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.