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Wranglers Goaltending Stymies Vipers


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By Sheldon Spackman

An outstanding goaltending performance from Lane Brann helped the Blackfalds Wranglers hold off the Red Deer Vipers for a 3-2 win in Blackfalds Tuesday evening.

Despite the Vipers out shooting the Wranglers 45-23, Brann and his .955 save percentage on the night was a big factor in the Wranglers victory.

The first period saw Red Deer head into the first intermission with a 1-0 lead thanks to a goal from Damien Chopek with 41 seconds left to play.

The Vipers went up 2-0 when Drew Joslin scored at the 2:25 mark of the second period but Blackfalds got on the board less than eight minutes later when Landon Siegle scored on the power play to make it 2-1 Vipers heading into the second intermission.

The third period was a strong one for Blackfalds though, despite getting out shot 15-13, they scored twice with goals from Garrett Glasman and Brody Bolton. That turned out to be enough as the Wranglers held on to win 3-2.

The victory improves the Wranglers record to 13-7-0 with 26 points and fourth place in the Heritage Junior Hockey League’s North Division. They have now won back to back games while the Vipers fall to 14-7-0 with 28 points and third place in the North Division.

Blackfalds next game is Friday, December 2nd when they visit the 16-3-2 Mountainview Colts in Didsbury who have 34 points and are first place in the HJHL’s North Division. Red Deer’s next game is Saturday, December 3rd when they host the Mountainview Colts at 8:00pm at the Collicutt Centre.

One game in the HJHL on Wednesday, November 30th has the 5-14-2 Ponoka Stampeders hosting the 15-4-2 Airdrie Thunder. Ponoka has 12 points and are sixth place in the North Division while Airdrie has 32 points and are second place in the North Division.

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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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