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Rebels Take Game 1 Against Lethbridge – Game 2 Sunday March 26th!


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By Sheldon Spackman

The Red Deer Rebels are off to a good start in their first round playoff series against the Lethbridge Hurricanes. With game one in the Bridge on Saturday night, the Rebels drew first blood in the win column by defeating the Hurricanes 4-2 and taking a 1-0 series lead in the process.

However, it was Lethbridge who scored the opening goal of the series, when Tyler Wong put one behind Red Deer net minder Riley Lamb at the 13:52 mark to put the Canes up 1-0 after twenty minutes. Lethbridge also out shot Red Deer 13-8 in the opening frame.

In the second period, Lethbridge went up 2-0 when Ryan Vandervlis scored at the 3:14 mark but that was all the home team would muster on this night as Red Deer would score four unanswered goals the rest of the way. The first of those being with 1:18 left to play before the second intermission. A goal from Michael Spacek to make it 2-1 Lethbridge after two periods of play. It felt good for the Rebels to break the goose egg at that point as they out shot the Hurricanes 16-7 in the second period.

In the third, it was a tight game with Red Deer out shooting Lethbridge 9-7 but the Rebels made their shots count as they scored three times. Cameron Hausinger at 1:55 to tie it up at 2-2. Then Brandon Hagel on the power play with less than two minutes to play and Lane Zablocki on an empty net with four seconds left to make it a 4-2 final.

Game two of the best of seven series is Sunday, March 26th at 6 pm in Lethbridge.

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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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