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RDC King is ACAC Men’s Hockey Player of the Year!

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  • From RDC Athletics

    Butler and Thudium celebrated across ACAC Men’s Hockey

    Tanner Butler and Chase Thudium of the RDC Kings received special recognition on Friday, March 22 for their outstanding play during the 2018-19 Alberta Colleges Athletic Conference (ACAC) Men’s Hockey season.

    Butler was named the ACAC Men’s Hockey Player of the Year and a member of the First All- Conference team. Thudium was also selected to the ACAC Men’s Hockey First All-Conference team. The gifted student-athletes helped guide the RDC Kings (19-7-1-1) to third place in the standings.

    Butler, a graduating fifth-year, led all ACAC defencemen in regular season scoring, recording ten goals and 20 assists in only 26 games. Four of his markers were on the power play and one was a game-winning-goal. Impressively, Butler ranked 11th in overall league scoring while playing a sound defensive game.

    Thudium, a Business Administration student, finished tied for top spot in league goal scoring with 18. He also ranked second in points (37), only one behind ACAC leader Dean Allison of SAIT. The talented winger from Sylvan Lake scored three goals on the power play, one short handed and one game-winning-goal, and was a threat to score every time he stepped on the ice.

    In the quarter-final, the Kings swept the Concordia University Thunder in two games and then pushed the MacEwan University Griffins to overtime in all three games of the semi-final, but dropped a very close series.

    Butler, a well-rounded defender from Souris, Manitoba, had two goals and two assists in a pair of games against the Thunder in the opening round of the playoffs. Against MacEwan University in the next round, the Kinesiology student added two goals in three games and nearly helped the RDC Kings topple the two-time defending champions.

    While Thudium missed the quarter-final due to injury, he was a difference maker against the Griffins. The second-year forward had one goal and two assists in three games. One of his helpers was on his brother Dylan’s overtime winning goal in game two at the Gary W. Harris Canada Games Centre.

    Last season, Butler was named to the ACAC First All-Conference team and received the honour of being selected as the Red Deer Bottling RDC Male Athlete of the Year. This was Thudium’s first selection, in only his second year.

    The prestigious awards were announced prior to game one of the 2019 ACAC Men’s Hockey Championship held on March 22 at NAIT Arena in Edmonton. The MacEwan University Griffins and NAIT Ooks are competing for top spot in the best of three final.

    For more information about RDC Kings Hockey, please visit rdcathletics.ca.


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    Up and coming curler with great bloodlines is ASDC Athlete of the Month

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  • The Alberta Sport Development Centre – Central (ASDC-C) is pleased to announce that the ASDC-Central Athlete of the Month for March 2019 is Claire Booth.

    Claire Booth is a 15 year old Grade 10 student at Lindsay Thurber High School in Red Deer and a competitive curler.

    Claire has been curling for 7 years and this past season Claire competed in Alberta U18 Curling Tour, qualifying for Alberta U15 Bantam Championships and was a Red Deer Junior Curling Academy Silver Medallist. Last season Claire and her teammates captured the Gold Medal at Alberta U15 Bantam Championships, won the Red Deer Junior League, and competed in the 2019 Jeux Canada Winter Games Pre-Trials.

    Claire’s short terms goal for next season to win U18 Curling Provincials and represent Alberta at the Canadian Curling Championships, with a long term goal of competing the Scotties Tournament of Hearts.

    Claire also excels in the classroom as an Honours Student since Grade 6 and last year was named an Honours Student with Distinction. Claire’s goals in the classroom are to remain an Honours student and attend university in the medical field.  Academic Achievements: Grade 9 Honours With Distinction , Grade 8 Math Award , Grades 6-8 Honours Award

    Claire keeps herself busy with other sports (has played softball for the past 11 years) and enjoys travelling and hanging out with her friends.

    With Claire’’s strong work ethic, his undeniable athletic abilities and her training experiences with ASDC-Central, he will surely continue to grow, develop and succeed in her curling career!

    ASDC-Central thanks Tom Bast Sports for celebrating the ASDC-Central Athlete of the Month recipients by the provision of commemorative apparel for each recipient.


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    Central Alberta’s Parker Thompson Takes Double Podiums In His First Weekend of Sports Car Racing

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  • April 8, 2019

    BARBER MOTORSPORTS PARK, ALABAMA

    Touting #DriveAnything, Parker Thompson got behind the wheel of the #3 JDX Racing – Hertz – Byers Porsche GT3 Cup Car this weekend for his first experience in fender-to-fender racing action at the 2019 IMSA Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge USA season opener.

    “… I know Barber Motorsports Park very well with my background in open wheel cars, but this was a huge learning weekend for me…”

    As an experienced open-wheel race car driver, Thompson’s debut in the series generated significant intrigue about his potential in sports car racing. The final results did not disappoint. At the conclusion of each race, Thompson found himself celebrating on the podium. Third-place finishes in both race one and race two, position him 3rd overall in the GT3 Cup Challenge USA Championship standings.

    Both races saw hard battles and close quarter racing that is characteristic of the Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge, but race two was particularly close. Thompson’s #3 car took damage on lap four, destroying the front splitter and significantly challenging his pace from that point forward.

    As a result, Thompson found himself on the defence against sophomore drivers Maxwell Root, and JDX Racing teammate, Jeff Kingsley. Root showed tremendous pressure, often going side-by-side with Thompson on the winding road course, but he never managed to execute a full pass. Root would eventually collide with lapped traffic, leaving Thompson to defend Kingsley alone. The battle between the two young Canadians lasted right to the checkered flag, with Thompson managing to hold his spot and earn the final podium position.

    With this outstanding result, Thompson is excited about future opportunities to race in the Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge, but remains focused on the Indy Pro 2000 Championship. After winning the opening two races at the season opener in St. Petersburg last month, Thompson holds a significant lead in the Championship points standings.

    “… I know Barber Motorsports Park very well with my background in open wheel cars, but this was a huge learning weekend for me. I think I learned more about racing in the last four days than I have in the past year! I was driving a car that I’d never driven before; I had a new team and new crew behind me and the JDX Racing guys were just awesome. We all gelled really quickly and the atmosphere and communication under the tent was outstanding. The #3/JDX Racing/Hertz/Byers Porsche got better with every change and my understanding of what it takes to drive this car fast also grew. I’m ecstatic with our performance this weekend, but I’m equally as hungry for more results…”  – Parker Thompson

    Click below to learn more about Parker Thompson Racing.

     


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