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Rebels Lose To Hitmen In Third Period Collapse – Rematch In Calgary Sunday (Feb 26th)


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By Sheldon Spackman

After what was looking like a possible Rebels victory, the team and it’s fans left the Centrium a little shell-shocked following a 6-3 loss to the visiting Calgary Hitmen Saturday night.

The first period was a tight one and went by fast, as no one scored and there were no penalties but Calgary out shot Red Deer 12-9.

Things opened up in the second period though. The Rebels out shot Calgary 19-9 and scored three unanswered goals. The first came from Austin Pratt at the 5:34 mark on a nice passing play to put Red Deer up 1-0. A few minutes later, it was Lane Zablocki’s turn to score as he put the Rebels up 2-0 on a nice wrist shot from the high slot. Red Deer went up 3-0 when Lane Zablocki scored his second of the night at the 18:20 mark. Then soon afterwards with only 51 seconds left in the period, Calgary got on the board with a power play goal from Matteo Gennaro. After what was largely a good period for Red Deer, it left a bad taste in the mouth of the Rebels heading into the second intermission with a 3-1 lead.

Once the third period was underway, the downward spiral that began for Red Deer at the end of the second period, continued for the final twenty minutes as well. Calgary went on to score five more unanswered goals to make it a 6-3 loss for Red Deer. Many of them scrambley type goals in front of the Rebels net. The Hitmen goals came from Andrei Grishakov, Luke Coleman, Jameson Murray who scored the eventual game-winner, Brady Regan on the power play for a little insurance on Calgary’s 5-3 lead at that point and another one from Luke Coleman to close out the scoring on the night. Calgary out shot Red Deer 26-9 in the third period and 47-37 on the night.

The win improves Calgary’s record to 24-27-8-2 with 58 points and fourth place in the WHL’s Central Division. That’s just two points back of Red Deer and two games in hand as well. The Rebels are now 25-28-6-4 with 60 points and third place in the Central Division.

That sets the stage for a big rematch with the Hitmen in Calgary on Sunday, February 26th. It’s a 4 pm face-off at the Saddledome.

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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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