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Red Deer Rustlers take 8-3 record to Sylvan Lake for final game of 2018


From the Red Deer Rustlers… Photos courtesy Dennis Berg


The Senior Rustlers move to 8-3 in inaugural NCHL season

The Red Deer Senior Rustlers kept pace in the North Central Hockey League standings on Saturday night with a 6-2 victory over the visiting Eckville Eagles.

The Rustlers earned their second straight win, avenging a 3-0 loss to the Eagles back on November 23 in Eckville. They accomplished a similar feat last weekend against the then league-leading Morinville Kings.

“Tonight was a four-point game for us in the standings, and the whole team played hard and delivered,” said Assistant Captain Kyle Pess. “We really didn’t put forth our best effort the last time we played these guys, and just like last weekend against Morinville, everyone came out hard and got the job done.”

Pess notched a pair of goals against Eckville, his first two tallies of the season. Pess was held goalless through his first eight games, but still led the team with 10 assists.

“It’s a big relief, for sure,” said Pess. “The goalless streak became a bit of a running joke with the team, but I’m glad I was able to help the team out in a big way tonight, and of course to finally get that monkey off my back.”

Brennen Francon also notched two goals, including the short-handed game-winner, adding to his team-leading goal total, which now sits at eight. Ty Berkholtz added three assists, and leads the Rustlers with 17 points.

Red Deer heavily dominated Eckville on the shot clock, outshooting them 53-17. In his eighth start of the season, Brett Bothwell needed just 15 saves to earn his fifth NCHL win.

While four teams are tied with 16 points, the Rustlers sit in second place in the league, one point back of the Daysland Northstars.

The Rustlers play their last game of 2018 Friday night against the Pirates in Sylvan Lake. Puck drop is 8:30pm at the Nexsource Centre.

For more information on the Red Deer Senior Rustlers, contact, or follow the team on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook.


Armed Forces bring Grey Cup to Red Deer tomorrow (Friday)



3rd Annual Operation Tea Cup

Red Deer, AB – The Calgary Military Family Resource Centre (MFRC) is proud to announce the third annual Operation Tea Cup

For one day only, the Grey Cup is coming to Red Deer!

Delivered by military vehicles and escorted by members of the Canadian Armed Forces, the Grey Cup will be arriving at the Cormack Armoury and presented to Her Honour, the Honourable Lois E. Mitchell.

The Grey Cup is one of three cups donated by Lord Earl Grey to various sports organizations in recognition of athletic excellence. A second of these cups resides right here in Red Deer! Learn about the rich military history of these cups and be a part of history as these two cups are reunited by Her Honour, the Honourable Lois E. Mitchell.

In collaboration with our outstanding community partners, this multi-event day including a grey cup tour and private party raises awareness for our Canadian Forces and their deep-rooted connection to the Grey Cup. All proceeds are donated to our local Military Family Resource Centre (MFRC) to support military families throughout Central Alberta.

Cormack Armoury
4402 55 Street – Red Deer

Cup Presentations to Her Honour followed by Media: 3:15 p.m.  Friday, September 13, 2019

About the Calgary MFRC
The Calgary MFRC supports families of our Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) members within our service area of Southern Alberta, including Red Deer and Lethbridge. Our CAF soldiers, veterans and their family members face unique challenges that make being in the military an occupation different from any other. At the MFRC we aim to help lessen the impact of these unique challenges, which includes frequent separations, extended deployments and risks. The MFRC is a registered charity run by a volunteer board of directors that was started in 1991 by the Department of National Defense in conjunction with the Military Family Support Program. To learn more, visit

About the Red Deer Office
The MFRC works to empower and support our military families. We offer a variety of programs and services including mental health supports, social activities, workshops and training, family separation and reunification support, deployment support, children and youth programs, and referral services to help. Our families are the strength behind the uniform, and we’re here for them.

The Calgary MFRC has satellite offices in both Red Deer and Lethbridge. Each office caters to the specific needs of the forces in their areas. The Red Deer Branch is based at the Cormack Armory and serves a large part of Central Alberta.

Central Alberta is home to over 60 military families. The Canadian Forces in Red Deer consist of the Primary Reserve 78th Field Battery, which is part of the 20th Field Artillery Regiment, Royal Canadian Artillery, and the 2 Squadron, 41 Signal Regiment Reserve Force communications unit who provides communication information systems, strategic infrastructure services and support to 41 Canadian Brigade Group. Both units also operate out of Cormack Armory in Red Deer.

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