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Kai Uchacz becomes sixth Red Deer Rebel to score 50 goals!


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Uchacz scores 50th goal

Kai Uchacz has become the sixth player in Red Deer Rebels history to score 50 goals in a season.

The 19-year-old from Okotoks reached the golden milestone Friday night with a first period goal versus the Lethbridge Hurricanes.


Player Season Games Goals

B.J. Young            1996‐97     63 58
Kyle Wanvig        2000‐01     69 55
Ben King               2021‐22     68 52
Craig Reichert     1993‐94      72 52
Dean Tiltgen        1992‐93      72 50
Kai Uchacz           2022‐23     67 50

It’s the first time the Rebels have had a 50-goal scorer in back-to-back seasons since 1992-93 and 1993-94. Ben King led the WHL last season with 52 goals.

The Rebels play their final game of the regular season Saturday night, March 25 at 7 p.m. at the Peavey Mart Centrium versus the Hurricanes.

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Steve Konowalchuk steps down as Head Coach of the Red Deer Rebels with 86-36-3-3 regular season record

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Red Deer Rebels Coach Steve Konowalchuk behind the bench in Red Deer 2021-2022 season.  Photo courtesy of Rob Wallator and the Red Deer Rebels

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Konowalchuk steps down as Rebels head coach

Red Deer Rebels Owner/President/General Manager Brent Sutter announced on Thursday that Steve Konowalchuk has resigned as the club’s head coach.

Sutter says Konowalchuk made the decision to step down due to personal/family reasons.

“It’s disappointing to see Steve resign. But I also understand when it comes to personal/family reasons. He’s a great coach, and even more so a great man. I want to thank Steve for the outstanding job he did here for two seasons,” said Sutter.

“I wish Steve and his wife Leah all the best moving forward.”

In two years behind the Rebels bench, Konowalchuk compiled an impressive 86-36-3-3 regular season record and guided the team to two playoff series wins. The Rebels won 40 games in back-to-back regular seasons for the first time since 2001-03 and won the Central Division title in 2022-23. Konowalchuk was named Central Division Coach of the Year in 2021-22.

“I am very sad to be leaving the Red Deer Rebels organization,” Konowalchuk said.

“It was a pleasure and an honour to work with Brent, Shaun, and Merrick Sutter. The Rebels are truly a first-class organization in every way. I wish them and the players all the best going forward.”

Konowalchuk added, “I want to thank the best fans in the WHL, and the community of Red Deer for all their support.”

Steve had one year remaining on his contract with the club.

Also on Thursday, the Rebels announced that Assistant Coach Ryan Colville will not be returning after five seasons with the club as he plans to pursue other professional opportunities.

“Ryan grew a lot here during his time with us,” Sutter noted.

“He’s looking for a coaching opportunity closer to home in Cincinnati. He’s a good man, and I wish him all the best. I want to thank him for the job he did over five seasons.”

“I’ve had a great experience in my five years in Red Deer, I believe I’ve grown as a coach, and as a person under both Brent and Steve,” Colville said.

“I’m grateful for my time with the Rebels. I know that the experience here will serve me well moving forward and has prepared me for the next steps in my career.”

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WHL playoffs: Blades complete comeback, beat Rebels 5-2 in Game 7

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Saskatoon – It’s not exactly how they imagined it, or drew it up, but the Saskatoon Blades have advanced to the Western Hockey League’s Eastern Conference final after beating the visiting Red Deer Rebels 5-2 on Tuesday night.

The Blades, who dropped the first three games of the best-of-seven series to the Rebels, rattled off four straight wins to punch their ticket to the conference final and a date with the powerful Winnipeg ICE.

Conner Roulette and Spencer Shugrue each scored twice for the Blades, while Vaughn Watterodt added a single into an empty net.

Hunter Mayo and Ryker Singer scored for the Rebels, who were outshot 28-25.

The teams were tied 1-1 after the first period and 2-2 after the second.

The ICE defeated the Moose Jaw Warriors 4-2 in their series, winning three straight after falling behind 2-1.

The Kamloops Blazers and Seattle Thunderbirds will open the best-of-seven Western Conference final on Saturday in Seattle, Wash. The Blazers will host, and play in, the 2023 Memorial Cup from May 26 to June 4.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published April 25, 2023.

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