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Local Rebels players get a chance of a lifetime

As if lacing up the skates for the team they grew up watching wasn’t special enough.

Among the 28 Red Deer Rebels on the roster for the Western Hockey League playoffs, three grew up in the city they now play for. READ

Rivals take similar path to Memorial Cup

Thirty years ago, Brent Sutter and Dale Hunter were fierce, competitive NHLers. Now they coach fierce, competitive Canadian Hockey League teams. Hunter bought the Ontario Hockey League’s London Knights in 2000 and has coached them ever since. Similarly, Sutter bought the Red Deer Rebels in 1999 and took over as head coach. READ

Memorial Cup coaches 'Excited for the challenge'

Before the hostilities of competing for the MasterCard Memorial Cup, the coaches of the four teams involved talked about how they’re getting ready to square off. The puck drops on the 10-day tournament on Friday, but Wednesday evening Brent Sutter, Red Deer Rebels head coach; Dale Hunter, London Knights head coach; Gilles Bouchard, Rouyn-Noranda Huskies head coach; and Kelly McCrimmon, Brandon Wheat Kings head coach gathered in the Centrium. READ

Riggers get redemption with win over A’s

Out for redemption, the Red Deer Riggers got an early taste of it with a 12-5 win over the Sherwood Park Athletics. Last August, the Athletics beat the Riggers in the provincial final. The loss left a sour taste in the Riggers’ mouths and they’ve had all offseason to rebound. READ

Junior golfers develop life skills on tour

Picking up his first golf clubs at three-years-old, Sam Hamelin has his sights set on one day playing on the Canadian tour. For now, the 15-year-old Stettler resident will tee-off on the McLennan Ross Junior Golf Tour. Last year, Hamelin won two tour events at the Whitecourt Golf and Country Club and the Blackhawk Golf Club in Spruce Grove. At Whitecourt he shot a 78 and at Blackhawk he shot a 71. READ

Memorial Cup participants set

In rapid succession, the Red Deer Rebels have gone from being the lone decided participant to knowing their Memorial Cup opponents in a matter of days. Over a three-day period, the Western Hockey League, Quebec Major Junior Hockey League and Ontario Hockey League wrapped up their championship series. READ

Dexter makes return to Red Deer to join Kings

Tristan Dexter found his way home … well sort of. Dexter was born and raised in Red Deer, living here until moving north after Grade 9. While his home has been in Sherwood Park the last four years he’ll be back in Red Deer this fall, joining the RDC Kings volleyball squad. READ

Bucaneers look to new QB for help on offence

In year two of a rebuild, the Central Alberta Buccaneers have heard many times they have a solid defence and they just need to score a few points. Head Coach Devon Hand may have found the guy who can get touchdowns for the Bucs in quarterback Brandon Leyh. READ

Quinn back behind bench for Midget AAA Chiefs

A familiar face will be behind the bench of the Red Deer Optimist Midget Chiefs next season as Doug Quinn returns to coach a team he led to two straight national titles. Red Deer Minor Hockey general manager Dallas Gaume said Quinn was approached a few weeks ago about returning to coach the Midget Chiefs. READ

Cougars win historical championship

Seventeen Notre Dame High School badminton players qualified for provincials, and it took all 17 for the Cougars to emerge as 4A provincial team championships. For the first time in 22 years, the winner of that title is not from Edmonton or Calgary. Notre Dame became only the fourth team in the Alberta Schools Athletic Association to win the team championship joining Harry Ainlay, Western Canada and Archbishop Macdonald. READ

Riggers rout White Sox in home opener

A seven run fourth inning blew an otherwise quiet game wide open as the Red Deer Riggers opened their season with a 10-1 win over the Parkland White Sox. Four Riggers pitchers — Josh Edwards, Davin Gulbransen, Drew Boyer and Dustin Northcott — combined to hold the White Sox to one run on six hits Tuesday night at Great Chief Park. READ

Braves’ goal to challenge top tier

Five runs in three games isn’t enough to win ball games and the Red Deer AAA Carstar Midget Braves lost two of three games over the weekend to start their season. The weekend started with a 2-0 loss in the opener over the Sherwood Park Athletics. After that, the Braves rebounded with a 4-2, but came up short in the third game losing 5-1. First-year midget head coach Dwayne Lalor said the team pitched and played defence well, but couldn’t hit well. READ

Rebels Fancy top draft pick

The Red Deer Rebels traded out of the first round of the Western Hockey League Bantam Draft, but landed a goalie on the upswing. Byron Fancy, of Claresholm, played the 2015-16 season with the Lethbridge Golden Hawks. The Golden Hawks won the Alberta Minor Bantam Hockey League title and a bronze medal at the Western Canadian Championship. READ

Two Central Albertans selected in WHL Draft

It took three rounds, but WHL teams started taking players from Central Alberta, starting with Rocky Mountain House native Deegan Mofford. Only two Central Albertans were drafted by WHL teams in Thursday’s bantam draft. A total of 228 players were chosen, a large portion of those drafted were born in 2001. READ

Ulliac values Red Deer experience

Annie Ulliac grew up playing soccer in Edmonton, but it was an opportunity to play full time for the Red Deer Renegades in the Alberta Major Soccer League that brought her to Red Deer for a summer. Ulliac was looking for a place to grow as a goaltender as she prepared to attend university in the United States and the Renegades were the perfect fit. READ

Rampage open with pair of victories

Two wins are always a great way to start a season, but the Red Deer Rampage are always trying to be better. Their head coach, Trey Christensen, said after Saturday’s win over the St. Albert Crud, 12-9, the team still wants to be better. READ

Riggers ready to redeem themselves after tough end to last season

A strange, but disappointing ending to the Sunburst Baseball League final followed by a quarter-final exit at nationals is still fresh in the minds of the Riggers. “It leaves a bitter taste in everybody’s mouth,” said Riggers coach and shortstop Jason Chatwood. “When you lose Game 5 of the playoffs at home. READ

Red Deer minor baseball sees huge growth this season

Dwayne Lalor has to laugh when discussing how long he’s been president of the Red Deer Minor Baseball Association. “It’s been five or six years … I think this is six,” he said. But one thing he’s certain about is that he’s seen a big increase in the number of players involved in the sport since he took over. READ

Bantam AAA Braves looking for success with veteran lineup

A team of bantam veterans dot the lineup of the Red Deer Bantam AAA Braves, as they prepare for the season. Taking advantage of a few imports afforded to bantam AAA teams, the Braves are drawing a few players in from Innisfail and one player from Stettler. READ

Former player takes helm of Rampage

It’s a big transition, but at the same time it was the natural next step for Trey Christiensen moving into the head coaching role of the Red Deer Rampage lacrosse team. Christiensen was a player and assistant coach with the junior B team last season, but now at 22 he’s excited to step in to the new role. READ

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