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Rebels Beat Blades 4-3 In OT


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By Sheldon Spackman

It took a little more than 60 minutes but the Red Deer Rebels eventually earned a victory over the Saskatoon Blades at the Enmax Centrium on Wednesday night. The Rebels beat the Blades 4-3 in overtime after it previously appeared as though they might go down to defeat early in the third period.

However, it was the Rebels Adam Musil who opened the scoring on the power play at the 14:27 mark of the opening frame to put the home team up 1-0. Saskatoon replied rather quickly though as less than a minute later, the Blades Wyatt Sloboshan scored to tie it up at 1-1 after twenty minutes of play.

The second period saw Saskatoon strike first with a goal from Jackson Caller at the 10:05 mark to put the Blades up 2-1 at the midway point of the game. That’s the way it would stay heading into the second intermission as well.

In the third period, the Blades Gage Ramsay scored on the power play at the 5:40 mark to put Saskatoon up 3-1 and inject a little concern into the Rebels crowd that this one might slip away on them. However, the Rebels had other plans as Evan Polei scored just 17 seconds later to make it a 3-2 game with still plenty of time to tie it up. That’s just what they did when Austin Pratt scored 3:42 later to make it a 3-3 draw after regulation time.

Red Deer’s game winner came 3:41 into extra time when Adam Musil got his second of the night to seal the comeback victory for the Rebels. That win improves their record to 13-11-2-2 with 30 points and second place in the WHL’s Central Division. Saskatoon drops to 10-16-2-0 with 22 points and fifth place in the East Division.

The Rebels next game is Friday, December 2nd in Lethbridge against the 12-11-1-2 Hurricanes who have 27 points and are third place in the Central Division.

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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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