Red Deer teams looking to win midget AA provincials on home turf

The Central zone champion Red Deer Elks and the host Red Deer Indy Graphics Chiefs are among 10 teams competing in two pools of the provincial midget AA hockey championship tournament Thursday to Sunday at the Arena and Kinex. The provincials open at 3:45 p.m. at the Kinex with the Taber Golden Suns taking on the Peace River Royals. At 4 p.m., the Northeast Panthers and Wainwright Polar Kings will clash at the Arena.

The Central zone champion Red Deer Elks and the host Red Deer Indy Graphics Chiefs are among 10 teams competing in two pools of the provincial midget AA hockey championship tournament Thursday to Sunday at the Arena and Kinex.

The provincials open at 3:45 p.m. at the Kinex with the Taber Golden Suns taking on the Peace River Royals. At 4 p.m., the Northeast Panthers and Wainwright Polar Kings will clash at the Arena.

Following the opening ceremonies, slated for 6:45 at the Arena, Indy Graphics will face Edmonton Southside at 7:30 p.m. at the Arena and the Kinex will host the Elks and Calgary Royals for an 8:30 p.m. contest.

The Elks and Chiefs will play in separate pools.

The Spruce Grove Saints and Strathmore Wheatland Chiefs will see their first action Friday at 9 and 9:15 a.m. The tournament will resume Saturday at 9 a.m. and the semifinals are set for Sunday at 9 a.m. at the Arena and Kinex.

The championship final will go at 3 p.m. at the Arena.

• The Olds Grizzlys will host the peewee AA major provincials Thursday to Sunday.

Fort Saskatchewan, the Wainwright Polar Kings, St. Albert Sabres and Edmonton Icemen will compete in the Grizzlys’ pool, with the other pool consisting of teams from Grande Prairie, Beaumont, Okotoks, Strathmore and Springbank.

The tournament starts at 9 a.m. Thursday and concludes with Sunday’s 3 p.m. final.

• The midget B provincial championship tournament starts Thursday at Ponoka, where the host Moose will face the Viking Gas Kings at 8:15 p.m.

Other teams competing are the Rimbey Renegades, Westlock Warriors, Vermilion Tigers, Okotoks Oilers, Grimshaw Huskies and Rocky Mountain Renegades.

The semifinals are slated for 8 and 10:45 a.m. Sunday and will be followed by the final at 4:30 p.m.

• Trochu and Three Hills are the sites of the provincial midget C championship, hosted by the Kneehill Chiefs.

The tournament will also feature teams from Sundre, Ponoka, Provost, Drayton Valley, Pincher Creek and Gibbons/Bon Accord.

The tournament opens Friday at 8:30 a.m. and pool play will conclude with an 8 p.m. Saturday contest. The semifinals will be played at 9 a.m. Sunday and will be followed by the 3 p.m. final.

• Eight peewee D teams will attend the provincials at Big Valley, where the host Thunder will be joined by the Clive Black Hawks, Delburne Outlaws, Pembina Pirates, Kitscoty Renegades, Raymond Ice, Spirit River Rangers and Cremona Cowboys.

The first game is slated for Thursday at 6 p.m. The semifinals are scheduled for 8 and 10:30 a.m. Sunday, with the final set for 4 p.m.