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Edmonton Oilers have their man




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    Ken Holland named Oilers GM and President of Hockey Operations

    Oilers Entertainment Group (OEG) announced today the hiring of Ken Holland as General Manager and President of Hockey Operations of the Edmonton Oilers

    Oilers Entertainment Group (OEG) announced today the hiring of Ken Holland as General Manager and President of Hockey Operations of the Edmonton Oilers.

    In this role, Holland will oversee all hockey operations for the Edmonton Oilers with full autonomy, reporting directly to OEG CEO Bob Nicholson.

    “The Edmonton Oilers are excited to welcome Ken Holland to the organization,” said Nicholson. “Ken’s experience as a hockey executive and NHL general manager is unmatched, and his arrival is an important step to the Oilers achieving the success we all want for the team. I look forward to working with Ken and he will have full autonomy over all aspects of hockey operations for the Edmonton Oilers.”

    “I am very happy to be joining the Edmonton Oilers,” said Holland. “I believe we can build something special in Edmonton and I look forward to putting a plan in place to make the Oilers a consistently successful team.”

    Holland, 63, was the general manager of the Detroit Red Wings for the past 22 seasons, capturing four Presidents Trophies (2002, 2004, 2006, 2008), 10 division championships (1991, 2001-2004, 2006-2009, 2011), five regular season conference titles (2002, 2004, 2006-08) and reaching 100 regular season points in 13 of his last 18 seasons.

    A native of Vernon, BC, Holland helped the Red Wings capture four Stanley Cup championships (1997, 1998, 2002, 2008), the most recent three while serving as general manager.

    Over his time as general manager with the Red Wings, Holland guided the team to more combined regular-season and post-season wins (1,044) than any other NHL franchise. The Red Wings reached the playoffs for his first 19 seasons as general manager, giving the organization 25 consecutive seasons in the NHL post-season (1990-2016).

    Prior to taking over as general manager of the Red Wings in 1997, Holland served in a number of different roles within the organization, including as assistant general manager (1994-97), general manager of the Red Wings’ American Hockey League affiliate (1994-97), amateur scouting director (1987-94) and western scout (1985-87).

    Internationally, Holland has served on several management staffs for Hockey Canada, winning gold medals at the 2010 and 2014 Olympic Winter Games and at the 2016 World Cup of Hockey.

    As a goaltender, he was drafted by Toronto in the 12th round, 188th overall, in the 1975 NHL Entry Draft, reaching the NHL for four games with Hartford and Detroit. Holland retired as a player after the 1984-85 season, transitioning soon afterwards into scouting.

    Holland played two seasons of junior hockey with the Medicine Hat Tigers from 1973-75 and later resided in the city from 1985-1994 working as a Western Canadian scout for the Red Wings.

    Holland and his wife Cindy have four children: Brad, Julie, Rachel and Greg.

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    Alberta Podcast Network

    ‘Speaking Municipally’ nerds out on civic politics




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  • What goes on at City Hall has more effect on your day-to-day life than anything any other level of government does, but not everyone has the time or inclination to pay close attention.

    Enter Speaking Municipally, a podcast that offers a weekly discussion on key stories in municipal politics in Edmonton.

    Hosts Troy Pavlek and Mack Male are passionate about the topic and keen to distill the information to its essence: “We pay attention to Edmonton City Council so you don’t have to!”

    Speaking Municipally is an offshoot of Taproot Edmonton, which Male co-founded in 2016 to help fill some gaps in the local media landscape. Taproot publishes stories based on what its members are curious about, as well as weekly newsletters rounding up information on topics of interest to Edmontonians, including the Council Roundup.

    Pavlek is a software developer with a deep interest in civic affairs, having run for city council in 2017 and serving as his community league’s president. Together, he and Male shine a light on local decision-making, and make a lot of bad puns along the way.

    Here’s a bit more about the team behind Speaking Municipally:


    Q. What will people get out of listening to your podcast?

    A. Our listeners get insight about the decisions being made at City Hall as municipal government is the one that most directly impacts their day-to-day in the city.

    Q. If you could have any guest on your show, who would you want?

    A. Troy: Coun. Jon Dziadyk

    Mack: Matthew McCauley, Edmonton’s first mayor, to hear his thoughts on how Edmonton has turned out.


    Q.What podcasts do you listen to?

    A. Troy: Serial, The West Wing Weekly, The Press Gallery, 99% Invisible, Let’s Find Out, Revisionist History, Slow Burn, S-Town, Trump Con Law, Decoder Ring, Walkcast, The Daily, Thunder Bay, PopCycle, Ear Hustle

    Mack: The Daily, BBC’s Global News, Freakonomics Radio, 99% Invisible, How I Built This, Planet Money, Canadaland, CBC Spark, Let’s Find Out, That’s a Thing?!


    Q. Do you have any unusual hobbies or talents?

    A. Troy: I eat Treatzza Pizza and watch movies.

    Mack: I make charts about my life, like the number of lattes I drink.

    Q. Write your own epitaph — what would it say? 

    A. Speaking Municipally was a long-running podcast that, despite the best efforts of its creators and passionate advocacy of its vocal core listenership, ended up proving conclusively that no one is interested in municipal politics.


    Q. What has been your favourite episode and why?

    A. Troy: A new Season — The first two-and-a-half minutes represent something that no Edmonton municipal politics podcast has done before. It was innovation.


    Mack: Terrawillegar Drive — Most of our episodes cover a variety of topics, so I really liked this one which went deep into a single topic.


    Be sure to connect with Speaking Municipally via Taproot Edmonton on Instagram, Facebook or Twitter. You can also follow the hosts on Twitter: @mastermaq and @troypavlek.

    Over the next several weeks, Todayville will introduce you to members of the Alberta Podcast Network, so you can invite even more Alberta-made podcasts into your ears! You can find Speaking Municipally and dozens of other shows at

    About Alberta Podcast Network

    The Alberta Podcast Network, powered by ATB, is on a mission to:

    • Help Alberta-based podcasters create podcasts of high quality and reach larger audiences;
    • Foster connections among Alberta-based podcasters;
    • Provide a powerful marketing opportunity for local businesses and organizations.

    Alberta Podcast Network Ltd. is pursuing this mission with funding from ATB Financial and support from other sponsors.

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    Update: AMBER ALERT Cancelled – Update




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  • March 16th, 8 AM

    Update from EPS:

    An off duty Calgary Police Service member spotted Hjalte and Noah while driving. Hjalte was arrested by RCMP in Okotoks and remains in custody. Hjalte is facing a charge of abduction under the Criminal Code, Section 283(1). Noah will be returned to his father.

    March 16th, 5:30 AM

    The Amber Alert for Noah Ducharme has been cancelled.
    Noah and his mother were located in Calgary at approximately 5:30 a.m. Noah is unharmed.



    Friday 11:45 PM

    The Edmonton Police Service is issuing an Amber Alert for a child who was abducted today (March 15, 2019) at 2:50 p.m. from the Waverley Elementary School in the area of 68 Street and 89 Avenue.

    Noah Ducharme, age 8, is 4 feet tall, approximately 70 lbs, with short brown hair, wearing a dark green hoodie, light coloured jeans, and yellow and black Nike prescription glasses.

    Noah was abducted by his mother Brianne Hjalte, 31, who is described as 5’7” tall, approximately 180 lbs, with dark shoulder length hair, wearing a dark jacket and dark pants.

    Hjalte and Noah left the area on foot heading westbound on 89 Avenue. They are believed to be travelling in a 2008 Silver, Jeep Patriot with Alberta plate Z W K 8 4 4.

    It is believed that Noah is in imminent danger. The public is advised to not approach the suspect.

    Anyone who sees this vehicle, Hjalte or Noah, is asked to call EPS immediately by calling the complaint line 780-423-4567, or #377 from your mobile phone.

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