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Local Sports Recap December 9th – 10th

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By Sheldon Spackman

In addition to the Rebels game in Calgary on Friday night, there was also plenty of other hockey action throughout Central Alberta or involving local teams in other locations.

In the Alberta Junior Hockey League, the Olds Grizzlys lost 6-5 in a shootout against the visiting Canmore Eagles. The Grizzlys losing streak now stands at six games in a row. They remain in seventh place in the AJHL’s Viterra South Division with a 9-16-5 record and 23 points. Their next game is Saturday, December 10th in Okotoks to play the 19-8-4 Oilers who have 42 points and are third place in the South Division. Okotoks has won back to back games heading into this one.

In the Chinook Hockey League, the Lacombe Generals played their first ever home game at the newly refurbished Gary Moe Auto Group Sportsplex on Friday night and beat the Fort Saskatchewan Chiefs 3-2. Lacombe’s next action is an Exhibition game with the RDC Kings on Saturday, December 10th, a rematch from last weekend in Penhold where the Kings got by the Generals 4-3.

Finally, in the Heritage Junior Hockey League on Friday night, the Red Deer Vipers hammered the Thrashers in Three Hills 11-3. The win improves the Vipers record to 16-7-1 with 33 points and third place in the HJHL’s North Division. The Vipers have now won back to back games and play their next one on Saturday, December 10th against the Airdrie Thunder at the Collicutt Centre in Red Deer for an 8:00pm face-off. Airdrie is 18-5-2 with 38 points and second place in the North Division.

Among the other games in the HJHL on Friday night, Mountainview doubled Airdrie 6-3. Other games on Saturday, December 10th include Mountainview hosting Stettler and Ponoka in Three Hills.

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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 reddeer.ca/DaweProject.

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