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Two Big Wins For The Vipers Over The Weekend!


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By Sheldon Spackman

It was a great weekend for the Red Deer Vipers as they picked up two big wins, including one over the Heritage Junior Hockey League’s number one team, the Cochrane Generals.

That happened on Saturday night in Cochrane no less, as the Vipers won 6-4. Despite the Vipers out shooting the Generals in the first period, it was Cochrane who had a 1-0 lead after twenty minutes of play.

The second period was a huge one though for Red Deer. They got goals from Declan Johnston, Kale Lapointe on the power play, another from Lapointe which was unassisted and a third one from Lapointe for the second period hatrick. Cochrane scored once as well on the power play to make it 4-2 Red Deer after two periods of play.

The third period saw Cochrane score first on the power play to shorten the Vipers lead to 4-3 but Red Deer scored twice more with goals from Declan Johnston and a fourth goal of the game from Kale Lapointe to give the Vipers a 6-3 lead. The Generals would score one final goal before the period came to an end but fell short 6-4 to Red Deer.

The Generals loss dropped their record to 19-3-0 with 38 points but still first in the HJHL’s South Division and first overall. The Vipers played again the next day on Sunday against the Academy Bears in Banff, winning 4-3.

The Vipers were again the dominant team in this one, out shooting the Bears 53-31. They got first period goals from Declan Johnston and Logan Linnell and had a 2-1 lead after twenty minutes of play. The second period saw Banff score the only goal of the period and it came on the power play, tying it up at 2-2 after forty minutes. Banff took a 3-2 lead early in the third but the Vipers answered back with two more of their own with goals from Mack Differenz and Justin Van Tetering which was a short handed goal, to make it a 4-3 final in favour of Red Deer.

The Vipers record now stands at 13-6-0 with 26 points and third place in the HJHL’s North Division. Having won back to back games now, the Vipers next action is Saturday, November 26th at the Collicut Centre in Red Deer when they host the 8-9-1 Stettler Lightning at 8:00pm. The Lightning have 17 points and are fifth place in the North Division.

Elsewhere in the HJHL over the weekend, on Saturday, the Mountainview Colts lost to the Strathmore Wheatland Kings 6-3 in Didsbury, while the Thrashers lost to the Okotoks Oilers 10-3 in Three Hills and Stettler fell to the Copperheads in Coaldale 9-1.

The Lightning had more success on Sunday however, as they beat the High River Flyers 7-5 in Stettler, while the Wranglers put it to the Copperheads 6-1 in Blackfalds.

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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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