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Rebels Put Kootenay On Ice And Host The Hitmen Saturday Night (Feb 25)


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By Sheldon Spackman

Make that back to back wins for the Red Deer Rebels after a 6-4 victory over the Kootenay Ice at the Enmax Centrium Friday night.

The Rebels got on the board first at the 9:49 mark when Austin Pratt scored his 13th of the season. Then less than two minutes later, Cameron Hausinger scored to put the Rebels up 2-0. Red Deer later went up 3-0 when Austin Glover scored a short-handed goal at 13:27. However, Kootenay’s Cale Fleury would score 27 seconds later on the power play to put the visitors on the board and make it 3-1 Rebels after twenty minutes.

The second period saw Red Deer go up 4-1 rather quickly when Evan Polei scored on the power play just 48 seconds into it. The Ice however would cut the Rebels lead to 4-2 heading into the second intermission when Kurtis Rutledge scored with just over a minute to play.

In the third, Kootenay’s Fedor Rudakov scored at the 8:46 mark to pull the Ice to within striking distance of Red Deer and make it 4-3. The Rebels Michael Spacek had other plans though, as he scored what turned out to be the eventual game-winner on the power play at the 12:23 mark to make it 5-3 Red Deer. Austin Glover then added a little insurance to the Rebels lead soon afterwards by scoring his 19th of the season and made it 6-3 Red Deer. Kootenay would close out the scoring though when Colton Kroeker put one behind Rebels netminder Lasse Petersen with just 36 seconds left to make it a 6-4 final.

The win improves the Rebels record to 25-27-6-4 with 60 points and third place in the WHL’s Central Division. Kootenay drops to 13-37-8-2 with 36 points and sixth place in the Central.

The Rebels will now be looking to put a winning streak together by beating the visiting Calgary Hitmen at the Centrium on Saturday night. It’s a 7 pm face-off.

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Today: Come meet Red Deer’s Silver Medalist Rebecca Smith

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Submitted by Tourism Red Deer

Come celebrate with us and congratulate Red Deer’s own Rebecca Smith.

Alberta Sports Hall of Fame and Tourism Red Deer invite you to meet Red Deer’s Summer Olympic Silver Medalist Rebecca Smith!

Rebecca was a part of Team Canada’s 4 x 100-meter freestyle relay swim team at the 2021 Tokyo Olympics.  She’ll be here to meet, greet, and show off her hardware.

Where: Alberta Sports Hall of Fame, 102-4200 Highway 2, Red Deer

When:  Wednesday, August 25, 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

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Access to Dawe Centre pool and community centre affected by expansion project – Details

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Limited access to G.H. Dawe Community Centre this summer due to construction

Due to construction, access to the G.H. Dawe Community Centre will be limited this summer, with a full closure planned for August.

As announced yesterday, City recreation centres are opening fully to the public as of July 1. With construction underway at the G.H. Dawe Community Centre, only limited services and areas will be available.

Here’s what you need to know:

  • Starting July 2, fitness and gym areas will open from 10 a.m. – 8 p.m., daily. In July, summer day camps that normally operate from the Dawe will operate from other facilities.
  • The pool will remain closed until September.
  • To accommodate interior heating and ventilation construction, the facility will fully close from July 26 to August 31. Some registered preschool and summer camp programming may proceed, but no rental or general admission options will be available.
  • On September 1, we anticipate the pool will be open, but some other amenities, like the gym, may not be available. More information will be provided as construction progresses.
  • Playing surfaces in the arena will not be available until construction is complete, which is expected to be early 2023.

We are currently offering a discounted monthly Value Pass for $27 for adults ($24.50 for seniors; $21.90 for students; $19.30 for youth; $14.20 for children, and $60.50 for a family. It provides unlimited access to all facilities. As of August the Value Pass will only provide access to the Recreation Centre and Michener Aquatic Centre; however, access to the Dawe will be included in the Value pass until the pool, gym and fitness areas are open.

About the G.H. Dawe Community Centre Project

Work is underway now on the G.H. Dawe Community Centre Project and some exciting changes are in store. We expect to welcome visitors to the transformed space in early 2023. Here’s just some of what you can expect:

  • Two NHL standard playing surfaces
  • Expanded fitness areas, including a running track
  • Outdoor spray park with washroom facilities
  • Improved accessibility
  • Additional north entrance + site access from 67 Street
  • Additional parking

During construction, there will be some changes and impacts to existing amenities and programs, and we’ll do you best to share this information in advance. Thanks for your patience as we complete this work.

For more information about the project, please visit

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