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RDC Curling Teams Earn Medals At National Championship!


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Saturday, was the final day at the Canadian Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) Curling National Championships in Camrose and both Red Deer College Curling teams were in the hunt for a medal. The Red Deer College Women’s Curling team (Brett DayKatie PrimroseSara McMannMarla Sherrer and Taylor Konschuh) peaked at the right time. After a strong Alberta Colleges Athletic Conference (ACAC) Curling Championships where the group earned silver, the women’s team elevated their game, defeated top seeded Fanshawe in the semi-finals and then won over the ACAC gold medal winners, Concordia, to earn a CCAA Women’s Curling National Championship. After a morning setback, the RDC men (Jordan Smith, Austin Kelts-Larsen, Ty Parcels, Ryan Dahmer and David Austin) showed persistence and picked up a bronze medal in the afternoon.

On sheet 3 at 9:30 a.m., the RDC Queens played well in the semi-finals, defeated the 1st place Fanshawe Falcons 7-5 and earned an opportunity to play for national gold. Concordia defeated NAIT 8-7 to set up a showdown between the 2 ACAC squads for the national title.

In the men’s morning semi-finals, the Mohawk Mountaineers defeated the RDC Kings 8-1. The Fanshawe Falcons won 13-5 over the Humber Hawks in the other semi-final. This set up a Fanshawe and Mohawk matchup for gold, while RDC and Humber faced each other for bronze.

In the medal games, RDC Curling Head Coach Brad Hamilton had both RDC teams well prepared and they came away with some hardware. At 2:30 p.m., the Red Deer College women faced a familiar opponent, the Concordia Thunder. Even though the Thunder won ACAC gold it didn’t faze the Queens. The RDC Women’s Curling team was sharp, defeated Concordia 7-6 and claimed a national gold medal. The Fanshawe women picked up bronze after they won 8-7 over NAIT. At the same time, the RDC Men’s Curling team soundly defeated the Humber Hawks 10-3 and earned a CCAA Curling National bronze medal. The Fanshawe men’s team won gold after they defeated Mohawk 7-4.

Once the RDC women’s team found their groove it was difficult for other teams to beat them.

“The women got off to a slow start but got on a roll to qualify for the playoffs,” said Hamilton, who was named the CCAA Women’s Curling Coach of the Year. “They saved their best for the playoffs and had two huge wins to take gold. Brett Day was named the CCAA Women’s Curling Tournament All-Star Second.”

Hamilton liked the ability of the RDC Men’s Curling team to persevere for a national medal after a setback in the semi-finals.

“The men had a great week winning the round robin,” said Hamilton. “Unfortunately, they struggled in the semi-finals but rebounded with a great game to win the bronze medal. Ryan Dahmer was named the CCAA Men’s Curling Tournament All-Star Skip.”

The RDC women last won CCAA gold in 2014 in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario. In 2012, the Red Deer College men’s team last picked up a national medal when they earned silver in Peterborough, Ontario.

2017 CCAA Women’s Curling Medals

Gold – RDC

Silver – Concordia

Bronze – Fanshawe

2017 CCAA Men’s Curling Medals

Gold – Fanshawe

Silver – Mohawk

(Photo courtesy of Tony Hansen)

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End of an era for Red Deer Minor baseball Braves

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From Red Deer Minor Baseball Board of Directors

Following many discussions within the Red Deer community, the baseball community, our association members, as well as our board of directors we have made the decision to move forward with rebranding our teams, currently known as the Braves. For our association the Braves name symbolized warrior strength, bravery and resilience, all qualities we were proud to align with; and although the initial moniker of our teams was never intended to carry a derogatory or disrespectful connotation, for some, it has. The topic of our rebrand has been polarizing and arguments both for and against have been passionately presented. We have made the decision to move forward in the direction we feel is best for our association.

In alignment with the membership majority vote, the Red Deer Minor Baseball Board of Directors is excited to announce that we will now be known as the Red Deer Rangers.

The Red Deer Rangers will retain our current navy and crimson colors and will not adopt the colors or logo of the MLB, NHL, or any other Rangers franchise. We are looking forward to forging our own identity and embracing our own look.

As you can appreciate this is a complex initiative that will take time. We will remain the Braves for the 2024 season and aim to have our rebrand complete for the 2025 season.

All participants that submitted the Rangers name during our rebranding poll, will be entered into a draw to receive the first Red Deer Rangers jersey.

We hope you will join us in celebrating this positive endeavor as we create a new inclusive legacy for our association that all can be proud of.

RDMBA Board of Directors

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Red Deer Minor Hockey is proud to announce our new General Manager Lane Moore

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From Red Deer Minor Hockey 

The Red Deer Minor Hockey Board of Directors is pleased & honored to announce, after an extensive search, that Lane Moore has accepted the position of General Manager of Red Deer Minor Hockey.  Lane will start his new role early in the new year & is very excited about leading our organization into the future as we aim to provide a positive learning and maturing experience for all of our young athletes & coaches in a minor hockey setting.

Lane comes into the role of General Manager with an extensive resume, in both hockey and administration.  Lane has led the Bentley school as principal for the last 17 years & was an educator prior to that.  On the hockey side, Lane’s passion for coaching & engaging with young athletes, dates back to 2002.  His most recent involvement as a coach with Red Deer Minor Hockey saw Lane lead the U17AAA North Star Chiefs for 2 seasons (21-22, 22-23).  Prior to his work with Red Deer Minor Hockey Lane served as President of Rimbey Minor Hockey for several seasons.

One of Lane’s biggest strengths is his ability to create highly effective teams by building a common mission & vision & then executing on those through visionary leadership.  These attributes shone through during this General Manager search and we are thrilled for Lane to lead this organization now & into the future as we aim to be one of the premier Minor Hockey Associations in the province.

Lane, his wife Kathleen & their three children Easton, Cooper & Lexi call Red Deer home.  His son Cooper is the captain of Red Deer U18AAA Optimist Chiefs & his older son Easton is pursuing his hockey career and post-secondary studies in Massachusetts.  Please join us in congratulating Lane Moore as the new General Manager of the Red Deer Minor Hockey Commission, welcome Lane!

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