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Rebels break Broncos

The Red Deer Rebels had their name on the puck Friday night at the Centrium.

The Rebels played an aggressive, puck-possession style while rolling over the Swift Current Broncos 5-1 in a WHL contest viewed by a recorded gathering of 5,101. READ

Rebels welcome Bleackley back

Conner Bleackley arrived back in Red Deer this week feeling good about himself and his pro hockey future. That wasn’t the case one year ago when the Red Deer Rebels star forward and captain was returned to the WHL squad by the Colorado Avalanche earlier than expected, the reason being that Avs head coach Patrick Roy had issues with Bleackley’s conditioning. READ

Taking positives out of a bad situation

Kate Griffiths could well look at last year as a negative experience and a year lost. The 19-year-old Notre Dame grad attended Jackson State University on a golf scholarship, which turned out to be far from what she had hoped. READ

Scheifele scores pair Jets soar past Flames

Mark Scheifele got an up-close look at a couple of Winnipeg’s top prospects. He liked what he saw. Scheifele had a pair of goals as the Jets beat the Calgary Flames 3-1 on Thursday night in NHL preseason play. But it was his linemates Nic Petan and Nikolaj Ehlers — both who’ve yet to secure spots on Winnipeg’s opening night roster — that he was most impressed with. READ

Canucks’ offence comes alive in win over Oilers

It took some time, but the Vancouver Canucks have found their scoring touch. Bo Horvat had two goals and an assist and Sven Baertschi had four assists as the Canucks spoiled Edmonton’s spotless pre-season record with a 5-2 victory over the Oilers on Thursday. Vancouver had only scored seven goals total in its previous six pre-season games. READ

Burris sets record in Redblacks win over Alouettes

It’s not like Henry Burris needed any more accolades. Burris ran for two touchdowns, threw for another two and completed a record-setting night with 45 completions as the Ottawa Redblacks downed the Montreal Alouettes 39-17 on Thursday night. READ

Mathews looks to move on from rough debut to lead Ticats against Stamps

Hamilton Tiger-Cats rookie quarterback Jeff Mathews faces a daunting task in his first CFL start. Mathews leads the Ticats against the Calgary Stampeders on Friday as the top two CFL teams battle it out on in the second re-match of last year’s Grey Cup final. Despite his lack of CFL experience, Mathews said he’s prepared to face the defending Grey Cup champions. READ

Blue Jays clinch first division title in 22 years with win over Orioles

Buckets of champagne were ready, just sitting in the visiting clubhouse at Camden Yards. The Toronto Blue Jays celebrated clinching the American League East on the field but had to wait to complete a doubleheader before popping bottles. The franchise waited 22 years for this. What were another few hours? READ

Oilers forward Jordan Eberle out 4-6 weeks with a shoulder injury

The Edmonton Oilers announced Wednesday that forward Jordan Eberle will miss four to six weeks with a shoulder injury. Eberle left Tuesday night’s game against Arizona in the first period following a collision against the wall behind the Coyotes net. READ

Frolik finding his fit with Flames

When Calgary Flames general manager Brad Treliving signed forward Michael Frolik, the GM described him as a “Swiss Army knife.” The multi-purpose right-winger has spent training camp adapting to his new team and finding out where head coach Bob Hartley believes he’ll be the most useful. READ

McDavid arrival drives ticket prices outside Edmonton

Connor McDavid is already helping the Edmonton Oilers off the ice. Even before the start of the NHL regular season, the addition of the top draft pick has seen Oilers’ ticket sales climb 131 per cent compared to last year on the secondary market, according to READ

Queens go into season with strong veteran presence

Kelly Coulter knew very little about the Alberta Colleges Women’s Hockey League, or the RDC Queens for that matter, when he took over as head coach. But it didn’t take him long to be impressed with the 25-player roster that includes 12 returnees, two former Queens and two others who have league experience. READ

Scouts tag four Rebels in rankings

Red Deer Rebels GM/head coach Brent Sutter has some advice for the four skaters who were identified by Central Scouting Tuesday as players to watch this season in advance of the 2016 NHL entry draft. “Continue to develop, do not get caught up in some list that’s come out with your name on it,” said Sutter. “Don’t worry about that. Focus in on the process of becoming a better player and helping our team have success.” READ

Oilers stay undefeated with preseason win over Coyotes

Slow starts have hampered his chances in the past, but Anton Lander has picked up the preseason pace this year. Lander recorded a hat trick to take the team lead with five goals and six points in four games as the Edmonton Oilers remained perfect in preseason play, defeating the Arizona Coyotes 4-0 on Tuesday. READ

Hudler scores pair as Flames shut out Avalanche

Jiri Hudler scored his first two goals of the pre-season Tuesday night to lead the Calgary Flames to a 2-0 victory over the Colorado Avalanche. Calgary (4-2-0), which has won four straight games, will finish off with a home-and-home against Winnipeg. READ

Chiefs to rely on strong character

Character and consistency will be the keys to the Red Deer Optimist Chiefs’ Alberta Midget Hockey League season, in the opinion of head coach Brandin Cote. “I think we have a solid group and more importantly for us as coaches, we have a solid character group with kids that are together and willing to be a team,” said Cote. READ

Price makes Canadiens best hope to end Canadian Cup drought

With individual accolades all around him at the NHL Awards in Las Vegas, Carey Price’s mind was still on the Stanley Cup that had eluded him and his teammates. “I’d trade all four of these in for that one,” the star Montreal Canadiens goaltender said. “We have a lot of very good parts in Montreal and a very good hockey team. We’re gaining experience and I’m very, very happy and very excited about our future.” READ

Kings go undefeated in exhibition test

The last time the RDC Kings and Camrose Augustana Vikings met on the volleyball court it was in the Alberta Colleges Athletic Conference final. On that date the Vikings came from behind to down the Kings 3-2 to win the championship. While Saturday’s meeting in the Ramada Inns and Suites ACAC Southern Challenge tournament at RDC didn’t have the same meaning, nor the same level of competition, it had a bit of the same excitement. READ

Jays inch closer to AL East crown with win over Orioles

As they charge toward their first AL East title in 22 years, the Toronto Blue Jays are finding new and interesting ways to win. A team that has hit 223 home runs used a 60-foot dribbler to beat the Baltimore Orioles 4-3 Monday night. Toronto’s fifth straight victory, coupled with the Yankees’ loss to Boston, reduced the Blue Jays’ magic number for securing the division crown to two. READ

Rebels sweep Oil Kings to start season

The imports have already made an impact. Red Deer Rebels forwards Ivan Nikolishin and Michael Spacek made big-time contributions during the weekend as the 2016 Memorial Cup tournament hosts opened their WHL season with a home-and-home sweep of the Edmonton Oil Kings. READ

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