REBELS: Sass looking to build on eventful 2016-17 season

By Troy Gillard (Twitter: @Troy_Gillard)
September 13, 2017 - 4:35pm

On paper, the area where the Red Deer Rebels are perceived to be the strongest heading into the 2017-18 WHL season is on defence.

Carson Sass is a big reason why.

The Melville, SK native went through somewhat of a baptism by fire last season when he found himself on the ice in a bevy of situations a first year full-time WHLer normally might not.

From power plays to penalty killing to four-on-four, Sass more than held his own and, by season's end, was excelling when called upon.

The 18-year-old is now being counted on to take a leadership role in a defence corps that also includes the likes of a Alexander Alexeyev, Dawson Barteaux, Ethan Sakowich, Brandon Schuldhaus and, potentially, Jacob Herauf and Sam Pouliot.

Sass knows it’s up to him to prove he hasn’t forgotten all he learned last season…

Sass played in 64 regular season and seven playoff games for the Rebels last season, collecting 17 points and 30 penalty minutes.

He was drafted in round 3 (47th overall) by Rebels in the 2014 WHL Bantam Draft.

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