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NHL Central Scouting identifies Josephson and Drancak as ‘players to watch’

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News release from the Red Deer Rebels

Two Red Deer Rebels have been named to NHL Central Scouting’s ‘Preliminary Players to Watch’ List for the 2024 NHL Draft.

The full list, which includes 63 WHL players, was released Wednesday.

Centre Ollie Josephson (’06, Victoria, BC) has been given a ‘B’ rating as a potential 2nd or 3rd round 2024 NHL Draft pick.

Josephson was selected by the Rebels in the first round, fifth overall at the 2021 WHL Prospects Draft. The 17-year-old has 27 points (7 goals, 27 assists) in 80 career games with the Rebels, including 7 points (2 goals, 5 assists) in 11 games this season. Josephson was a member of Team Canada that won gold at the 2023 Hlinka Gretzky Cup in Czechia and Slovakia.

Forward Samuel Drancak (’06, Strakonice, CZE) has been given a ‘C’ rating as a possible 4th or 5th round 2024 NHL Draft pick. 

Drancak was Red Deer’s lone selection, 54th overall, at the 2023 CHL Import Draft and has four points (2 goals, 2 assists) in his first 11 games with the Rebels. The 17-year-old played the 2022-23 season with HC Motor České Budějovice in the Czech U17 league and was the league’s second leading scorer with 65 points in 34 games. He played nine games at the U20 level, racking up 12 points, and suited up for two games with HC Motor České Budějovice in the Czech professional league. Drancak played at last year’s World U17 Hockey Challenge in Langley, BC and won silver at this year’s Hlinka Gretzky Cup.

The 63 WHL players listed leads the entire Canadian Hockey League. In total, 161 CHL players are listed including 62 from the Ontario Hockey League (OHL) and 36 from the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL).

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First 1,500 Rebel fans to Friday’s game to receive Arron Asham bobblehead

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The all-time leading scorer in Red Deer Rebels history is being honoured with his very own bobblehead.

Arron Asham was unveiled Tuesday by presenting sponsor Carpet One as the latest Rebels bobblehead, which will be given to the first 1,500 fans through the doors at this Friday’s game (March 1) at the Peavey Mart Centrium between the Rebels and Swift Current Broncos.

Asham played 266 regular season games with the Rebels from 1994-98, compiling a franchise best 292 points. He sits first in team history with 131 goals and second in assists with 161. Asham also had 37 points in 31 playoff games with the Rebels.

The Portage La Prairie, MB, native was drafted 71st overall by the Montreal Canadiens in the 1996 NHL Entry Draft and went on to play 789 NHL games over 15 seasons with Montreal, the New York Islanders, New Jersey Devils, Philadelphia Flyers, Pittsburgh Penguins, and New York Rangers.

Asham becomes the ninth Rebels legend to be honoured with a bobblehead, joining Colby Armstrong, Matt Dumba, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, Dion Phaneuf, Brandon Sutter, Cam Ward, Cam Moon, and Woolly Bully.

Asham, along with several other Rebels Alumni, will be in attendance at Friday’s game. Fans will be able to meet and get an autograph from Asham during the second intermission. 

Tickets for Friday’s game (doors open 6 p.m. with puck drop at 7 p.m.) at the Peavey Mart Centrium are available now through Tickets Alberta.

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9 wins in a row! Rebels riding longest winning streak in the WHL this season!

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Photo courtesy 0f the Red Deer Rebels / Taylor Lachance

REBELS THIS WEEK

REBELS RECAP

The Rebels were once again perfect last week, going 2-0 to run their winning streak to 9 games – the longest in the WHL this season.

The club has also climbed into third place in the Eastern Conference, one point ahead of the Moose Jaw Warriors.

SAT. JAN. 27 – The Rebels held off a third period charge by the visiting Brandon Wheat Kings for a 5-3 win at the Peavey Mart Centrium. Kai Uchacz scored the game winner and added an empty net insurance tally to surpass 50 points on the season. Jhett Larson had a goal and an assist. Evan Smith and Carson Birnie also scored for the Rebels and Mats Lindgren had a pair of assists. Chase Wutzke made several key saves once again as he won his eighth-straight start.

FRI. JAN 26 – The Rebels exploded for six goals in the second period on their way to a 6-3 win over the visiting Edmonton Oil Kings at the Peavey Mart Centrium. Hunter Mayo scored twice and Matteo Fabrizi and Mats Lindgren once each as the Rebels got four of their six goals on the night from defencemen. Kalan Lind and Frantisek Formanek also scored for Red Deer. Kai Uchacz had three assists.

UPCOMING GAMES

The Rebels head east this week for a trip that will see the club play five games in seven days.

Jan. 31 at Prince Albert 6 p.m. MT

Feb. 2 at Brandon 6 p.m. MT

Feb. 3 at Moose Jaw 6 p.m. MT

Feb. 4 at Regina 3 p.m. MT

Feb. 6 at Swift Current 6 p.m. MT

(all games broadcast live on 106.7 REWIND Radio and CHL TV)

The next Rebels home game comes up on Friday, February 9th when they host the Moose Jaw Warriors.

Tickets for all Rebels home games are available at ticketsalberta.com.

80’S/NICKELODEON NIGHT

RE/MAX Presents: Nickelodeon Nights for Children’s Miracle Network is a charitable initiative driven by RE/MAX in partnership with Paramount Global, the parent company of global kids and family brand Nickelodeon. The 2022-23 edition saw nearly $160,000 raised in support of Children’s Hospital Foundations across Western Canada. The Rebels will be taking part when the host the Moose Jaw
Warriors on Friday, February 9th at 7 p.m. Stay tuned to Rebels social media in the days leading up to the game to see what Nickelodeon-themed special jerseys the club will be wearing that night.

SOCKEY DAY IN RED DEER

When the Rebels host the Lethbridge Hurricanes for a Family Day Matinee on Monday, February 19th at 2 p.m. it will once again be Sockey Day in Red Deer in support of United Way Central Alberta. Fans attending the game will receive a pair of socks, provided by generous community partners, or bring their own to toss on the ice during the game. These socks will be gathered by volunteers and distributed through various agencies to people in need throughout central Alberta. More details at caunitedway.ca.

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