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Rebels Come-Back Ends In Overtime Loss To The Blazers


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By Sheldon Spackman

A tough loss for the Red Deer Rebels on home ice Tuesday night, as they struggled offensively for two periods against the visiting Kamloops Blazers, then fought back to tie it before losing 4-3 in overtime.

The first period saw the Blazers score the only goal. It came from Spencer Bast when he put one behind Rebels net minder Lasse Petersen at the 8:00 mark of the opening frame.

The second period saw Rudolfs Balcers put the Blazers up 2-0 just 1:07 into the period but Red Deer got on the board just over five minutes later when Cameron Hausinger scored for the Rebels at the 6:14 mark to make it 2-1 Blazers. Kamloop’s Deven Sideroff then scored on the power play later in the period to put the Blazers up 3-1 after forty minutes, where they were also out shooting the Rebels 27-13 at that point.

The third period though belonged to the Rebels. It began with Red Deer on the power play and resulted in a beautiful tic-tac-toe type play that ended with a quick goal from Austin Pratt to make it 3-2 Kamloops just 1:15 into the final frame. The Rebels kept pressing in the third period, out shooting the Blazers 19-3 and it eventually paid off, as Evan Polei tied it up at 3-3 with only 1:56 left to play to send the game to overtime.

However, it was not to be for the Rebels on this night, as Deven Sideroff scored his second goal of the evening for Kamloops. A break-away that ended with a high stick-side backhand to give Kamloops a 4-3 victory just 3:35 into the extra frame.

The loss drops the Rebels record to 16-12-4-2 with 38 points and third place in the WHL’s Central Division. Kamloops improves to 19-12-1-1 with 40 points and tied with Kelowna for second place in the B.C. Division.

The Rebels next game is Friday, December 16th when they host the Kelowna Rockets for a 7:00pm face-off at the Enmax Centrium.

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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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