The 2010 exhibition season officially gets underway tonight as the Castlegar Rebels head to the Boundary to take on the Grand Forks Border Bruins (7:30 PM, Grand Forks Arena). Rebels coaches have told me they expect to use their younger guys a lot over the course of the 3-game weekend. I'm interested to see what Grand Forks brings to the table as well. The Bruins will still be without goaltender Ryan Garber who is still with the Merritt Centennials of the BCHL, local fans could possibly get to see him next week in Trail in that league's opening weekend.
Of course, these two clubs will lock horns again tomorrow night at the Complex, be sure to come check it out and get a first look at your 2010-11 Rebels.
Bits & Bites: RiderNews has more on Scott Morisseau's arrival in Fernie. It appears as though he'll see his first action this weekend. The Ghostriders are 1-1 in the pre-season thus far. The PIJHL's Squamish Wolfpack have started their tour of the KIJHL well, beating Princeton 5-1 last night. They'll also play games against Osoyoos and Penticton. Trail defeated Brooks 6-2 last night in the opener of the Mountain FM Ashes tournament. Of note, Spokane defenseman Matt Tyson is trying out with the Bandits. The Braves also got their leading scorer from last season back, after Joel Stewart was cut by the NAHL's Wenatchee Wild. Stewart (19-38-57) also led the Braves in PIMs in 09-10 with 229. Spokane's roster also shows they've signed 20 year-old Alaskan Garrett Barr as their new starting goaltender, this after Cash Ulrich left to go to school. Barr played with the MJHL's OCN Blizzard last season.