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Rebels Take Out Hitmen


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By Sheldon Spackman

The Red Deer Rebels have extended their winning streak to four games after a 5-1 victory over the Calgary Hitmen at the Enmax Centrium Wednesday night.

Despite getting out shot 14-6 in the first period, Red Deer scored the only goal of the opening frame. It was Brandon Hagel on the power play at the 12:51 mark to put the Rebels up 1-0 after twenty minutes.

In the second period, Red Deer out shot Calgary 14-9 and took a 2-0 lead when Brandon Hagel got his second goal of the night on the power play at the 2:48 mark. It would eventually turn out to be the game winner. However, the Rebels weren’t done as Michael Spacek scored 9 minutes later to make it 3-0 Red Deer. Calgary would get on the board at 14:25 though with a short-handed goal from Beck Malenstyn to make it 3-1 Rebels heading into the second intermission.

The third period saw Red Deer out shoot Calgary 9-4 and add two more goals to their total on the night. Those came courtesy of Jordan Roy and Dawson Martin to make it a 5-1 final. Shots on goal ended 29-27 in favour of the Rebels.

The win improves the Rebels record to 30-28-8-4 with 72 points and third place in the WHL’s Central Division. Calgary drops to 28-32-8-2 with 66 points and fourth place in the Central. Both teams have two games left in the Regular Season, with the Rebels already having secured a playoff birth. The Hitmen however are battling with the Saskatoon Blades for the last playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. Calgary is three points up on the Blades and both teams have two games left on their schedules.

The Rebels next game is Saturday, March 18th when they host the Edmonton Oil Kings for their final home game of the Regular Season. 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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