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Flames and Oilers Alberta license plates available Monday

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Calgary Sports & Entertainment president John Bean (left), Service Alberta Minister Brian Malkinson and Edmonton Oilers Community Foundation executive director Natalie Minckler reveal new Calgary Flames and Edmonton Oilers specialty licence plates. 

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Flames and Oilers licence plates unveiled

Albertans have a new way to support their community and show pride for their favourite hockey teams.

 

Whether Albertans cheer for the Calgary Flames or the Edmonton Oilers, they can proudly display their support on their vehicles. Service Alberta is introducing two new specialty licence plate designs that feature team logos, slogans and colours. Money raised from the plates will benefit the Calgary Flames Foundation and the Edmonton Oilers Community Foundation.

“Albertans are passionate about hockey. We’re pleased to give them a way to not only express their loyalty to their favourite NHL team on their vehicles, but also give back to their communities. I’m looking forward to seeing the battle of Alberta extend to licence plates on our highways and roads.”

Brian Malkinson, Minister of Service Alberta

Starting Nov. 19, the plates can be ordered from Alberta registry agents for a one-time cost of $75 plus a registry agent charge. From those funds, $20 is retained by the government to recover costs of producing and shipping the plates, and the remaining $55 will go to the Calgary Flames Foundation or the Edmonton Oilers Community Foundation, depending on the plate selected.

“We are very appreciative of the Government of Alberta for inviting us to participate in this program. We look forward to sharing the proceeds raised by this initiative with charitable and other organizations based in southern Alberta in support of health and wellness, education and amateur and grassroots sports. The new licence plates will allow the Calgary Flames Foundation to continue to make a positive impact on the lives of southern Albertans and build on the over $32 million distributed since inception. Thank you for selecting the Flames brand to make a difference in our community.”

John Bean, president, Calgary Sports and Entertainment Corporation

“The Edmonton Oilers Community Foundation is excited for the opportunity to partner with the Government of Alberta on their specialty licence plate program. The proceeds from the licence plates will be used to help the Oilers Foundation pursue its goal of helping build strong, vibrant and safe communities, with a focus on programs that support health and wellness, education and minor hockey programing for youth in northern Alberta.”

Natalie Minckler, executive director, Edmonton Oilers Community Foundation

Plates will be mailed to Albertans after the order is placed through the registry agent. If they choose to register the plate to a vehicle after receiving it, standard registration fees apply.

The two new hockey designs are an expansion of the existing specialty licence plate program, which features the popular Support Our Troops design honouring current and former members of the Canadian Armed Forces.

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Stamkos seen: Lightning captain returns for Game 3 of final

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EDMONTON — Seen Stamkos? Just in time for Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Final.

Tampa Bay Lightning captain Steven Stamkos is making his 2020 playoff debut Wednesday, 211 days since he last played in an NHL game. It’s a return that has the potential to change the course of the series against the Dallas Stars that’s currently tied.

Stamkos last played Feb. 25.

He had surgery in early March to repair a core muscle injury and aggravated it during informal workouts over the summer. It seemed like Stamkos was on the verge of returning at the start of the post-season but may have had another setback.

Stamkos was on a 15-game point streak when he was injured.

Dallas is without veteran forward Blake Comeau, who appeared to injure his right shoulder on a hit by Ryan McDonagh in Game 2. The team called Comeau unfit to play, and Nick Caamano will make his NHL playoff debut in Comeau’s place.

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Stephen Whyno, The Associated Press

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More than 100 staff isolating as COVID-19 outbreaks at Calgary hospital grow

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CALGARY — More than a hundred staff are isolating after 26 cases of COVID-19 were confirmed at a busy hospital in Calgary.

Alberta Health Services says the infections include 17 patients and nine staff at the Foothills Medical Centre.

The cases are in two cardiac care units and one general medicine unit and the health agency says it does not appear that they are connected.

Three deaths have been linked to the outbreaks.

Officials say 114 staff are in isolation and the hospital is using overtime and reassignment to cover shifts.

Visitors are only being allowed for end-of-life situations or if they have been pre-approved as essential and there are temperature checks at all entrances.

Students and volunteers are not allowed on the affected units.

The hospital has set up multiple swabbing sites and staff and patients in the affected units are being screened for symptoms twice daily.

“At this time all of the services usually offered at FMC continue to be provided,” the agency said in a statement Wednesday.

“We are working hard to ensure the availability of specialized and staff physicians to continue to provide these services.”

The agency says the hospital remains a safe place to visit and receive care, as any COVID-positive or symptomatic patient is being isolated and treated in designated rooms.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Sept. 23, 2020.

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