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Alberta’s rich sports history- figure skating’s Jamie Sale and David Pelletier

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Todayville is proud to partner with the Alberta Sports Hall of Fame to showcase our rich sports history. We hope you enjoy this fascinating story of Jamie Sale and David Pelletier’s rise to the top of the figure skating world. This video was originally produced and showcased at their induction ceremony in 2004.

Red Deer, Alberta’s Jamie Sale and Sayabec, Quebec’s David Pelletier both started skating at a very young age. Jamie made her pairs Olympic debut at the 1994 Lillehammer Games at the age of 16 and later that year decided to pursue a singles career. She placed fifth as a solo at the 1995 Canadian Nationals in Halifax. David was an avid hockey player at the age of 15 when he made the choice to focus on figure skating. On March 10, 1998, Jamie and David brought together their talents and love for the sport and officially became a pairs team.

The pair was faced with many challenges when injuries struck both Jamie and David. Taking into account the time lost to injuries, the pair had been skating together for only a year when they came back to win the 1999 Skate America. They went on to win it again in 2000 and 2001. In 2000, Jamie and David won the first of their three Canadian Championships, and became the first pairs team ever to receive five perfect “6.0” scores. They won the World Championships in 2001, Skate Canada in 2000 and 2001, Four Continents Championships in 2000 and 2001, Hallmark Challenge Skaters Championships in 2002, Sears Open Figure Skating Championships in 2002, Grand Prix Final in 2001 and 2002, Ice Wars Championships in 2003 and the 2003 World Team Challenge.

The culmination of a lifelong dream came for Jamie and David came in February 2002, when they won a Gold medal at the Salt Lake City Olympics. They won the hearts of millions of fans around the world for the incredible grace and dignity they had demonstrated both on and off the ice.

The Alberta Sports Hall of Fame and Museum provides a family friendly interactive experience. Be surprised at what you will discover inside. Have fun, laugh, play together and learn about famous Alberta sports celebrities.

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The Alberta Sports Hall of Fame and Museum provides a family friendly interactive experience. It is located on the QE2 just west of Red Deer.  Be surprised at what you will discover inside. Have fun, laugh, play together and discover famous Alberta sports celebrities. Plan your birthday party, special events or corporate reception in a unique environment.

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Alberta Sports Hall of Fame Class of 2019: Mike Rogers, Hockey Athlete

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Mike Rogers played professional hockey for a total of 12 years; five years in the World Hockey Association, then seven years in the National Hockey League. Mike has the distinction of being one of only four players in the NHL to achieve 100 points in their first three seasons – the others are Wayne Gretzky, Mario Lemieux and Peter Stastny. Mike’s first year in the NHL was with the expansion Harford Whalers team in 1979/80. He scored 105 points in both his first and second year. Mid-way through the 1980/81season, he was named captain. Mike joined the New York Rangers for the 1981/82 season and led the team with 103 points. He averaged 67 points in his next three seasons as the team adapted a more defensive style of play. In 484 regular-season NHL games, he had 519 points. In 1974/75, during Mike’s first year in the WHA, he led the Edmonton Oilers rookies in goals and points and was selected the WHA’s Most Gentlemanly Player. He was traded to the New England Whalers in 1975/76 and was their top scorer in 1978/79. In 396 WHA games, he scored 145 goals and had 222 assists for 367 points.

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Alberta Sports Hall of Fame Class of 2019: James Donlevy, Football & Hockey Builder

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‘Jim’ Donlevy devoted his professional career to more than 50 years of coaching, teaching and administrative leadership. His career in football began in 1954 coaching Bantam and High School Football teams. He joined the Edmonton Huskies from 1961 to 1963 and won two Canadian titles. At the University of Alberta, he led the Golden Bears to four National Championship games and brought home the Vanier Cup in 1972 and 1980. He had the most wins of any Golden Bears football coach with 89 wins, 69 losses and 3 ties. From 1993 to 2015, Jim was the Western Hockey League’s Education Consultant. He built a formal education and scholarship program for the student athletes playing in the league. It is now considered one of the most comprehensive education programs for hockey in the world today.

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