Array

Array

Rebels bring Dixon home

The Red Deer Rebels had one player coming and one going Thursday, both of whom were members of the 2012 Telus Cup champion Red Deer Optimist Rebels Chiefs.

The Red Deer Rebels had one player coming and one going Thursday, both of whom were members of the 2012 Telus Cup champion Red Deer Optimist Rebels Chiefs.

The Rebels acquired defenceman Kolton Dixon, 18, of Red Deer from the Victoria Royals for a conditional WHL bantam draft pick and bid adieu to Scott Feser, another Red Deer product, reassigning the 18-year-old forward to the Camrose Kodiaks of the AJHL.

The six-foot-four, 185-pound Dixon played with both the Royals (39 games) and the AJHL Okotoks Oilers (13 games) last season. Brent Sutter expects him to play a significant role with the Rebels, who host the Regina Pats tonight.

“It’s a situation where we’re trying to upgrade our team and we felt we needed to continue to develop our younger kids while upgrading our back end,” said the Rebels general manager/head coach. “We’re adding depth to our team with a guy we feel can step in and be a top-five defenceman for us and push our top four guys. He’s raw, but he’s tough and he’s a great skater. He’s an upgrade to our team.”

The conditional draft pick owed to the Royals will depend on whether Dixon is still with the Rebels at a certain point of the season.

Dixon picked up two assists and 47 penalty minutes with the Royals last winter and had two goals and three points — as well as 60 PIMs — with Okotoks.

Meanwhile, Feser became a numbers victim as both his age and the Rebels’ depth up front worked against him. He sat out both of Red Deer’s season-opening wins over the Kootenay Ice last week and wasn’t tickled with the notion of being a part-time player.

“Scott and I have had discussions over the past week,” said Sutter, who described Feser as someone who could serve as anywhere from a 10th to 14th forward with the Rebels.

“It’s always hard for players to accept certain roles and on our team and this is the role he was going to have . . . there would be nights he’d be in the lineup and play significant minutes and there would be nights he would not be dressed,” he continued.

“We have 16- and 17-year-old players who have pushed ahead of him right now. We won both of our first two regular season games with our younger kids playing well and we weren’t going to take them out.”

Sutter tried to find Feser a spot with another WHL team, but had no success.

“This has nothing to do with Scotty. He’s a great kid but it came down to him just not being happy in his role,” said Sutter. “He wanted to play and I tried to do what I could within our league, but right now the interest isn’t there.

“Now he can go to Camrose and play a significant role with that team and I support that.”

Feser played nine games with the Rebels as a 16-year-old in 2011-12, recording two assists, and split last season between the Rebels and the Kodiaks.

He had a goal and five helpers in 31 games with Red Deer and put up 17 points (7-10) in 23 AJHL games.

Feser will stay on the Rebels’ 50-man protected list and could be recalled at any point this season.

Rebels

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

There were six additional deaths across Alberta reported over the past 24 hours, bringing the death toll to 1,926 since the beginning of the pandemic. (File photo)
AstraZeneca vaccine is ready to be used at a homeless shelter in Romford, east London, Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP-Frank Augstein
AstraZeneca-linked blood clot confirmed in Alberta

A case of an AstraZeneca-linked blood clot has been confirmed in Alberta,… Continue reading

The Red Deer Catholic Regional Schools Board of Trustees selected the name St. Lorenzo Ruiz Middle School to be built in the north end of Red Deer. (Photo Courtesy of  Red Deer Catholic Regional Schools)
Red Deer Catholic Regional Schools raises about $8,720 for Terry Fox Foundation

Red Deer Catholic Regional Schools raised about $8,720 for the Terry Fox… Continue reading

A nurse gets a swab ready at a temporary COVID-19 test clinic in Montreal, on Friday, May 15, 2020. Health Canada has reversed course on home test kits for COVID-19, saying it will now review applications for such devices. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Paul Chiasson
Alberta declines Ontario’s request to send health-care workers

Alberta is “not in a position” to send health-care workers out of… Continue reading

The Red Deer Rebels allowed four straight goals from the Medicine Hat Tigers Friday night on the road. (Photo by Rob Wallator/ Red Deer Rebels)
Tigers hand Red Deer Rebels 10th straight loss

Tigers 4 Rebels 2 Through 17 games in the shortened WHL season,… Continue reading

Red Deer Public Schools will not pilot the new draft curriculum at its elementary schools. (File photo contributed by Red Deer Public Schools)
UPDATED: Red Deer Public Schools says no to piloting new curriculum

Alberta Teachers’ Association support school boards

Ontario Premier Doug Ford points on a COVID-19 caseload projection model graph during a press conference at Queen's Park, in Toronto, Friday, April 16, 2021. Ontario was set to backtrack on controversial new police powers to enforce stay-at-home orders implemented in the battle against COVID-19.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Frank Gunn
Ford backtracks on new police COVID-19 powers amid intense backlash

TORONTO — Furious criticism of new anti-pandemic powers that allow police in… Continue reading

The official program for the National Commemorative Ceremony in honour of Prince Philip, The Duke of Edinburgh, sits on an empty pew prior to the ceremony at Christ Church Cathedral in Ottawa on Saturday, April 17, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick
Prince Philip remembered as ‘a man of great service’ during Canada’s memorial service

Canada’s commemorative ceremony in honour of the late Prince Philip offered a… Continue reading

CF Montreal head coach Wilfried Nancy speaks to his players during the team's practice Tuesday, March 16, 2021 in Montreal. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ryan Remiorz
CF Montreal puts on a show, defeating Toronto FC 4-2 in MLS season opener

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — CF Montreal, carving open Toronto FC’s defence, cruised… Continue reading

Demonstrators using umbrellas as shields approach a point in a perimeter security fence during a protest over the fatal shooting of Daunte Wright during traffic stop, outside the Brooklyn Center Police Department, Friday, April 16, 2021, in Brooklyn Center, Minn. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)
Journalists allege police harassment at Minnesota protests

Some journalists covering protests over the police fatal shooting of Daunte Wright,… Continue reading

A container ship is docked in the Port of Montreal, Wednesday, February 17, 2021 in Montreal.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ryan Remiorz
Montreal dockworkers begin weekend strikes as talks drag on

MONTREAL — Dockworkers at the Port of Montreal kicked off a series… Continue reading

Brad Dahr, 53, is facing numerous charges. (Photo contributed by Alberta RCMP)
Alberta man charged for alleged sexual offences against children

An Edmonton man has been charged for alleged sexual offences against children… Continue reading

A person walks past a COVID-19 mural designed by artist Emily May Rose on a rainy day during the COVID-19 pandemic in Toronto on Monday, April 12, 2021. Employment lawyers say flouting COVID-19 public health orders when off the job or coming into work while knowingly sick could warrant discipline in the workplace. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette
Risky pandemic behaviour off the clock could mean workplace discipline: lawyers

CALGARY — Employment lawyers say flouting COVID-19 public health orders when off… Continue reading

Vials containing Russia's Sputnik V vaccine for COVID-19 are seen at the San Marino State Hospital, in San Marino, Friday, April 9, 2021.  THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP-Antonio Calanni
China, Russia using their COVID-19 vaccines to gain political influence

OTTAWA — China and Russia have been using their locally produced COVID-19… Continue reading

Most Read