By Sheldon Spackman
That’s back to back wins for the Red Deer Rebels over the Kootenay Ice this weekend. After a 4-1 victory for Red Deer in Cranbrook, B.C. on Friday, the Rebels picked up two more points at Kootenay’s expense on home ice Saturday night.
The first period saw Red Deer dominate in terms of shots on net. Out shooting the Ice 16-5 after twenty minutes but it was Kootenay who got on the board first with a goal from Vince Loschiavo at the 4:49 mark. A high, glove-side goal which came after a turnover at the Rebel’s blue line. However, it was all Red Deer after that, as the Rebel’s went on to score four unanswered goals in the rest of the period. They came courtesy of Ethan Sakowich, Evan Polei on the power play, which was the eventual game-winner, Brandon Hagel on the power play and Austin Pratt.
Heading into the second period with a 4-1 lead, Red Deer then went on to score two more unanswered goals in the second frame. They came courtesy of Lane Zablocki and Dawson Martin on the power play, giving the Rebels a 6-1 lead after forty minutes. The Rebels continued their dominance on the shot clock as well, out shooting the Ice 12-5.
The third period saw Red Deer edge Kootenay on the shot clock 9-6 but no one scored, resulting in a 6-1 final. Total shots were 37-16 for the Rebels.
The win gives the Rebels a 28-28-8-4 record with 68 points and third place in the WHL’s Central Division. Kootenay drops to 14-43-9-2 with 39 points and sixth place in the Central Division.
The Rebels next game is Tuesday, March 14th in Medicine Hat against the Central Division leading Tigers.
End of an era for Red Deer Minor baseball Braves
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
Red Deer Minor Hockey is proud to announce our new General Manager Lane Moore
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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