Kelowna native Erik Wentzel is back in Castlegar after spending last season with the SJHL's Estevan Bruins. Wentzel spent two full seasons with the Rebels in 2007-08 and 2008-09, talling 44 points but also adding 357 penalty minutes. He told me he's ready to accept more of a leadership role being an overage player this season, and that means not only providing a physical presence but also "maybe putting a few more pucks in the net too."
To hear the full interview with Wentzel, click here.
Bits & Bites: a couple of trades in the KIJHL were announced yesterday, though one has been pulled off the league website. That would be Revelstoke's acquisition of overager Brooks Christensen from the Princeton Posse. Christensen was second on the Posse in scoring last season with 57 points. Creston Valley also dealt forward Brody Moen to Kamloops. Moen had 14 points and 80 PIMs with the Thunder Cats last season. The Rebels are still searching for a volunteer to operate the cameras for this season's pay-per-view webcasts. Interested parties should drop a line to the team at firstname.lastname@example.org.