I've received word this afternoon that the Castlegar Rebels have made a trade with the Fernie Ghostriders for two-time defending scoring champ, and local product Scott Morisseau. In exchange, the 'Riders receive 19 year-old forward Josh McGladery.
In Morisseau, the Rebels get a sniper who scored 42 goals and 97 points in Fernie last season, and put up 84 points (33-51) in Beaver Valley the year before that. Needless to say, the 20 year-old will fill a void left by the likes of Ryan Aynsley, though I've also received confirmation that forwards Anthony DeLong and Tyler Robinson are expected to return for their overage seasons as well.
In McGladery, Fernie gets a speedy forward with an absolute howitzer. Although McGladery only put up 13 points (3-10) in 44 games with the Rebels last year, he should thrive in an expanded role in the Elk Valley. The Vancouver product was also one of the more physical forwards with the Rebels in 2010-11, and is never afraid to throw a check or drop the gloves.
Welcome home Scott, and best of luck in Fernie Josh!
More Rebels news (on the coaching front) is expected to be announced ahead of this weekend's training camp in Osoyoos.