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Didsbury Memorial Complex Evacuated And Postpones Colts Game Against Three Hills


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By Sheldon Spackman

There was supposed to be just one game in the Heritage Junior Hockey League on Wednesday night but it never took place, as smoke at the Didsbury Aquatic Centre forced the evacuation of the entire Memorial Complex, forcing the postponement of the Mountainview Colts game against Three Hills.

Jeff Dyck is an On-Air host from CKFM 96.5 FM All Hit Country in Olds, the Colour Commentator for the AJHL’s Olds Grizzlys and the Play By Play voice of the Mountainview Colts. He tweeted that the Didsbury Memorial Complex was evacuated once alarm bells started ringing at the facility. Dyck reported that four fire trucks and one ambulance responded to the scene and were checking the facility’s pool area.

The Town of Didsbury later posted this message on their facebook page regarding the incident:

“Earlier this evening the Didsbury Fire Department responded to smoke at the Didsbury Aquatic Centre. The source of the smoke could not be immediately determined and as a result, the entire building had to be evacuated and unfortunately the Colts game had to be postponed.

A furnace in the pool area was found to be the source of smoke and was dealt with by the fire department. There is no damage to the facility, everyone was evacuated safely and the Aquatic Centre will be open for business tomorrow morning (December 15th).

We apologize for the inconvenience of the evacuation, and thank the Didsbury Fire Department for their thorough and swift response.”

There is no word yet on when the Colts and Three Hills Thrashers game will take place.

(Photo courtesy of Jeff Dyck)

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End of an era for Red Deer Minor baseball Braves

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From Red Deer Minor Baseball Board of Directors

Following many discussions within the Red Deer community, the baseball community, our association members, as well as our board of directors we have made the decision to move forward with rebranding our teams, currently known as the Braves. For our association the Braves name symbolized warrior strength, bravery and resilience, all qualities we were proud to align with; and although the initial moniker of our teams was never intended to carry a derogatory or disrespectful connotation, for some, it has. The topic of our rebrand has been polarizing and arguments both for and against have been passionately presented. We have made the decision to move forward in the direction we feel is best for our association.

In alignment with the membership majority vote, the Red Deer Minor Baseball Board of Directors is excited to announce that we will now be known as the Red Deer Rangers.

The Red Deer Rangers will retain our current navy and crimson colors and will not adopt the colors or logo of the MLB, NHL, or any other Rangers franchise. We are looking forward to forging our own identity and embracing our own look.

As you can appreciate this is a complex initiative that will take time. We will remain the Braves for the 2024 season and aim to have our rebrand complete for the 2025 season.

All participants that submitted the Rangers name during our rebranding poll, will be entered into a draw to receive the first Red Deer Rangers jersey.

We hope you will join us in celebrating this positive endeavor as we create a new inclusive legacy for our association that all can be proud of.

RDMBA Board of Directors

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Red Deer Minor Hockey is proud to announce our new General Manager Lane Moore

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From Red Deer Minor Hockey 

The Red Deer Minor Hockey Board of Directors is pleased & honored to announce, after an extensive search, that Lane Moore has accepted the position of General Manager of Red Deer Minor Hockey.  Lane will start his new role early in the new year & is very excited about leading our organization into the future as we aim to provide a positive learning and maturing experience for all of our young athletes & coaches in a minor hockey setting.

Lane comes into the role of General Manager with an extensive resume, in both hockey and administration.  Lane has led the Bentley school as principal for the last 17 years & was an educator prior to that.  On the hockey side, Lane’s passion for coaching & engaging with young athletes, dates back to 2002.  His most recent involvement as a coach with Red Deer Minor Hockey saw Lane lead the U17AAA North Star Chiefs for 2 seasons (21-22, 22-23).  Prior to his work with Red Deer Minor Hockey Lane served as President of Rimbey Minor Hockey for several seasons.

One of Lane’s biggest strengths is his ability to create highly effective teams by building a common mission & vision & then executing on those through visionary leadership.  These attributes shone through during this General Manager search and we are thrilled for Lane to lead this organization now & into the future as we aim to be one of the premier Minor Hockey Associations in the province.

Lane, his wife Kathleen & their three children Easton, Cooper & Lexi call Red Deer home.  His son Cooper is the captain of Red Deer U18AAA Optimist Chiefs & his older son Easton is pursuing his hockey career and post-secondary studies in Massachusetts.  Please join us in congratulating Lane Moore as the new General Manager of the Red Deer Minor Hockey Commission, welcome Lane!

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