve success. That’s something I’ve done throughout my juniors career to take a team approach. It doesn’t matter who’s in the net. The other goalie has to be supportive and ready for anything. The Rebels organization would like to thank Cedric LeSieur for his service and would like to wish him the very best as he takes the next step of his hockey career.

Would you like to be the next player to have the opportunity to play and develop with the Castlegar Rebels, our Spring Camp registration is open, get all the details here!

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