GM Dale Hladun brought in 19 year old defenseman Anthony Gilbert from the Mission City Outlaws of the PIJHL (a Jr B league on the coast) to help shore up his blue line.
We were wondering how Hladun got Gilbert and if he knew him from somewhere and it tuns out that Gilbert had attended a few of
Hladun’s showcases (they are a sort of training camp held in the off season) so he was a
player the GM was familiar with.
Assistant Coach James Ouimet who coaches the D had this to say about Gilbert, "He's a great addition to our back end...his ability to read the play is very impressive..he's a strong skater who's moves the puck well...Anthony has a veteran presence that will benefit our team both on and off the ice"
Gilbert had an assist in his first game and
appears to be one of the Riders better defenseman and more importantly, he’s
not an import. Meaning he was carded in BC last season. In the KIJHL teams are
only allowed 8 imports and the Ghostriders currently have eight so if another good
out of Province player shows up, one of the imports will have to go. Interestingly
in the Junior A leagues in Canada imports are only from another country. If you
are Canadian you are not an import. It should be that way in the KIJHL, but it's not ...Hockey Canada sometimes you love them but
mostly you hate them and their stupid rules...
THESE ARE GOOD RULES WE CANT HAVE
(a) No player having Canadian citizenship shall be classified as an Import;
(b) Any player who meets the definition of Import in his first season of Junior A hockey shall continue to be classified as an Import when registering to play Junior A hockey in any subsequent season;
(c) The maximum number of Imports that can register and play on a Junior A team at any given time shall be seven (7) in the 2013-14 season, and shall be six (6) beginning in the 2014-15 season. A review of that maximum number shall occur prior to the 2015-16 season.
AND THESE ARE STUPID RULES WE CAN HAVE
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