Castlegar Rebel Jaedon Little is eager to get the next chapter of his life started. That’s why the second-year Rebel committed to join the Briercrest College Clippers, where teammate Josh Weins is also headed, for his 20-year-old season.
“I’m pretty excited for it. I chose Briercrest just because I think it’s the best place for me to grow in my faith and develop as a hockey player in a very good Alberta Colleges Athletic Conference while getting my education,” says Little.
He plans to pursue a degree in physical education, then minor in kinesiology. A factor in choosing Briercrest College is its connection to the Prairie Hockey Academy, where he played before joining the Rebels. The programs are connected.
“It was just a good offer that I decided to take up,” he says.
Little returned to the Rebels after attending the training camp of the LaRonge Ice Wolves in the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League. It was a positive experience for the Wymark, Sask., product who got to see what Junior A hockey is like. The biggest things he picked up was to work hard every shift and place a focus on developing into a two-way player. In his rookie season with the Rebels, Little had nine goals and 35 points in 37 games. Little feels he’s become stronger on the ice and more well-rounded. His teammates helped push him and head coach Carter Duffin with assistant coach Nick Headrick worked a lot with Little on the small details of his skills. He’s enjoyed his time in the Rebels program, saying it’s a great organization in a great community.
“Playing in the KIJHL as well, it was a really good league,” says Little. “It helps you develop each and every night. There are lots of junior A players that end up coming to the KIJHL, whether it’s from not having things work out quite as they planned in Junior A or they decided they wanted to be closer to home or with friends and this makes it a very competitive league. Every night you have to work hard and it helps you become a better player in the long run.”
Little believes playing in the ACAC will be a good experience as he faces teams built of players coming from major junior or Junior A leagues on a nightly basis.