Entz gains confidence at Rebels camp

Katie Brickman
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Generals goalie ready to take on starting role

The Red Deer Rebels have high regard for Colby Entz.

Colby Entz, Moose Jaw Generals goaltender makes a paddle save as members of the Regina Pat Canadians look for the rebound during Sask. Midget AAA Hockey League action at the Co-Operators Arena in Regina last season. Times-Herald photo by Katie Brickman

The Rebels reassigned the 16-year-old earlier this week. He will be the No. 1 goaltender for the Moose Jaw Generals.

“It was super good,” Entz said of the Rebels’ camp.

Entz played in the Black and White intrasquad game with the Rebels on Aug. 24 and the team was honest with what they want him to work on this year in the Saskatchewan Midget AAA Hockey League.

“They just want me to get lots of playing time and more experience,” said Entz. “They want me to learn more about the game.”

Shaun Sutter, Rebels assistant GM/director of player personnel told the Red Deer Advocate that the team is high on the listed player.

“He’s a smaller sized goalie who keeps finding a way at every stage,” Sutter was quoted. “He’s played well at every level. There weren’t too many 15-year-olds playing goal in midget triple A last year and he was one of them. And he had really good numbers. We expect him to be the best goalie in that league this season.”

Entz didn’t take much time off this summer after the team flamed out of the Telus Cup in April. He was back on the ice about a month after the tournament.

“I went to a couple goalie camps — one in Saskatoon and one with Eli Wilson in Edmonton,” Entz said. “We learned a lot in terms of technical stuff and even interviews … a little bit of everything.”

Entz wasn’t the only Generals player at the Rebels camp. Defenceman Kyle Sargent and forward Caleb Riess were both a camp, which helped Entz feel a little more comfortable.

“It was good because I knew some kids,” he said.

The Churchbridge native has high expectations for himself this season, as the team and coaching staff will rely on him to provide solid goaltending.

“I have to work on my consistency,” he said. “I am excited for this season and I am hoping that whoever the other goalie is, I can teach them. But, I know I have to compete hard too.”

Entz didn’t see much action at the Telus Cup tournament, but just being around that atmosphere helped him understand what he needs to do to help get the Generals back to that level.

“It was a great experience. It makes you want to get there again. The players were unreal,” he said.

Since coming back from Rebels camp, Entz has been working out and will head to Melville Millionaires camp of the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League before heading to Moose Jaw on Sept. 1 to get ready for the season.

“I want to bring leadership this year,” he said. “Everyone that came back or that Ray (Wareham) kept are great kids. I think it is going to be a better team than last year.”

Katie Brickman can be reached at 306-691-1260 or on Twitter @katiebrickman.

Organizations: Telus, Saskatchewan Midget AAA Hockey League, Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League

Geographic location: Saskatoon, Edmonton, Churchbridge Moose Jaw

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