Bleackley to be back soon for Rebels

He’s ready and more than willing to return to action, but when that happens will not be a decision of Conner Bleackley’s. “We’re just kind of day to day. It’s up to Brent (Rebels GM/head coach Sutter) now, plus it’s up to my body,” the Rebels captain and top sniper said Tuesday.

He’s ready and more than willing to return to action, but when that happens will not be a decision of Conner Bleackley’s.

“We’re just kind of day to day. It’s up to Brent (Rebels GM/head coach Sutter) now, plus it’s up to my body,” the Rebels captain and top sniper said Tuesday.

“There are three games left in the regular season and I really want to get in as quick as I can and kind of get tuned up before the playoffs. I haven’t played a game for over six weeks now and I’m definitely excited about getting back with the guys.”

Bleackley, who went down with a groin injury Feb. 6 and has missed 17 games as a result, won’t play tonight when the Rebels face the Hitmen in Calgary.

He could, however, be back for the Friday/Saturday home-and-home Western Hockey League set with the Edmonton Oil Kings.

“I’m not sure what Brent has in mind,” said the Colorado Avalanche prospect.

“He’s being really cautious about not rushing me into anything. For me, obviously I want to be out there, I’m kind of tired of watching games. I miss the game and I’m kind of antsy to get out there.”

Bleackley said he’s feeling close to 100 per cent healthy and has no desire to return to game action in a hesitant and cautious frame of mind.

“Obviously, it (slight discomfort) is still there, but I don’t want to ease into things,” he said. “I just want to get out there and play my game, just step in and play the same way I was when I came out.

“I thought I was starting to play well before I got injured and I don’t want to miss a beat when I come back.”

Sutter said he’d prefer to get Bleackley into the lineup for Friday’s game at Edmonton and the Rebels’ final regular-season outing 24 hours later versus the Oil Kings at the Enmax Centrium.

“We’ve been really careful with how we’ve handled this just because of the type of injury it is,” said the Rebels boss. “He skated for 25 minutes yesterday and today we’ll try to get him to go longer.

“If that goes well then tomorrow he’ll skate on his own and on Thursday he can go full practice. If all goes well, then hopefully we can have him for the weekend. That’s our goal.”

• Rebels forward Austin Adamson is also listed as day-to-day with a lower body injury . . . Former Rebels Brett Ferguson and Colin Archer, as well as Mitch Topping of Red Deer, celebrated a CIS hockey championship Sunday when the University of Alberta Golden Bears defeated the University of New Brunswick Varsity Reds 6-3 . . . Portland Winterhawks forward Oliver Bjorkstrand is the WHL player of the week for the period ending March 15. Bjorkstrand collected 11 points (5g,6a) in four games to help the ‘Hawks to a record of 2-1-0-1 for the week . . . The Vancouver Giants will host the 2016 CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game on Jan. 28. The event will be held at Pacific Coliseum. The 21st annual showcase will feature the CHL’s top-40 NHL draft eligible players featuring talent from the Western Hockey League, Ontario Hockey League and Quebec Major Junior Hockey League competing before hundreds of NHL scouts in attendance.

Just Posted

Maskwacis RCMP arrest, charge wanted man

A Maskwacis man is facing weapons-related charges after allegedly resisting arrest. Two… Continue reading

The shelter is full: Many abused women and children in central Alberta will face a tough holiday

Alberta has one of highest domestic violence rates in the country, says a report

Chinese ambassador warns Canada against adopting motion calling for sanctions

MONTREAL — China’s new ambassador to Canada is threatening “very firm countermeasures”… Continue reading

Liberal MP Anthony Rota upsets Regan to become Speaker in minority Parliament

OTTAWA — Liberal MP Anthony Rota has been elected Speaker of the… Continue reading

Supreme Court won’t hear appeal from former Nazi death squad member

Jewish groups across the country hailed the Supreme Court’s decision not to… Continue reading

Your community calendar

Tuesday The Central Alberta Council on Aging will hold its Christmas General… Continue reading

Chinese ambassador warns Canada against adopting motion calling for sanctions

MONTREAL — China’s new ambassador to Canada is threatening “very firm countermeasures”… Continue reading

Liberal MP Anthony Rota upsets Regan to become Speaker in minority Parliament

OTTAWA — Liberal MP Anthony Rota has been elected Speaker of the… Continue reading

Supreme Court won’t hear appeal from former Nazi death squad member

Jewish groups across the country hailed the Supreme Court’s decision not to… Continue reading

Consensus comes 30 years later that Montreal massacre was an anti-feminist act

MONTREAL — Thirty years after the worst mass shooting in Canadian history,… Continue reading

Angry Alberta legislature sitting ends with cross-party fight over room booking

EDMONTON — The fall sitting of the Alberta legislature has wrapped up,… Continue reading

Canadian skiers Remme, Gagnon pursue downhill gains for combined success

LAKE LOUISE, Alta. — Canada lacks a classic downhiller in women’s ski… Continue reading

Eating disorders stressful at Christmas

Eating Disorder Support Network of Alberta offering online support groups

Most Read