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Four Red Deer players selected for Peewee Prospects Cup

Four Red Deer players are among eight Central Alberta skaters selected to compete in the Hockey Alberta ATB Peewee Prospects Cup May 7-10 at Olds.

Eight teams — two selected from players attending each of four regional camps held April 17-19 — will compete in the tournament. Twenty athletes comprise each roster, along with volunteers serving as head coach, assistant coaches, coach mentor, trainer, and director of operations. READ

Hiller to face familiar foe in second round of playoffs

Facing his former team in the second round of NHL playoffs is a spicy prospect for Calgary Flames goaltender Jonas Hiller. Prior to Hiller’s arrival in Calgary last summer, the Anaheim Ducks were his first and only NHL team. He was their No. 1 for the majority of his seven seasons in Anaheim until a precipitous fall from favour just over a year ago. READ

Chiefs expected to make strong run at another national title

Tom Bast could only wonder about what might have been. “A bounce here and there and it could have been a different story,” the Red Deer Sutter Fund Chiefs head coach said Saturday at the Arena following his team’s 2-1 loss to the Sudbury Lady Wolves in the final of the Esso Cup tournament, the Canadian midget girls hockey championship. READ

Chiefs edged in Esso Cup final

The Red Deer Sutter Fund Chiefs had to settle for silver Saturday at the Arena, but silver generally sucks. Still, the Chiefs took pride in the fact that they became the first host team in the history of the Esso Cup to reach the final of the national midget girls hockey championship. READ

Flames must find way to win in Anaheim

For the Calgary Flames to extend their Cinderella run in the NHL playoffs, they’ll need to conquer the hostile Honda Centre. The Flames open their best-of-seven Western Conference semifinal series on the road this week against the Anaheim Ducks. The NHL has yet to announce the schedule as other first-round series are still in progress. READ

Chiefs advance to Esso Cup final with shootout victory

Abba had the Dancing Queen; the Red Deer Sutter Fund Chiefs have the Shootout Queen. READ

Notre Dame hosts handball provincials

The Notre Dame Cougars boys handball team are hoping their home court advantage carries all of the way through Saturday. READ

Red Deer claws out win in shootout

Welcome back to the Esso Cup, Red Deer Sutter Fund Chiefs. The midget girl’s national championship hosts spent much of their games on Tuesday and Wednesday playing a step or three behind their competition. On Thursday, they were in danger of dropping their third straight contest and falling to fourth place in the tournament and a date with the top seeded Sudbury Lady Wolves. But then they woke up. READ

Little doubt Paddock worthy of Eastern coach of year nomination

There’s little doubt that John Paddock is worthy of his nomination of WHL Eastern Conference coach of the year. The former NHL bench boss and long-time minor pro coach did a masterful job of guiding the Regina Pats through the 2014-15 season, taking the club to the second round of the playoffs despite trading away a large handful of the team’s top players in January. READ

Canucks down Flames to force Game 6

Daniel Sedin scored early in the third period Thursday as the Vancouver Canucks avoided elimination with a 2-1 victory over the Calgary Flames in Game 5 of their Western Conference quarter-final. The Flames still lead the best-of-seven series 3-2, with Game 6 set for Saturday in Calgary. READ

Chiefs fall to Stars at Esso Cup

The Saskatoon Stars are not only the youngest team in the Esso Cup, they also appear to be genuine contenders. If not, they’re definitely in the neighbourhood, as they displayed Wednesday night during a 3-2 win over the host Red Deer Sutter Fund Chiefs in a Canadian midget AAA girls hockey championship tournament game at the Arena. READ

Flames head to Vancouver intent on eliminating Canucks

The Calgary Flames head to Vancouver with a magic number in mind. “We need four. We need four,” head coach Bob Hartley said. That’s four wins, which the Flames are one away from heading into Game 5 on Thursday against the Canucks. READ

Kings add depth with hopes of competing with top teams in ACAC

The Red Deer College Kings men’s hockey team has added three players to their roster with an eye to competing with the top teams in the Alberta Colleges Athletic Conference. After getting beat by a more physical University of Alberta-Augusta Vikings team in the first round of the playoffs and watching the likes of NAIT and SAIT push around everyone this year, head coach Trevor Keeper has kept that in mind with his recruiting this spring. READ

Chiefs drop first game of Esso Cup

The Red Deer Sutter Fund Chiefs have their first bit of adversity to deal with at the Esso Cup. The female midget AAA national championship hosts were mauled 7-2 by Ontario champion Sudbury Lady Wolves (3-0-0-0) on Tuesday night at the Red Deer Arena. READ

Flames take control of series with win

The Calgary Flames are a win away from advancing to the second round of the NHL playoffs for the first time in over a decade. Jiri Hudler led Calgary with a goal and an assist in a 3-1 win over the Vancouver Canucks on Tuesday. Calgary leads their best-of-seven Western Conference quarter-final three games to one. READ

Chiefs blank Thunder at Esso Cup

The Red Deer Sutter Fund Chiefs manoeuvred through the choppy waters early and after scoring a late first-period goal it was all downstream from there, thanks to a vintage performance from netminder Sarah Murray. “We weathered the storm in the first period and after that we got our feet under ourselves and sort of gained a bit more control. The third period was very evident of that, we didn’t give them very much,” said Chiefs head coach Tom Bast, following his host club’s second consecutive Esso Cup win Monday night at the Arena, 2-0 over the Pacific (Alberta/B.C.) champion Edmonton Thunder. READ

Ferland’s life, hockey career flourishing in NHL playoffs

Behind the emergence of Calgary Flames winger Michael Ferland in these NHL playoffs is the story of a young man unburdening and healing himself. Ferland announced on Twitter and also to reporters March 27 that he was marking a year of sobriety. Two days later, he scored his first NHL goal and a game-winner in Nashville. READ

Red Deer opens with a win

The host Red Deer Sutter Fund Chiefs shrugged off a mild case of jitters with a second-period explosion and downed the Moncton Rockets 4-1 in their opening game of the Esso Cup tournament Sunday at the Arena. READ

Prairie Fire primed to make a playoff run

The Prairie Fire Football Club is not letting a loss to powerhouse Calgary Hilltoppers derail their Calgary and Area Midget Football Association playoff dreams. Their 17-10 defeat at ME Global Athletic Park in Lacombe on Friday halted their two game winning streak, but the coaching staff is hoping to use the game as a spring board for the Central Alberta based team. READ

Bentley Generals can’t get by Prairie Thunder in Allan Cup final

The Bentley Generals couldn’t solve netminder Steve Christie and the defensive system of the Southeast Prairie Thunder in Saturday’s Allan Cup tournament final. The Steinbach, Man., based Prairie Thunder executed their trap to perfection en route to a 2-0 victory over the Generals. READ

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