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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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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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