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Local Sports Recap December 10th – 11th


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By Sheldon Spackman

Alberta Junior Hockey League action on Saturday night saw the Olds Grizzlys snap a six-game losing streak by beating the Oilers in Okotoks, 3-2 in a shootout. Ryley Smith and Austin Pickford scored for Olds in regulation time, while Ryley Smith also scored the game winner in the overtime shootout.

The win improves the Grizzlys record to 10-16-5 with 25 points and seventh place in the AJHL’s Viterra South Division, while Okotoks falls to 19-8-5 with 43 points and third place in the South Division. The Grizzlys next game is Tuesday, December 13th when they host the 22-9-2 Spruce Grove Saints who have 46 points and are fourth place in the AJHL’s Viterra North Division. It’s a 7:00pm face-off at the Olds Sportsplex.

Elsewhere, the Chinook Hockey League leading Lacombe Generals hosted the back half of a home and home series with the RDC Kings on Saturday night and lost to the young guns 5-4 in overtime. The two game Exhibition series between the teams resulted in two hard fought battles, with the RDC Kings prevailing by a goal each time.

Finally, the Red Deer Vipers played host to the Airdrie Thunder in Heritage Junior Hockey League action at the Collicutt Centre on Saturday night and beat the visitors 6-1. That puts the Vipers on a three-game winning streak and improves their record to 17-7-1 with 35 points and third place in the HJHL’s North Division. Airdrie drops to 18-6-2 with 38 points and second place in the North Division. Red Deer’s next game is Tuesday, December 13th when they visit the North Division’s fifth place Stettler Lightning.

Other HJHL results from Saturday night include Mountainview over Stettler 6-5 and Ponoka edging Three Hills 2-1.

On Sunday, December 11th, the Blackfalds Wranglers are in Medicine Hat to face the Cubs.

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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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