Ice alum joins Red Deer Rebels

Former Ice netminder Taylor Dakers takes over as goaltending coach for the Rebels.

A Kootenay Ice alumni has joined the Red Deer Rebels’ staff, as the club announced on Wednesday that Taylor Dakers will serve as the goaltending coach.

Dakers has recently served in the same capacity with the Everett Silvertips and works full time with World Pro Goaltending in Calgary.

Dakers played four seasons with the Kootenay Ice from 2003-2007 and was a fifth round pick of the San Jose Sharks in the 2005 NHL Draft.

“I’m very excited to be part of the Red Deer Rebels’ organization,” said Dakers. “There is a very strong tradition of producing great teams and great players. Being able to work alongside professionals like Brent Sutter, Jeff Truitt and Steve O’Rourke is an honour and I look forward to helping develop the best players we possibly can.”

Dakers will work with the Rebels roster goaltenders as well as prospects on the protected list and assist scouting staff in the evaluation of talent for the WHL bantam draft.

“We’re very pleased to add Taylor to our coaching staff,” said Rebels president Brent Sutter. “Taylor has coached goaltenders and he brings that coaching experience. Also, we were looking for someone that had played at a high level, he’s played in our league and professionally, so he brings that knowledge of the position too. We look forward to adding him to our coaching staff.”