RED DEER ARENA OPENS THIS WEEKEND
RED DEER’S NEW SERVUS ARENA WILL OPEN THIS WEEKEND.
THE OFFICIAL OPENING EVENT FOR THE 21.6 MILLION DOLLAR PROJECT IS SET FOR SATURDAY (JAN 13).
RED DEERIANS WILL HAVE A CHANCE TO TOUR THE NEW DOWNTOWN FACILITY WITH THE OPENING CEREMONIES AT NOON AND FREE FAMILY FUN ACTIVITIES UNTIL 3 PM. DOORS OPEN AT 11:30 AM.
THERE WILL BE FREE SKATING SESSIONS THIS WINTER AT THE NEW ARENA FROM 6:30 – 8 PM ON THE FIRST THURSDAY OF EVERY MONTH, BEGINNING FEBRUARY FIRST.
CITY COUNCIL HAS ALREADY APPROVED JUST UNDER 42 THOUSAND DOLLARS IN OPERATING COSTS.
THE SERVUS ARENA REPLACES THE 64 YEAR OLD RED DEER ARENA THAT WAS DEMOLISHED IN 2016.
SERVUS CREDIT UNION CHIPPED IN A MILLION DOLLARS FOR TITLE SPONSORSHIP OVER 15 YEARS.
THE NEW FACILITY HAS AN NHL SIZE RINK, CAPACITY FOR 1,360 SPECTATORS, AN INDOOR WALKING TRACK AND A LINK TO THE PIDHERNEY CENTRE NEXT DOOR.
CANADA OLYMPIC MEN’S HOCKEY TEAM NAMED
THE 25 MAN ROSTER FOR THE TEAM CANADA’S OLYMPIC MEN’S HOCKEY TEAM HAS BEEN ANNOUNCED.
PRO PLAYERS FROM ACROSS NORTH AMERICA AND EUROPE WERE NAMED TO THE TEAM, WITH SEVERAL FORMER NHLERS.
AMONG THOSE REPRESENTING US AT THE OLYMPICS IN SOUTH KOREA ARE GOALTENDERS BEN SCRIVENS, JUSTIN PETERS AND KEVIN POULIN, ALONG WITH FORMER NHLERS DEREK ROY, MASON RAYMOND AND GILBERT BRULE.
CANADA WON THE LAST TWO OLYMPIC GOLD MEDALS IN VANOUVER IN 2010 AND SOCHI IN 2014, STACKED WITH NHL STARS.
NO NHL PLAYERS ARE ALLOWED TO PLAY IN THE OLYMPICS THIS YEAR.
IN THE NHL LAST NIGHT (THURS)……. CALGARY WON THEIR FIFTH IN A ROW BEATING TAMPA BAY 5-1, CAROLINA DUMPED WASHINGTON 3-1 AND BUFFALO TRIPLED COLUMBUS 3-1.
IN THE NHL TONIGHT (FRI)…. BOTH ALBERTA TEAMS ARE ON THE ICE, AS CALGARY VISITS FLORIDA AND EDMONTON IS IN ARIZONA.
ELSEWHERE, VANCOUVER TRAVELS TO COLUMBUS, WINNIPEG IS IN CHICAGO AND WASHINGTON GOES TO CAROLINA.
THE COLLEGE WOMEN’S HOCKEY GAME PLANNED FOR SYLVAN LAKE LAST NIGHT (THURS) WAS POSTPONED. THE RDC QUEENS WILL PLAY NAIT IN A MAKE-UP GAME LATER IN THE SEASON. MEANTIME THE QUEENS TRAVEL TO EDMONTON TO PLAY NAIT TONIGHT (FRI).
THE RDC KINGS HOCKEY TEAM WILL HOST THE U. OF A. AUGUSTANA VIKINGS SATURDAY NIGHT AT 7 IN PENHOLD.
THE RED DEER REBELS RETURN HOME TO THE CENTRIUM TONIGHT (JAN. 12TH 7 PM) AGAINST LETHBRIDGE.
THEN RED DEER HOSTS SASKATOON SATURDAY (JAN 13 7 PM). THE REBELS ARE CURRENTLY TIED FOR LAST PLACE OVERALL IN THE WHL, WITH EDMONTON, BOTH HAVE ONLY 30 POINTS. MOOSE JAW IS TOPS IN THE LEAGUE WITH 71 POINTS.
IN THE AJHL, THE OLDS GRIZZLYS TRAVEL TO BROOKS TONIGHT (JAN 12TH), THEN SUNDAY OLDS (JAN. 14) WILL BE AT HOME TO CANMORE @ 7 PM.
THE DRUMHELLER DRAGONS ARE HOME TO OKOTOKS FRIDAY (JAN [email protected]:30 PM) AND SATURDAY (JAN. 13) DRUMHELLER HOSTS THE CALGARY CANUCKS AT 7:30 PM.
IN HERITAGE JUNIOR “B” HOCKEY SATURDAY NIGHT THE RED DEER VIPERS WILL HOST THE THREE HILLS TRHASHERS AT 8 PM AT THE NEW SERVUS ARENA DOWNTOWN.
IN COLLEGE VOLLEYBALL, THE RDC QUEENS AND KINGS HOST SAIT TONIGHT (FRI) AT THE RDC GYM STARTING AT 6.
THE TORONTO RAPTORS HAD A BIG WIN AT HOME LAST NIGHT (THURS) WITH A 133-99 VICTORY OVER CLEVELAND.
IN NFL POST SEASON ACTION THIS WEEKEND….
ON SATURDAY ATLANTA VISITS PHILADELPHIA AND TENNESSEE IS IN NEW ENGLAND, THEN ON SUNDAY JACKSONVILLE TRAVELS TO PITTSBURGH AND MINNESOTA IS HOME TO NEW ORLEANS.
THE LEAGUE CHAMPIONSHIPS WILL BE SUNDAY, JANUARY 21ST, WITH THE PRO BOWL IN HONOLULU SUNDAY JANUARY 28TH AND THE SUPER BOWL IN MINNEAPOLIS ON SUNDAY FEBRUARY 4TH.
OLDS GRIZZLYS TRADES
The Olds Grizzlys have been active during this weeks trade deadline.
The organization took part in a three team transaction which saw F Chase Olsen being moved to the Spruce Grove Saints and G Josh Brindza to the Sherwood Park Crusaders. In return, the Grizzlys received D Tyler Pang and future considerations from the Crusaders. The last part of this deal sees F Tyson Gruninger being moved from Spruce Grove to Sherwood Park.
Tyler Pang arrives in Olds having played 26 games and scored 24 points for the Crusaders this season. The 99 born player is in his second year of junior hockey, having started his junior career in his hometown Victoria, BC. Pang will be expected to be in the line-up for this Sunday’s home game vs. the Canmore Eagles.
Coach Redmond adds “we are very ecxited to have Tyler join our organization. He will be a great addition to our roster and help the team make a push for the playoffs”.
The Grizzlys are very excited about this acquisition and would like to welcome Tyler to Olds!
Part of this deal sees hometown boy and captain Chase Olsen move to Spruce Grove. The Grizzlys would like to thank Chase for his unquestionable dedication and service to the team throughout the past two seasons. “Chase Olsen was our captain, and our leader”, associate coach Joe Murphy says, “His play while in Grizzly uniform was exactly the type of effort, and pride that we desire from all in our organization. While his skill and production will be missed, his leadership and attitude will be felt immediately.” Murphy adds, “the trade of Chase Olsen was not one that was approached carelessly. Chase was part of the process the entire way, as he was supportive of our organization. The Grizzlys are proud to be able to help Chases’ pursuit of a scholarship in this manner, by allowing him to go to a team that should have a long post season. Thank You, Chase!”
For the second part of yesterday’s AJHL trade deadline, the Grizzlys traded D Cale Cripps to the Humboldt Broncos for G Sam-Jackson Visscher.
The 98 born goalie has played for the Whitecourt Wolverines, in the AJHL, last season before joining the Humboldt Broncos. During his time with the Wolverines, Visscher put on a .908 regular season and .903 post season saver percentage. The 6’1” St. Albert, AB, product is currently in his second year of JR “A” hockey. The organization is excited about the addition of Sam-Jaxon and want to welcome him to Olds.
The Olds Grizzlys would like to thank Josh Brindza and Cale Cripps very much for their hard work and dedication to the team during their time in Olds. We wish both players all the best with their new teams and their future hockey endeavours.
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The Canadian figure skating championships continue today at the University of British Columbia. Kaetlyn Osmond and Gabrielle Daleman will participate in the women’s short program. Osmond and Daleman finished 1-2 at last year’s national championship.
Baseball players an their teams swap proposed salaries in arbitration today. Toronto’s Josh Donaldson is among the more than
170 players headed to the exchange. Most are likely to reach agreement today — the busiest day of the off-season. Donaldson can become a free agent after this season and is expected to command a one-year deal approaching or exceeding 20-million dollars U-S.