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Local Sports Recap December 19th


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By Sheldon Spackman

Another busy weekend is in the books for Central Alberta sports teams.

In the Alberta Junior Hockey League, the Olds Grizzlys lost 6-2 to the Bonnyville Pontiacs on home ice Sunday afternoon. It was the Grizzly’s second loss in a row and drops their record to 11-18-5 with 27 points and seventh place in the AJHL’s Viterra South Division. Bonnyville improves to 25-9-4 with 54 points and tied for first place with the Whitecourt Wolverines in the Viterra North Division.

Olds goals came from Ryley Smith and Chase Olsen. The Grizzly’s next game is Friday, December 30th when they host the 15-15-4 Drumheller Dragons. The Dragons have 34 points and are sixth place in the South Division. It’s a 7:00 pm face-off at the Olds Sportsplex.

In Chinook Hockey League action on Sunday, the Innisfail Eagles lost 3-2 in overtime to the Chiefs in Fort Saskatchewan. Trevor Cameron and Chad Robinson scored for the Eagles, with Robinson’s goal coming on the power play.

The loss drops the Eagle’s record to 3-4-0-5 with 11 points and third place in the CHL. Fort Saskatchewan improves to 5-8-0-0 with 10 points and fourth place in the CHL. Innisfail’s next game is Saturday, January 7th when they visit the Chiefs in Fort Saskatchewan again for an 8:00 pm face-off at the Jubilee Recreation Centre.

Finally, in the Heritage Junior Hockey League on Sunday, The Blackfalds Wranglers lost 5-3 to Airdrie. Wranglers goals came from Brenden Davidson who scored twice, including once on the power play and from Ryan Chambers. The loss drops Blackfalds record to 16-10-0 with 32 points and fourth place in the HJHL’s North Division. Airdrie improves to 20-6-2 with 42 points and second in the North Division. The Wranglers next game is Tuesday, December 20th when they host the 6-17-3 Ponoka Stampeders at 7:30 pm. The Stamps currently have 15 points and are sixth place in the North Division.

Elsewhere in the HJHL on Sunday, Mountainview beat the Academy Bears in Banff 7-2.

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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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