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Rebels Start Road Trip With Loss In Seattle – In Tri-City Tonight (Feb 15)


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By Sheldon Spackman

It was a disappointing start to the Red Deer Rebels five-game road trip in Seattle Tuesday night, especially after the way they played against the Regina Pats at the Enmax Centrium last Saturday night. The Rebels lost 4-1 to the home town Thunderbirds and didn’t keep T-Birds goalie and former Rebel netminder Rylan Toth all that busy, with only 17 shots against him on the night.

The first period saw Seattle out shoot the Rebels 16-3 and head into the dressing room after twenty minutes with a 1-0 lead, thanks to a goal from Ryan Gropp at 13:29.

In the second period, Seattle out shot Red Deer 12-6 and took a 3-1 lead after forty minutes. Thunderbird goals came from Keegan Kolesar just 26 seconds into the period, which turned out to be the eventual game winner and Alexander True a who scored a couple of minutes later for a little insurance on Seattle’s lead. That led to Rebel’s coach Brent Sutter pulling Riley Lamb out of the net and putting in Lasse Petersen. The Rebels responded quickly to the change in goaltender with a goal from Colton Bobyk at the 2:55 mark to make it 3-1 Thunderbirds.

In the third period, Red Deer out shot Seattle 8-7 but it was the Thunderbirds who added another goal to their total, with Elijah Brown scoring at the 9:08 mark to make it a 4-1 final in favour of Seattle.

The Thunderbirds win improves their record to 36-16-3-2 with 77 points and first place in the WHL’s US Division. The Rebels drop to 23-25-6-3 with 55 points and third place in the Central Division.

Red Deer’s next game is Wednesday, February 15th in Kennewick, Washington against the Tri-City Americans who are 32-23-3-0 with 67 points and third place in the US Division. It’s a 8:05 pm face-off MST.

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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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