Coyotes star captain headed to Simon Fraser

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Osoyoos Coyotes captain Rainer Glimpel will play hockey for Simon Fraser University next fall as he majors in psychology, the Burnaby-based university is reporting.

“One of the biggest attributes about Rainer is his character,” said SFU head coach Mark Colleta. “There is no substitute for that on and off the ice, these are the types of student-athletes we want at SFU.”

Glimpel was the KIJHL’s MVP and leading scorer, putting up 85 points in 52 games for the Coyotes in 2015-16.

“Rainer will give us some size up the middle and with his offensive abilities we expect him to contribute on the scoresheet,” said Colleta.

“He’s a dynamic player,” agreed Coyotes head coach Ken Law. “Every time he’s on the ice you know something is going to happen; he makes the players around him better because they know if they get open he’ll find them.”

Rainer, a Calgary native, spent his entire junior career with the Coyotes, amassing 185 points (68G, 117A) in 155 games.

When asked to describe his game, Glimpel said ”I would describe myself as a playmaking centre with good speed and vision. I like to draw the opposing players towards me so that my teammates can find openings.”

As for his goals this season, “I want to crack the lineup and do whatever I can to help the team win.”

Rainer is the first recruit for the 2016-17 season for SFU.  He will be majoring in Psychology while at SFU.

SFU Men’s Hockey was re-established in 2004 and competes in the British Columbia Intercollegiate Hockey League. The program focuses on competition, academics, and community service as its core values.

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