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Red Deer Rebels fall 5-3 to Calgary Hitmen
After watching the Edmonton Oilers suffer through injury riddle season after injury riddled season, it’s easy to see similarities and have sympathy for the Red Deer Rebels of the WHL. The team has been playing with their depleted roster for months now. Some games they were only short a couple of players, but other games they were down to 12 forwards and 4 defencemen. The worst part of the situation for the Rebels, who can they call up? The team does have affiliated players, but the teams they are currently playing for have the right to choose whether or not to release the players. It the affiliated player is required for games, the Rebels go without.

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Oil Kings Clinch WHL Eastern Conference Title

Oil Kings beat Rebels 5-2
A game that features two top ten prospects going into this year’s NHL entry draft is enough to garner attention. A Friday night WHL game featuring two top ten prospects in Red Deer is enough to attract a circus. As the scouts poured into the building, some wearing the logos of their teams, others merely with their clipboards and pens the importance of these final games became even more apparent.  While the Oil Kings’ have five players that will likely be drafted this summer, it is Griffin Reinhart who has stolen the spotlight. For the Rebels, the feature player is of course Mat Dumba.

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Fall Apart for Reinhart

There has been “fall for Hall,” “arson for Larsson,” “hoping for Hoppy” and there has even been talk of “fail for Nail” around Edmonton, but it is unlikely that the Oilers will have their third consecutive first overall pick. So, how about “fall apart for Reinhart?”

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Triumphant Return: Travis Ewanyk Rejoins Oil Kings Lineup

The Edmonton Oilers have been using their WHL affiliate team, “the other oil in town” the Edmonton Oil Kings unlike any other team in the NHL and the Oil Kings keep winning. Recently, the Oil Kings have been selecting in the expansion draft players that the Edmonton Oilers have drafted, players such as Kristians Pelss and Martin Gernat. And now, the Oilers have been drafting from within the Oil Kings roster as well.

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Triumphant Return: Travis Ewanyk Rejoins Oil Kings Lineup

The Edmonton Oilers have been using their WHL affiliate team, “the other oil in town” the Edmonton Oil Kings unlike any other team in the NHL and the Oil Kings keep winning. Recently, the Oil Kings have been selecting in the expansion draft players that the Edmonton Oilers have drafted, players such as Kristians Pelss and Martin Gernat. And now, the Oilers have been drafting from within the Oil Kings roster as well.

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Drew Czerwonka: Healthy and Scoring

From the moment we first met, I knew that we would get along. It’s not as though I’m a difficult person, but the Oilers have been doing an exceptional job of drafting all around good hockey players and people. Drew Czerwonka, captain of the WHL Kootenay Ice is certainly one of them.

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2012 Draft Prospect Griffin Reinhart Mid-Season

Griffin Reinhart and the Edmonton Oil Kings have been having an amazing season. The Oil Kings are leading the Eastern Division of the WHL and Reinhart is second in points for defencemen on the team. Leading the team is Oilers’ prospect Martin Gernat but the two are separated by only 4 goals, but 13 points.

Reinhart has 12 goals, 16 assists, 23 penalty minutes and is a +15 all with a quarter of a season left to play. These numbers make Reinhart and attractive prospect going into the 2012 NHL Entry Draft.

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Kootenay Ice Shutout Hitmen 4-0

Following their run to the Memorial Cup last season, the Kootenay Ice have been trying to prove that their success was no accident. They’re succeeding. As the calendar moves closer to the end of the WHL regular season, the Kootenay Ice are one of the teams who have pulled out as a force to be reckoned with. Their defencive play can frustrate and irritate the strongest of teams, and of course they can score.

The Kootenay Ice opened the scoring with a power play goal in the first period from Jagger Dirk with assists from Jesse Ismond and Sam Reinhart. Sam is the youngest of the three Reinhart brothers and not draft eligible until 2014. Already with the attention he is garnering it is becoming clear that he will likely be drafted the highest.

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Mat Dumba And The Red Deer Rebels Fall 9-5 to Moose Jaw Warriors

Watching a WHL game in the Red Deer Arena, the Enmax Centrium, is something completely different from a larger rink in a larger city. In Red Deer you may get funny looks as you walk through the concourse because you aren’t familiar, but those looks are always followed up with broad and genuine smiles. Red Deer is just a big little community. And everyone loves their local athletes; especially the Red Deer Rebels of the WHL.

Last season, the Rebels featured first overall draft pick Ryan Nugent-Hopkins. This season, many in the crowds sport brand new Oilers jerseys crested with Nugent-Hopkins. And then there is also Mathew Dumba, another high profile, first round draft pick. There is some exciting hockey to be seen in Red Deer.

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Oil Kings Topple Hitmen 9-5

The Oil Kings have taken all three games against the Hitmen at home, and after falling behind the Hitmen early in the first period, it looked as though the Hitmen may take all of their home games. But, hockey is a funny sport, and you often need to see the full sixty minutes.

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