Ripplinger and Frei Back for 2nd Term
Canadian forwards Tristan Frei and Turner Ripplinger have each agreed a return to Spectrum for the coming season.
25 year old Frei made 34 Flames appearances last season where he posted 6 goals and 16 points before injury requiring surgery knocked him out for the remainder of the schedule.
The 5’9”, 175lb skater joined Spectrum’s men after 4 seasons with his hometown USports University of Regina Cougars where bagged 31 goals and 55 points in 109 starts. A highlight of his university stay was a trip to the World University Games with Team Canada where he had 2 goals and 3 assists while his side collected the Bronze Medal. Prior to his collegiate term, Frei starred in Junior with SJHL Melfort Mustangs where he had 59 goals and 84 assists across 164 games on the way to back-to-back league title runs in 2014-2015 and 2015-2016.
Ripplinger, 24, arrived in Flames gear late last season posting 6 goals and 8 assists in 16 games including 4 goals across 4 playoff starts. The 5’10”, 170lb winger spent 3 university seasons also with the Cougars where he had 8 goals and 19 points in 20 starts immediately prior to his Flames transfer during the 21-22 campaign. In 2019-2020, his rookie university season, he had 2 goals and 12 points then hit the Covid pause season the following term.
159 games and 3 seasons of junior hockey in British Columbia, Manitoba and Saskatchewan prior to the university jump yielded 9, 49 and 59 point seasons, respectively, and included the BCHL league title with Penticton Vees in 2016.
“It was unfortunate that Tristan was only able to play half the season,” said Paul Dixon. “He is a great skating, hard working player and his character and attitude is unbelievably positive.”
“Even when he knew he would not be re-joining the line-up before the season ended, he was still a consummate team guy, and had nothing but a positive impact on the room, and we are thrilled he will be back.”
“Turner joined us very late so he was only with us for about 25% of the season, but he definitely had an impact when he arrived, and really earned a chance to be back here.”
“For a guy who is not very big, he plays very hard and with a little bit of a sandpaper quality to his game. He gets himself to good spots and he chipped in offensively at times when we really needed it. We are looking forward to seeing how he will respond when he has a chance to enjoy a little more comfortable start when he can be with us from opening day.”