The Calgary Hitmen aren't the only ones who turned their season around at the WHL trade deadline.
The Red Deer Rebels, who won just two of five to start 2005, have rattled off seven wins in their last nine games.
Ty Morris, acquired from Moose Jaw by Rebels GM/coach Brent Sutter, has paid huge dividends. The left-winger, who turns 21 tomorrow, was named Greyhound WHL player of the week yesterday after scoring two goals and nine points in four games.
Morris, a Vancouver Canucks draft pick, goaltender Andrew Leslie and forwards Cam Lilley, Aaron Rome and Karey Pieper are all Sutter acquisitions.
"We added depth and the players we brought in fit our style and the system we like to play," Sutter told the Red Deer Advocate. "Now we're getting production from different players, not just one or two guys.
"The younger guys are fitting in now. They're feeling more comfortable and they're eager to make contributions. You can see the strides they're making."
The Rebels host the Vancouver Giants tomorrow night.
COACH THROWS A FIT: Dean Chynoweth showed he has a pretty strong arm last week. On Friday, the Swift Current Broncos GM/head coach threw a number of water bottles at referee Ryan Thompson -- who ended up needing a police escort out of town.
Chynoweth was tossed after Kootenay goaltender Jeff Glass pounded Swift's David Murray to the ice and received just a minor penalty.
The fans continued to pelt the ice with litter, resulting in a bench minor being assessed to the Broncos. Chynoweth was suspended for two games and fined $250 for his gross misconduct.
RECORD PACE CONTINUES: WHL goalies are setting a record pace. With seven weeks left in the season, the circuit's 'tenders have recorded 102 shutouts. The record, set last year, is 107 with the previous high (1999-2000) at 61. Goalies are on pace for 145 goose eggs this season.