Red Deer Rebels forward Kristian Reichel signed a one-year deal with the AHL Manitoba Moose. (Photo by BYRON HACKETT/Advocate Staff)

Rebels forward Kristian Reichel signs with AHL Manitoba Moose

Red Deer Rebels forward Kristian Reichel took the next step in his hockey career this week.

He signed a one-year deal with the AHL’s Manitoba Moose, farm team for the Winnipeg Jets. The 20-year-old centre was the Rebels 2017 CHL Import Draft pick.

Reichel scored 34 goals and 23 assists in 63 games last season in his only campaign with the Rebels. He wasn’t selected in the 2018 NHL Draft but attended the Jets development Camp in Winnipeg this week. He was also at their camp last year.

As an overage player and an import, it was not likely that Reichel would have returned to Red Deer for the 2018-2019 WHL season.

The Czech forward will suit up alongside fellow countryman and former Rebel Michael Spacek, who also plays for the Moose. Spacek had 17 goals and 38 points in 70 games for the Moose last season.

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