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Rebels welcome new players

The Nelson Nogier who is draped in the colours of the Red Deer Rebels will look very much like the Nelson Nogier who wore a Saskatoon Blades jersey.

“I just have to make sure I play my steady game that got me to where I am today,” the 18-year-old defenceman said Tuesday, shortly after meeting his new teammates at the Centrium. “I’m not going to change the type of player that I was (in Saskatoon). I’m just going to make sure I throw on this Rebels jersey and make the logo proud.” READ

Nash powers Rangers past Flames

Rick Nash’s bounce-back season continued Tuesday night, along with the New York Rangers winning streak. Nash scored his 19th and 20th goals of the season to lead the New York Rangers to a 5-2 victory over the Calgary Flames for their fourth-straight win. READ

New coach, same result for Oilers

Oliver Ekman-Larsson scored with 0.3 seconds left in overtime, and the Arizona Coyotes beat the Edmonton Oilers 2-1 Tuesday night to end a team-record nine-game home losing streak. The game appeared to be headed to a shootout, but Ekman-Larsson took a feed from Sam Gagner and beat Ben Scrivens just before the horn sounded. Ekman-Larsson was swarmed by teammates after helping the Coyotes end a five-game losing streak overall. READ

Raiders’ balance has them poised for deeper run

The 2014-15 Lindsay Thurber Raiders senior girls basketball team possesses speed, balance and a desire to play like they practise. The attributes are paying off so far as the Raiders are off to a 3-0 start in the Central Alberta High School Basketball League season. READ

Queens enjoy learning experience during cultural exchange with Japanese University

The Red Deer College Queens volleyball team’s cultural exchange with Hokushu University from Ebetsu, Japan, continues to be a one-sided affair. Unfortunately for the Queens, their on the wrong side of the long standing exhibition series. READ

Edmonton Oilers fire coach Dallas Eakins amid disappointing season

Oilers general manager Craig MacTavish sacked head coach Dallas Eakins on Monday, saying while Eakins is taking the fall for mounting losses, he isn't solely to blame for what's shaping up to be another dismal NHL season in playoff-starved Edmonton. READ

Rebels land blue-chip defenceman in swap with Blades

Red Deer Rebels GM/head coach Brent Sutter paid a steep price but is confident he landed a blue-chip defenceman Sunday. “He’s a player we’ve had our eyes on for well over a year now, and yet we knew there would be a price,” said Sutter, after sending forward Mason McCarty and first- and second-round draft picks to the Saskatoon Blades in exchange for defenceman Nelson Nogier and forward Austin Adamson, both 18. READ

Rebels split road trip

The Red Deer Rebels played with energy but were firing blanks before 2,904 fans Sunday afternoon at Westman Place. The visitors directed 23 shots at Wheat Kings netminder Jordan Papirny without once finding the back of the net. The hosts, meanwhile, managed 22 shots at Rebels goaltender Rylan Toth and got the only goal they needed midway through the first period — a power-play tally from John Quenneville — in a 4-0 Western Hockey League victory. READ

Wranglers look for title sweep

At 21-0-2 the Blackfalds Wranglers are almost perfect this Heritage Jr. B Hockey League season. The ‘almost’ part, however, is what keeps driving the coaching staff. The good and the bad was on display during their 5-3 win over the Cochrane Generals (14-5-3) on Sunday afternoon in Blackfalds. READ

Maclise on new mission with Generals

The odyssey of Cam Maclise has landed the Lacombe hockey player with the Bentley Generals for the season. Senior hockey is a strange landing spot at 22 for one of the best junior A hockey players in the country over the last decade. But for one year at least, the Chinook Hockey League team will be his home. READ

Canadian cowboys end season with solid showing at NFR

Christmas for a trio of Canadian cowboys will be a little easier, thanks to ten days spent in Las Vegas. Not many people can leave that city with cash in hand, but Dustin Flundra, Curtis Cassidy and Jake Vold managed to earn some bonus bucks, as they put the finishing touches on their 2014 pro rodeo season. READ

Flames finish road trip with loss to Blackhawks

The Chicago Blackhawks found a higher gear in the third period, and Brandon Saad helped finish off the Calgary Flames.Saad scored with 7:03 left, and the Blackhawks beat the Flames 2-1 on Sunday night for their 12th victory in the last 14 games. After motoring past Calgary defenceman Mark Giordano, Saad took a centring pass from captain Jonathan Toews and lifted a shot past Jonas Hiller’s glove. READ

Oilers shut out at home by Rangers

Henrik Lundqvist didn’t have to do much for his fifth shutout of the season. Lundqvist only needed to make 16 saves as the Rangers won their third game in a row, defeating the Edmonton Oilers 2-0 on Sunday. READ

Chiefs hold off late charge for win over Pats

For 40 minutes the Red Deer Optimist Chiefs (6-10-5) looked like world beaters on Friday night, but they had to held on for dear life for the final 20. Pretty it wasn’t, but the Chiefs are desperate enough for wins that they are not about to turn down their 7-5 Alberta Midget Hockey League victory over the Knights of Columbus Pats (3-15-2) out of Edmonton at the Red Deer Arena. READ

Vold keeps winning with another big paycheck at NFR

There’s only one night left at the 2014 National Finals Rodeo in Las Vegas, but Jake Vold isn’t done winning yet. Friday night the Ponoka bareback rider picked up his biggest cheque of the event so far, and he’s had plenty of them. But this round he combined with the horse named Delta Glamorous for 84 points, which was only a point and a half behind the go-round winner, Kaycee Field. Once again, Vold was matched up with a horse he didn’t know, and didn’t have a chance to watch when he was out the first time in Las Vegas. READ

Oilers drop third straight with loss Ducks

Sami Vatanen and Ryan Getzlaf each had a goal and an assist as the league-leading Anaheim Ducks ran their winning streak to six straight games with a 4-2 victory over the Edmonton Oilers on Friday. Kyle Palmieri and Nate Thompson also scored for the Ducks (20-6-5) who have won nine of their last 11 games. READ

Flames’ slide grows to four

A few days off paid off for the Pittsburgh Penguins. Blake Comeau and Kris Letang scored early in the first period to lead the Penguins to a 3-1 victory over the Calgary Flames on Friday night. READ

Getting a taste of the action

He wasn’t there for a long time, but he had a good time. Lacombe’s Josh Smith resurrected his major junior career when he joined the Portland Winterhawks in the fall, but as a 20-year-old he fell victim to the numbers game, the ‘Hawks deciding that the five-foot-nine, 191-pound defenceman didn’t fit the bill as one of three overage players allowed on their Western Hockey League roster. READ

Rebels light up Blazers

If the last two home-ice games are any indication, Conner Bleackley has rediscovered his scoring touch. The Red Deer Rebels captain turned in a second consecutive two-goal home-ice performance Thursday in a 6-2 WHL win over the Kamloops Blazers in front of a recorded gathering of 4,367 at the Enmax Centrium. READ

Red Deer’s Smith breaking records in the pool

Rebecca Smith is only 14 years old, but she’s already one of the fastest swimmers in Canada. At the Ontario Junior International in Toronto on the weekend, the Red Deer Catalina Swim Club member claimed her second Canadian age group record, this time in the 50-metre freestyle at 25.40 seconds, beating the previous mark by 0.12 seconds. Two years ago she set the 200-metre backstroke time for 12-year-olds, a mark that still stands. READ

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