Posted on: August 7, 2018
The Thompson Rivers University WolfPack baseball team has always had a good contingent of players from Fort McMurray, Alberta. That pipeline will continue going into the 2018-19 Canadian Collegiate Baseball Conference season.
Head coach Ray Chadwick has announced that the WolfPack have secured the services of Gage Brebant. Brebrant graduated this spring from Father Mercredi High School in Fort McMurray.
“I picked TRU because it is an elite Canadian baseball program that will help improve me as a player while getting a good education,” he said. “Also the fact that I know a lot of players on the team already.”
The 6’1” Brebant played this past season with the Milwaukee Brewers scout team and the Fort McMurray Midget “AAA” Oil Giants. He also saw some time with the Fort McMurray Giants of the Western Major Baseball League this summer where he was a teammate of current WolfPack players Tyler Moskaluk, Josh Iannetti, Tyler Hodder, Liam Rihela and Adam Filmon.
He plays all three outfield positions, first and third base and also catches. He says his speed, his arm strength, his defense and his ability to connect with the ball are his strengths. Brebant bats left.
“He is another good athlete from Fort McMurray,” says Chadwick. “We have been looking for a good left handed hitting catcher for the last few years. He will get a chance to play.”
“Years ago we started with Johnny Young,’ Chadwick explains about the pipeline from Fort McMurray. “Every year we get some outstanding talent. Frank Ingram (former TRU player and assistant coach) went up there to coach one summer. When he came back he brought some guys with him.”
Brebant becomes the fourth catcher on the WolfPack roster along with veterans Connor McKenzie (Kamloops, BC), Iannetti (Fort McMurray, AB) and Noah Foufoulas (Vernon, BC). “Gage’s ability to bat left will definitely put him into the lineup when the need arises. It adds more depth.”
Growing up, Brebant was helped by Iannetti on his coaching skills and was coached in minor baseball one year by TRU alum Regan Gillis, another Fort McMurray native.
Brebant knows that it will be a step up to the CCBC from what he is used to. ‘ I am confident though that I will be able to compete. I am excited to be a part of the WolfPack family and look forward to starting the season with Thompson Rivers.”
The other announced recruit committing to the WolfPack for the upcoming season is Josh Wright of Port Coquitlam, BC .
Brebrant was also looking at Okanagan College, Vancouver Island University and Santa Barbara before deciding on Thompson Rivers where he will take upgrading courses the first semester with an eye to getting into the Heavy Duty Foundations program through TRU Trades.
TRU will open its fall training camp in early September and play exhibition games until late October.