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Rebels Win In Cranbrook Friday Night – Rematch Saturday In Red Deer!


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By Sheldon Spackman

A disappointing first period lead to a four goal explosion in the second for the Red Deer Rebels in Cranbrook, B.C. Friday night. That turned out to be all they would need to earn a 4-1 victory on the road over the Kootenay Ice.

The Rebels were out shot 12-5 after twenty minutes of play, with Kootenay scoring the only goal at the 9:00 mark. A power play effort from Vince Loschiavo to make it 1-0 Ice.

After the intermission, the Rebels seemed to have a little more jump in their step for some reason and out shot Kootenay 17-6, along with scoring four goals in the process. Those goals came from Evan Polei, Brandon Hagel who scored the eventual game-winner, Michael Spacek and Brandon Hagel again, this time on the power play, to make it 4-1 Red Deer after forty minutes of play.

With each team having one good period and one bad period at that point, the third was a tight battle, with Kootenay out shooting Red Deer 15-12. No one scored though, so it remained a 4-1 final.

The win improves the Rebels record to 27-28-8-4 with 66 points and still third place in the WHL’s Central Division. Kootenay drops to 14-42-9-2 with 39 points and sixth place in the Central Division.

No time to rest though. Both teams play each other again on Saturday night. This time at the Enmax Centrium for 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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