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Rebels acquire Armstrong from Prince George

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Red Deer Rebels Owner/President/General Manager Brent Sutter today announced that the club has completed a trade with the Prince George Cougars.

The Rebels have acquired 19-year-old forward Craig Armstrong from the Cougars in exchange for a second-round selection at the 2023 Western Hockey League Prospects Draft, a fourth-round selection at the 2024

WHL Prospects Draft, and a fifth-round selection at the 2025 WHL Prospects Draft.

Armstrong, a native of Crossfield, AB, was selected by Prince George ninth overall in the first round of the 2018 WHL Prospects Draft. In 155 career regular season games with the Cougars, Armstrong has 20 goals and 36 assists for 56 points. He had 12 goals and 23 assists for 35 points in 67 games during the 2021-22 WHL Regular Season.

Craig Armstrong
Forward
Shoots: Left
Height: 5’7”
Weight: 174 lbs.
Birthdate: 2003-06-05
Hometown: Crossfield, AB
Draft: WHL – PG (2018) Round: 1 (#9)
2021-22 Season Stats:
GP G A PTS +/- PIM
67 12 23 35 -11 57

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Rebels open up 13 point lead in WHL’s Central Division – Next 3 home games huge!

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REBELS THIS WEEK

RETURN OF THE KING

It was a busy three-game weekend for the Red Deer Rebels highlighted by the return of the WHL’s reigning goal scoring champion!

Ben King returned to the lineup Friday night at the Peavey Mart Centrium after missing 31 games to a lower body injury. King scored in the third period of a wild 8-5 win over the visiting Prince George Cougars. Kai Uchacz had a career high five points (two goals, three assists). Jayden Grubbe tied his career high with four points (one goal, three assists). Mats Lindgren also equalled his career best with three points on the night.

Saturday night was a much different game as the Rebels had to work right to the end for a 2-1 come from behind overtime win over the visiting Brandon Wheat Kings. Grubbe tied the game with a power play goal with just over two minutes left in the third period. Kalan Lind then came through with the overtime winner.

Sunday afternoon in Calgary, the Rebels fell to the Hitmen 4-2 at the Scotiabank Saddledome. It was Red Deer’s first loss in six games versus Calgary this season.

The Rebels are now 31-9-1-3 on the season for 66 points. They lead the Central Division by 13 points over the Lethbridge Hurricanes.

 

GAMES THIS WEEK

– Friday, Jan. 27 – The Saskatoon Blades visit the Peavey Mart Centrium for the second and final time this season

– Saturday, Jan 28 – The conference leading Winnipeg ICE visit the Peavey Mart Centrium on a night that will feature live music from See Alice, Post-game Disco Skate, and another Beer Night Special

– Tuesday, Jan. 31 – Connor Bedard and the Regina Pats pay their final visit of the regular season. This game is already sold-out! Stay tuned this week regarding standing-room tickets that may become available.

 

ON THE RADAR:
The Rebels have three players included on the NHL Central Scouting Midterm Rankings for the 2023 NHL Draft – Kalan Kind (F, ’05) 23rd North American Skaters, Kai Uchacz (F, ’04) 130th, Matteo Fabrizi (D, ’05) 215th.

Lind will also suit up for Team White at the 2023 Kubota CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game, January 25 in Langley, BC. The 18-year-old from Shaunavon, SK was the Rebels’ 1st round pick (6th overall) at the 2020 WHL Prospects Draft. He won gold with Team Canada at the 2022 Hlinka Gretzky Cup held at the Peavey Mart Centrium in Red Deer, July 31-August 6. Lind also played at the Capital City Challenge in Ottawa in November 2021.

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Kaylee Raniseth skips RDP Queens to 5 and 0 record on the weekend

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Red Deer Polytechnic Athletes of the Week

Red Deer Polytechnic Athletics is proud to announce the Mr. Mikes RDP Athletes of the Week:

1. Kaylee Raniseth
Hometown: Delburne, Alberta
Bachelor of Education Elementary (2nd year)

Skip Kaylee Raniseth and the Queens Curling Club could not have a better weekend after going undefeated in the Winter Regional hosted by Concordia University. Coming into the weekend, Head Coach Brad Hamilton knew they needed to have a good weekend to have any sort of chance at placing in the top 4 after just finishing with a 3-2 record at the Fall Regional. Hamilton got what he wished for and more as the Queens went 5-0 on the weekend, which includes a 7-2 victory over the Concordia University Thunder, who were also undefeated coming into the Sunday draw against the Queens.

The Queens now sit in first place in the league as they prepare for the championships on March 3-5 in Lloydminster. This is partially due to the hard work Raniseth put in during the weekend in Edmonton. Her competitive curling experience was on display with both her strategy and shot-making. Raniseth will be a vital piece to the puzzle as the team moves forward and competes for a championship come March.

Congratulations Kaylee and we wish you and the Queens luck as the team looks to avenge last year’s tough gold medal loss!

2. Eduardo Crespo
Hometown: Mococa, Sao Paulo, Brazil
Academic Upgrading (2nd year)

Eduardo Crespo was a key player for the Kings Basketball team as they were able to defeat the Ambrose University Lions in back-to-back tough games. Both games could have gone either way with the Lions taking the lead multiple times in the game but that did not stop the Kings from keeping their composure and battling to take the lead back. Crespo finished with 16 points on Friday night and then topped that off with a 34-point night, 41-minute performance on Saturday evening. This includes a layup in the last five seconds that sent this game into overtime where the Kings would win 92-91.

On this five-game winning streak, the Kings are on, Crespo is averaging 22 points and just over 31 minutes on the floor. On the year, he is ranked 3rd in the ACAC with 30.8 points per 40 minutes. According to Head Coach Darren Graham, if Crespo can stay healthy and out of foul trouble, he can be the best player on the floor on any given night as with his size and ball-handling skills, he can play all the positions.

Congratulations Eduardo and good luck to you and the Kings in the tough two games ahead of the team against the Trojans!

This Week in Red Deer Polytechnic Athletics is sponsored by Elite Chiropractor and Sports Medicine

This week in RDP Athletics features a Bell Lets Talk Gameday. With the official Bell Lets Talk Day on Wednesday, January 25, RDP Athletics has decided to host their own event on Saturday evening, January 28 which features both volleyball teams and Queens Hockey. There will be an opportunity to connect with
various mental health organizations within Central Alberta

The volleyball festivities will start at 6 pm as the Queens take on the SAIT Trojans with the Kings to follow at 8 pm. Both these teams will be in Calgary to face the Trojans on Friday night as well.

Queens Hockey will play on a rare Thursday night in Olds at 7 pm to kickstart their weekend before rematching the Olds College Broncos at the same time on Saturday night. These two schools are combining forces for a mental health initiative to show there is strength in unity. The Broncos will be putting on their
Make Some Noise for Mental Health event on Thursday with the Queens hosting a Bell Lets Talk Day on Saturday.

Speaking of hockey, the Kings Hockey team will play two home games this weekend as they take on the Portage College Voyageurs and fight to stay at the top of the conference. The game on Friday will be a normal 7 pm start with the Saturday game being in the afternoon at 1 pm.

Lastly, the basketball teams will kick off the home schedule with two games against a very tough SAIT Trojans team. As the Queens look to continue their five-game winning streak, they will take on the Trojans at 6 pm with the men putting their winning streak on the line following the end of the women’s game.

Just a reminder to stay tuned to the RDP Athletics social media platforms as there will be a daily post up until this Saturday from one of the athletes regarding mental health as this is the last week of the Make Some Noise for Mental event.

Please refer to the information below for more details.

Basketball

Queens (8-6) vs SAIT Trojans (8-5)
• Friday, January 27 | 6 pm at Gary W. Harris Canada Games Centre
• Saturday, January 28 | 6 pm in Calgary

Queens Basketball is now above .500 and riding a five-game winning streak after two great wins against the Ambrose University Lions. The Queens really have turned it around after starting the season 0-3, they are now 8-6.

Head Coach Avery Harrison said he takes full responsibility as the coach of the team for how the team started the season.

“We are a totally different team. It is fun to watch. The biggest change was I got off their backs and let them play. I didn’t do a good enough job coaching in the first semester and was mad at myself. We got some great responses from the players in a feedback session with the coaches which forced change and led to
the team being more successful.”

But the schedule does not get any easier as battle with the SAIT Trojans this weekend, who sit right behind them in what is a very tight South Division. Between first and seventh place, there is just a six-point difference.

The Queens will be in Red Deer on Friday and travel down to Calgary for the second weekend in a row on Saturday. Both games start at 6 pm.

Kings (8-6) vs SAIT Trojans (7-6)
• Friday, January 27 | 8 pm at Gary W. Harris Canada Games Centre
• Saturday, January 28 | 8 pm in Calgary

The Kings are following in the Queens footstep, or the other way around, either way, both teams are playing well as the men are also riding a five-game winning streak. But these two wins against the Ambrose University Lions this past weekend did not come easy for them as one of the games needed overtime. It was
a tight one, but the Kings pulled through with a win.

Now, they got a huge test ahead of them as they take on the SAIT Trojans, who are looking much different than they did in the first semester which saw the team only win three games but have won four of their five games to start the winter semester.

Saturday night’s player of the game Eduardo Crespo said their team won the ACAC Championship last year, so they are always going to be a tough matchup. “They have good players, probably not the same chemistry that they had last year, but they are still doing well. They got players who can score at any time on the court. We want to be able to shut down these players which means we got to put in a lot of work during practice this week.”

Crespo completed his night with 34 points on Saturday, which included the tying basket to send it to overtime. The Kings will start their weekend in Red Deer and then travel down to Calgary for a rematch with both games starting at 8 pm.

Hockey

Queens (7-3) vs Olds College Broncos (2-8)
• Thursday, January 26 | 7 pm in Olds
• Saturday, January 28 | 7 pm at Gary W. Harris Canada Games Centre

After dropping a 3-2 contest against the NAIT Ooks in their lone game this past weekend, the Queens will be back on the ice with two games this week against the Olds College Broncos. Together with Olds College, RDP Athletics will be hosting a collaboration mental health event that will start with the game on Thursday night in Olds for their Make Some Noise for Mental Health event and then end with the polytechnic’s Bell Lets Talk event. The purpose of collaborating with the Central Alberta institution is to emphasize that there is strength in unity as both schools are a part of the ACAC, which includes 15 other
post-secondary schools, 2500 student-athletes, and many coaches that can all come together to promote mental health in a more positive light.

The Queens will play on Thursday evening in Olds and then have a day off before facings the Broncos in a rematch on Saturday evening. Puck drop just after 7 pm for both games.

Portage College Voyageurs (3-13-1) at Kings (10-6-1)
• Friday, January 27 | 7 pm
• Saturday, January 28 | 1 pm

As the Kings Hockey team struggles to win on home ice in the 2023 year, they will be tested this weekend as they face the Portage College Voyageurs in back-to-back home games. Earlier on in the season, the Kings split the weekend (5-3W, 3-2L) with the Voyageurs in Lac la Biche. But they now will face them in the
Gary W. Harris Canada Games Centre where they have lost two straight games with 10 goals against and just four goals for.

Head Coach Trevor Keeper they are playing very well and have defeated some very good teams lately. “They play hard. They forecheck and they hit. Up until the past couple of weeks, we were undefeated at home and now we are playing sloppy, especially on Saturday nights. This week with the quick turnaround on
Saturday, we will have to be dominant and get our home mojo back.”

The Kings will play at 7 pm on Friday and 1 pm on Saturday afternoon with both games in the Gary W. Harris Canada Games Centre.

Volleyball

Queens (7-6) vs SAIT Trojans (7-6)
• Friday, January 27 | 6 pm in Calgary
• Saturday, January 28 | 6 pm at Gary W. Harris Canada Games Centre

With a victory on Saturday night in Calgary, the Queens got their first win of the 2023 year after falling to the Ambrose University Lions on Friday evening in five sets. The second match was very different as the Queens came out of the gate fast and dominant as they swept the Lions three straight to take the match.

But ahead of them is yet another tough test in the SAIT Trojans this weekend as the Queens sit tied in second place with the Trojans in what is a very tight race for a playoff spot in the South Division. As of right now, four points is the difference between second place and sixth place. With most teams still needing to
play five or six matches, any team has a chance to secure a spot in the ACAC Championships.

Head Coach Talbot Walton explained that consistency needs to be better in the team. “I think we need to be more consistent from the service line which puts them out of system a bit more. Our service receive needs to be a little more structured so we can run a better offence and separate the opposing blockers to give our hitters a prime opportunity for a kill.”

The Queens will play their second straight match in Calgary on Friday at 6 pm with the same start time on Saturday evening in Red Deer at the Gary W. Harris Canada Games Centre.

Kings (12-1) vs SAIT Trojans (4-9)
• Friday, January 27 | 8 pm in Calgary
• Saturday, January 28 | 8 pm at Gary W. Harris Canada Games Centre

The Kings continue to prove their dominance over ACAC competition as they extend their winning streak to double-digits now with their 10th straight win. But it was not easy as five of the seven sets played, they were competing alongside the Lions. In the other two sets the Kings outplayed Ambrose and proved they are a
force to be reckoned with.

Head Coach Aaron Schulha said as they battle with the Trojans, the team’s service pressure component will need to be better. “During every match, we talk about having a sense of pride in winning the serve and receive battle because we know how physical we are at the net. Ultimately, the game of volleyball comes down to serve and pass which is something we talk about a lot over the season.”

The Kings will be in Calgary on Friday to take on the Trojans before heading home for a rematch on Saturday evening with both matches starting at 8 pm.

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