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Rebels ready to take next step

On the eve of the Red Deer Rebels’ Western Hockey League regular-season opener, Brent Sutter was counting the ways in which he’s comfortable with his opening-night group.

He came up with not one, not two, but three areas in which he’s already seen improvements over the 2013-14 non-playoff team that struggled due to a high number of fresh faces and a lack of administrative veterans, which, in turn, led to a somewhat dysfunctional locker room environment. READ

Lighting take down Cougars

The Hunting Hills Lightning were electric through the air and via the overland route Thursday night at Great Chief Park. The two-pronged attack resulted in a 28-7 victory over the Notre Dame Cougars before 556 fans and created a three-way tie for top spot in the Tier 1/2 Division of the Central Alberta High School Football League. READ

Stamps and Esks won’t find easy wins in the East this week

There is a common superstition that 13 is an unlucky number and we are now into Week 13 in the CFL. The bad luck encountered by two more quarterback starters in Week 12 proves 13 is just another number when it comes to misfortune and CFL quarterbacks this season. READ

Vikings pillage Kings in ACAC exhibition

It’s never too early in a season for a head coach to get on his players about discipline. Red Deer College Kings head coach Trevor Keeper did that follow their 4-2 loss to the University of Alberta Augustana Vikings on Thursday in Penhold in Alberta Colleges Athletic Conference men’s hockey exhibition action. READ

Oilers coach says team is improved

It’s been eight seasons since the Edmonton Oilers last made the NHL playoffs, so coach Dallas Eakins wasn’t talking much about expectations when the players reported for medicals on Thursday. Instead he was focusing on the “process.” While he and most of the players were quietly expressing optimism that the team is much improved over last season, Eakins said he wanted the team to “be modest. READ

Scoring goals, stopping pucks the talk of Calgary Flames training camp

Goaltending and goalscoring are the burning issues at the Calgary Flames training camp. Jonas Hiller signed a two-year, US$9-million deal with Calgary in the summer after the 32-year-old Swiss netminder dropped down the Anaheim Ducks goaltending depth chart at the end of his seventh season there. READ

Wild sign goalie Darcy Kuemper to 2-year deal after Harding goes down with injury

Former Red Deer Rebels goaltender Darcy Kuemper is on his way back to Minnesota to try to save the Wild’s muddled goaltending situation. Kuemper ended a summer-long stalemate with the Wild when he signed a two-year contract on Thursday night, one day after starting goalie Josh Harding was ruled out indefinitely with a broken right foot. READ

WHL teams add NHL flavour

In order to rise to the top of the coaching ladder, three longtime NHL assistants are dropping a couple of rungs first. Almost half the teams in the Western Hockey League will start this season with new coaches, with Tim Hunter, Bob Woods and Jamie Kompon coming directly from the NHL. READ

Blue Jays get belted by Orioles again to finish off sweep

The Toronto Blue Jays staggered out of Camden Yards, their playoff chances whittled down to a mere mathematical possibility after a spirit-crushing sweep at the hands of the Baltimore Orioles. Steve Pearce hit two homers and had four RBIs as the Orioles beat J.A. Happ and the Blue Jays 6-1 Wednesday night. READ

Peterson goes back to bench

Minnesota Vikings star running back Adrian Peterson was declared out, back in, then out again as he faces a felony child-abuse charge in Texas. This time, he could be gone for the season. “We made a mistake,” Vikings owner Zygi Wilf said, “and we needed to get this right.” READ

NHL training camps open to several questions waiting to be answered

As training camps open around the NHL, the San Jose Sharks have two former captains but neither one wearing the “C” and six teams have new head coaches, while the Toronto Maple Leafs have the same one amid promises of a changing culture. The Boston Bruins are up against the salary cap even after losing winger Jarome Iginla, and the Stanley Cup-champion Los Angeles Kings don’t know when goaltender Jonathan Quick will be 100 per cent healthy after off-season wrist surgery. READ

Kings coach excited about season

RDC Kings basketball head coach Clayton Pottinger couldn’t be more excited about the upcoming Alberta Colleges Men’s Basketball League season. Despite having only four returnees, as of now, Pottinger feels the Kings could be even better when it counts and that’s saying something considering they finished second at the CCAA championships last season, losing 88-86 to Langara College in the final. READ

New Queens coach focusing on hard work

Ken King was behind the eight ball before he even arrived at RDC to take over the Queens basketball team. King wasn’t hired until late May when most players had already committed for the 2014-15 season. However, thanks to some hard work by former coach Mike Woollard, before he left, and by King himself, over the phone, the Ontario native is pleased with his roster. READ

Lots of events lined up leading up for Hockeyville celebrations

Sylvan Lake is taking being crowned Kraft Hockeyville seriously. The lakeside community has lined up six days of events and celebrations beginning on Friday and winding up with the big National Hockey League exhibition game between the Arizona Coyotes and Calgary Flames on Wednesday evening. READ

Red Deer chosen as host for Esso Cup

Tack on another national-level event officially coming to Red Deer. The city was officially announced as the host for the 2015 Esso Cup, the female midget hockey Canadian championship, from April 19-26. The announcement was of little surprise, with word circulating about the decision as early as last season, but all of the details have now been finalized. READ

Devan Fafard is going from defence to forward for Rebels this season

He’s the ultimate team player, a veteran who’s willing to switch positions and help his club in whichever way possible. He’s Devan Fafard, a 20-year-old who is fighting for a job as a Red Deer Rebels forward after patrolling the club’s blueline the last two and a half seasons. READ

Blue Jays can’t stop Orioles from clinching division title

Champagne was spraying all around him, and Dan Duquette couldn’t help but laugh at the mayhem he helped create. The Orioles clinched their first AL East title since 1997 by beating Toronto 8-2 Tuesday night, and Duquette was right in the middle of a long overdue celebration in the Baltimore clubhouse. READ

Johnny Hockey turning heads in Calgary

Johnny Gaudreau has a single NHL game under his belt, but he’s already earned a very catchy nickname. Known as “Johnny Hockey” in an homage to Cleveland Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel and the “Johnny Football” brand, the slick Calgary Flames prospect is turning heads because of his moves, and his moniker. READ

Jays can’t ground soaring Orioles

The Toronto Blue Jays might have a chance to play a part in the clinching of the AL East title, although it isn’t exactly the role they had in mind back in April. If the Orioles beat Toronto on Tuesday night, Baltimore will clinch its first division title since 1997. READ

Canadiens going with captain by committee

Debate raged all summer over who would be the next captain of the Montreal Canadiens. And when the decision was announced Monday it was ... nobody. General manager Marc Bergevin said the team will go with four alternate captains rather than have one player wear the C. READ

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