The deep, emotional southern Alberta rivalry between Calgary Dinos and Lethbridge Pronghorns just took on an entirely new, family-based dimension as it was announced today that the Rodehutskors brothers from Chestermere High School on the outskirts of Calgary have made their university program committment: one to each of the Dinos and Horns.
Jeff Rodehutskors, a 6-8 forward, considered one of the top high school prospects in Western Canada, chose Calgary after considering several other schools. Jeff’s brother, Mark, although younger, is also graduating this spring, and the 6-4 wing has decided to go to Lethbridge to play for the Pronghorns. Mark represented Alberta at the Western Canada summer games and is only turning 17.
“I look forward to playing in the Dinos program for Coach Vanhooren,” said Rodehutskors told Calgary’s Sixth Man Dinos News. “ Calgary has a top program, and I’m excited to join this team and test myself at the next level.” Jeff is widely expected to make an immediate impact as a freshman given his scoring, rebounding and shot-blocking abilities.
The boys’ Mum, Beth, said, “I’m very happy for both of them ! I guess I’ll wear red in Calgary and blue in Lethbridge !”
Both Jeff and Mark are sons of the late Steve Rodehutskors, a two-sport star in CIS who went on to have an eight-year career in the Canadian Football League. The elder Rodehutskors had not played organized football before joining the Dinos in 1984 and quickly became a key cog on the Calgary offensive line, starting on the team that won the Vanier Cup in 1985. He previously played basketball for the University of Lethbridge, appearing in the national championship tournament with the Pronghorns in 1984. Tragically, their father Steve died almost 9 years ago at the tender age of 43 after contracting a rare form of cancer.
The Dinos also announced the commitment of another German import, 6’4″ point guard Maximilian Eisele, a close friend of current Dino Lars Schlueter.
Eisele hails from Ulm, Germany and is currently playing with Ehingen Urspring, where he comes off the bench for a 15-4 team that leads the South Division of the German Pro-A league (German Second Division). Eisele brings a championship pedigree to Calgary, having won a pair of national championships with Urspring. Eisele would presumably replaced Josh Owen-Thomas, the Australian import currently on the Dinos roster in his fifth and final season of eligibility.