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Broncos Steal Victory Over Rebels


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By Sheldon Spackman

A tough 2-1 overtime loss for the Red Deer Rebels at the hands of the Swift Current Broncos at the Enmax Centrium Saturday night. It was a tightly contested affair in the first period, with Swift Current only out shooting Red Deer 11-8 after twenty minutes but neither team managing to score.

The second period saw the Rebels get on the board first when Dawson Martin scored on the power play at the 10:33 mark to make it 1-0 Red Deer. A score that would hold heading into the second intermission, with the Broncos out shooting Red Deer by a few shots once again, 14-11.

In the third period, Speedy Creek kept plugging away and it eventually paid off, as Aleksi Heponiemi scored to break the shutout and tie it up at 1-1 with only 2:42 left to play. Regulation time finished with the teams tied at 1-1 and the Broncos out shooting Red Deer 14-6 in the final frame.

In overtime, it took Swift Current just 52 seconds to score the game winner. It was Sylvan Lake’s Tyler Steenbergen who put one behind Rebel’s net minder Riley Lamb who played outstanding, stopping 39 of 41 shots on the evening. A disappointing end to what was really a good night for the Red Deer goalie.

The overtime loss drops the Rebels record to 26-28-7-4 with 63 points and third place in the WHL’s Central Division. The Broncos improve to 33-20-4-6 with 76 points and third place in the East Division, clinching a playoff birth in the process.

Red Deer’s next game is Tuesday, March 7th when they host the Saskatoon Blades.

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Today: Come meet Red Deer’s Silver Medalist Rebecca Smith

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Submitted by Tourism Red Deer

Come celebrate with us and congratulate Red Deer’s own Rebecca Smith.

Alberta Sports Hall of Fame and Tourism Red Deer invite you to meet Red Deer’s Summer Olympic Silver Medalist Rebecca Smith!

Rebecca was a part of Team Canada’s 4 x 100-meter freestyle relay swim team at the 2021 Tokyo Olympics.  She’ll be here to meet, greet, and show off her hardware.

Where: Alberta Sports Hall of Fame, 102-4200 Highway 2, Red Deer

When:  Wednesday, August 25, 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

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Access to Dawe Centre pool and community centre affected by expansion project – Details

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Limited access to G.H. Dawe Community Centre this summer due to construction

Due to construction, access to the G.H. Dawe Community Centre will be limited this summer, with a full closure planned for August.

As announced yesterday, City recreation centres are opening fully to the public as of July 1. With construction underway at the G.H. Dawe Community Centre, only limited services and areas will be available.

Here’s what you need to know:

  • Starting July 2, fitness and gym areas will open from 10 a.m. – 8 p.m., daily. In July, summer day camps that normally operate from the Dawe will operate from other facilities.
  • The pool will remain closed until September.
  • To accommodate interior heating and ventilation construction, the facility will fully close from July 26 to August 31. Some registered preschool and summer camp programming may proceed, but no rental or general admission options will be available.
  • On September 1, we anticipate the pool will be open, but some other amenities, like the gym, may not be available. More information will be provided as construction progresses.
  • Playing surfaces in the arena will not be available until construction is complete, which is expected to be early 2023.

We are currently offering a discounted monthly Value Pass for $27 for adults ($24.50 for seniors; $21.90 for students; $19.30 for youth; $14.20 for children, and $60.50 for a family. It provides unlimited access to all facilities. As of August the Value Pass will only provide access to the Recreation Centre and Michener Aquatic Centre; however, access to the Dawe will be included in the Value pass until the pool, gym and fitness areas are open.

About the G.H. Dawe Community Centre Project

Work is underway now on the G.H. Dawe Community Centre Project and some exciting changes are in store. We expect to welcome visitors to the transformed space in early 2023. Here’s just some of what you can expect:

  • Two NHL standard playing surfaces
  • Expanded fitness areas, including a running track
  • Outdoor spray park with washroom facilities
  • Improved accessibility
  • Additional north entrance + site access from 67 Street
  • Additional parking

During construction, there will be some changes and impacts to existing amenities and programs, and we’ll do you best to share this information in advance. Thanks for your patience as we complete this work.

For more information about the project, please visit

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