Rebels send Chorney to AJHL after lack of playing time

Cole Chorney couldn’t break into the Red Deer Rebels lineup, but he’ll have a chance to display his skills with an Alberta Junior Hockey League team. The 18-year-old forward was pretty much a Rebels regular last season, scoring six goals and recording 11 points in 58 games.

Cole Chorney couldn’t break into the Red Deer Rebels lineup, but he’ll have a chance to display his skills with an Alberta Junior Hockey League team.

The 18-year-old forward was pretty much a Rebels regular last season, scoring six goals and recording 11 points in 58 games.

But he’s appeared in only six contests this fall, with a single assist to his credit.

As a result, Rebels GM/head coach Brent Sutter decided Monday to reassign the Beaumont native to a junior A team to be determined.

“With where our team is at today, it’s been hard to get him into the lineup,” said Sutter.

“There are some things with his game we want him to work on. He has a couple of junior A options. He has to decide what he wants to do and I’m sure he’ll make a decision in the next day or two.”

Sutter did not identify the two clubs in the mix for Chorney’s services, but did say both are AJHL teams. For the record, Chorney suited up with the Spruce Grove Saints for two games during the 2012-13 season.

“He needs to play and we’ll monitor his progress during the season and see where he’s at,” said the Rebels boss. “We’ll see where our situation is next year with us hosting (the 2016 Memorial Cup) and whether he’ll be in our plans.

“If he is, great. If not, then we’ll have to do something But right now it’s just about him playing. With the depth that we have up front, he has to work on some things if he wants to be a regular on our team.”

The Rebels host the Lethbridge Hurricanes Friday and entertain the Saskatoon Blades 24 hours later.

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