REAL COUNTRY SPORTS

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WED SPORTS (JULY 26)

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WORLD SWIMMING RECORD FOR CANADA

A NEW WORLD RECORD FOR CANADIAN SWIMMER KYLIE MASSE (MOSS) AT THE WORLD SWIMMING CHAMPIONSHIPS IN HUNGARY YESTERDAY (TUES).   MASSE WON THE GOLD MEDAL IN THE 100 METRE BACKSTROKE.  SHE'LL HAVE ANOTHER SHOT AT A MEDAL TODAY (WED) AS THE ONTARIO SWIMMER COMPETES IN THE 50-METRE BACKSTROKE.

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BLUE JAYS BASEBALL

THE TORONTO BLUE JAYS HAVE WON TWO IN A ROW AFTER A 4-1 VICTORY OVER OAKLAND LAST NIGHT (TUES).   GAME THREE OF THE FOUR GAME SERIES IS BACK IN TORONTO TONIGHT (WED).

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RIGGERS BASEBALL

THE RED DEER RIGGERS BEAT TEAM ALBERTA 20-6 LAST NIGHT (TUES) AT GREAT CHIEF PARK IN AN EXHIBITION GAME.  TEAM ALBERTA IS PREPARING  FOR THE CANADA SUMMER GAMES IN WINNIPEG THAT GET UNDERWAY THIS WEEKEND.   TEAM ALBERTA IS MADE UP OF MOSTLY MIDGET TRIPLE "A" PLAYERS AND IS COACHED BY RED DEER'S DWAYNE LALOR.

TEAM ALBERTA LEAVES FOR THE GAMES THURSDAY MORNING, WITH THE OPENING CEREMONIES FRIDAY.  ALBERTA OPENS UP AGAINST B.C. ON SATURDAY. 

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WOMEN'S BASKETBALL

CANADA'S WOMEN'S BASKETBALL TEAM TAKES ON MEXICO TODAY IN THE ROUND OF 16 AT THE FIBA (FEE'-BAH) UNDER-19 WORLD CUP IN ITALY.

THE CANADIANS CLINCHED FIRST PLACE IN THEIR GROUP YESTERDAY WITH A WIN OVER LATVIA, GOING 3-AND-0 THROUGH PRELIMINARY-ROUND PLAY.

CANADA'S MEN'S TEAM WON GOLD EARLIER THIS MONTH IN EGYPT AT THEIR VERSION OF THE SAME TOURNAMENT.

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NHL DEALS

DEFENCEMAN MARK STREIT (STRITE) IS RETURNING TO THE MONTREAL CANADIENS TO A ONE-YEAR CONTRACT REPORTEDLY WORTH 700 THOUSAND DOLLARS (US).  STREIT WAS SELECTED BY THE CANADIENS IN THE NINTH ROUND OF 2004 DRAFT AND PLAYED HIS FIRST THREE N-H-L SEASONS IN MONTREAL. THE 39-YEAR-OLD SWISS NATIVE HELPED PITTSBURGH WIN A STANLEY CUP LAST YEAR.

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THE NEW YORK RANGERS HAVE SIGNED CENTRE MIKA ZIBANEJAD (ZIH-BAHN-IH-JAHD) TO A 26.75-MILLION-DOLLAR (US), FIVE-YEAR DEAL.  THE 24-YEAR-OLD SWEDE HAD 14 GOALS AND 23 ASSISTS FOR 37 POINTS IN 56 GAMES LAST SEASON, HIS FIRST WITH NEW YORK. THE RANGERS ACQUIRED ZIBANEJAD FROM THE OTTAWA SENATORS FOR DERICK BRASSARD A YEAR AGO.

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WALES STAKES

AN UPSET WIN AT THE $500,000 PRINCE OF WALES STAKES. LUIS CONTRERAS GUIDED 14-TO-1 LONGSHOT COOL CATOMINE TO VICTORY IN THE SECOND JEWEL OF CANADA'S TRIPLE CROWN AT FORT ERIE RACETRACK.

CONTRERAS KEPT COOL CATOMINE BEHIND FRONT-RUNNER STATE OF HONOR FOR MOST OF THE RACE BEFORE GRABBING THE LEAD IN DEEP STRETCH.

 

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TUES SPORTS (JULY 25)

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CANADIAN SET NEW WORLD RECORD

A NEW WORLD RECORD FOR CANADIAN SWIMMER KYLIE MASSE (MOSS) AT THE WORLD SWIMMING CHAMPIONSHIPS.  MASSE WON THE GOLD MEDAL IN THE 100 METRE BACKSTROKE TODAY (TUES).

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RED DEER PEE WEE TRIPLE “A” BRAVES 

The Red Deer Dairy Queen AAA Braves were in Calgary over the weekend to finish out their final full weekend of league play.  On Saturday morning they jumped out to an early lead against the hometown Calgary Cubs and posted an 18-7 victory.  The big inning for the Braves came in the fourth when they scored 10 runs thanks to doubles by both Kyle Belich and Grayson Leuck along with singles by Jacey Steeves and Sander Sampson.  Nolan Baragar earned the win for the Braves throwing three and a third innings while Jacey Steeves threw one and two thirds innings in relief. 

Saturday afternoon Red Deer went up against the Parkland Twins.  The Braves grabbed an early lead and never looked back on their way to a 19-5 win.  Red Deer had 10 hits in the game with Matthew Murray, Tysen Wandler and Heath Hachkowski each collecting multiple hits.  Hachkowski lead the Braves with 5 RBI’s in the game.  The team also displayed their finesse in the third inning executing a suicide squeeze on a bunt by Mason Hastings allowing runner Justin Berglund to score.  Pitcher Ben Mason collected the win throwing three and a third innings before Justin Berglund took the mound to close out the game. 

Sunday morning the Red Deer AAA Braves were back at it, this time against the Calgary Jr. Dinos.  The game went the full 7 innings but the Braves managed to hold on for a 14-9 win.  Jacey Steeves led the team at the plate driving in 4 runs on a single and two doubles during the course of the game.  The team had 12 hits in total with Kyle Belich getting the big hit of the game, a triple in the second inning that scored 2.   Belich also earned the win on the mound throwing 3 innings while only allowing 1 run.  Relievers Mason Hastings, Grayson Leuck, Sander Sampson and Sam Honke all made appearances in the winning effort. 

The Red Deer Dairy Queen AAA Braves play their final league game of the season at Great Chief Park in Red Deer on Wednesday July 26th at 7pm against the Okotoks Dawgs.  The Braves currently sit atop the league standings heading into the provincial tournament which takes place over the August long weekend in St. Alberta at Legion Memorial Ball Park. 

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CFL

IN THE CFL LAST NIGHT (MON),  A 34 YARD FIELD GOAL WITH NO TIME LEFT ON THE CLOCK GAVE TORONTO (3-2) A 27-24 WIN OVER OTTAWA (1-4). OTTAWA NOW HAS A BYE FOR THE NEXT WEEK, AFTER PLAYING TWO GAMES IN THE LAST WEEK.

ELSEWHERE, IN WEEK SIX IN THE CFL, ON THURSDAY MONTREAL VISITS WINNIPEG, ON FRIDAY EDMONTON HOSTS B.C., SATURDAY THE ARGO'S ARE BACK IN ACTION IN SASKATCHEWAN, WHILE CALGARY ENTERTAINS HAMILTON.

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BLUE JAYS BASEBALL

THE TORONTO BLUE JAYS OPENED UP A FOUR SERIES AT HOME LAST NIGHT (MON) WITH A 4-2 WIN OVER OAKLAND.  THE TWO CLUBS ARE BACK ON THE DIAMOND IN TORONTO TONIGHT (TUES).

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RIGGERS BASEBALL

THE RED DEER RIGGERS WILL HOST AN EXHIBITION GAME TONIGHT (TUES) AGAINST TEAM ALBERTA, THAT WILL HEAD TO THE CANADA SUMMER GAMES IN WINNIPEG NEXT MONTH.  THE FIRST PITCH TONIGHT IS AT 7:30 AT GREAT CHEF PARK.

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RED DEER TWILIGHT BASEBALL

IN RED DEER TWILIGHT BASEBALL LAST NIGHT (MON) THE CANAADIAN BREWHOUSE BALLERS EDGED THE BREAKAWAY HOTSHOT NIGHTHAWKS 11-10.

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SUTTERS INTO HOCKEY HALL

ONE OF THE BEST KNOWN FAMILIES IN HOCKEY HAS BEEN INDUCTED INTO THE ALBERTA HOCKEY HALL OF FAME.

THE SUTTER FAMILY, ORIGINALLY FROM VIKING HAD SIX BOTHERS WHO PLAYED IN THE NHL, BRENT, BRIAN, DARRYL, DUANE, RICH AND RON.   THEY, ALONG WITH BROTHER GARY AND THEIR MOM AND DAD WERE RECOGNIZED ON THE WEEKEND AT THE 2017 HOCKEY HALL OF FAME GALA. 

SEVERAL OTHER HISTORIC HOCKEY FIGURES WERE ALSO HONOURED, INCLUDING MEL DAVIDSON, BILL HAY, TONY KOLLMAN, PERRY PEARN AND GLEN SATHER.  

SUNDAY'S INDUCTION IN CANMORE WAS HELD IN CONJUNCTION WITH THE HOCKEY ALBERTA FOUNDATION GOLF CLASSIC, A KEY FUNDRAISER FOR THE HOCKEY ALBERTA FOUNDATION'S EVERY KID, EVERY COMMUNITY PROGRAM.

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ANOTHER CALGARY OLYMPICS?

THE CITY OF CALGARY IS BEING URGED TO WAIT FOR MORE DETAILS FROM THE INTERNATIONAL OLYMPIC COMMITTEE BEFORE DECIDING WHETHER TO BID FOR THE 2026 GAMES.

THE CALGARY BID EXPLORATION COMMITTEE HAS CONCLUDED THAT IT'S FEASIBLE FOR THE HOST OF THE 1988 WINTER GAMES TO HAVE ANOTHER TURN. BUT IT RECOMMENDS CALGARY TAKE MORE TIME TO DETERMINE WHETHER IT'S A GOOD IDEA.

 

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MON SPORTS (JULY 24)

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BLUE JAYS BASEBALL

THE TORONTO BLUE JAYS HAVE A QUICK TURNAROUND, HOSTING OAKLAND TONIGHT (MON).

THE JAYS WRAPPED UP A WEEKEND SERIES IN CLEVELAND ON SUNDAY LOSING 8-1.   THE JAYS LOST ALL THREE GAMES IN CLEVELAND.

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RIGGERS BASEBALL

THE RED DEER RIGGERS 37TH ANNUAL BASEBALL TOURNAMENT AT GREAT CHIEF PARK WAS CANCELLED SUNDAY AFTERNOON AFTER THAT NASY THUNDERSTORM ROLLED THROUGH.

THE RIGGERS HAD ADVANCED TO THE FINAL WITH A 13-3 WIN OVER THE PARKLAND TWINS AND THE OTHER SEMI-FINAL WAS CALLED DUE TO RAIN WITH THE CALGARY CARDINALS LEADING THE EDMONTON CUBS 2-1

 IN SUNBURST BASEBALL LEAGUE ACTION TONIGHT (MON) THE RED DEER RIGGERS PUT THEIR 10-AND-3 SUNBURST BASEBALL LEAGUE RECORD ON THE LINE ON THE ROAD IN SHERWOOD PARK.

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ALBERTA FOOTBALL LEAGUE

THE CENTRAL ALBERTA BUCCANEERS THUMPED THE CALGARY WOLFPACK 60-12 IN ALBERTA FOOTBALL ACTION SATURDAY AT ME GLOBAL ATHLETIC PARK IN LACOMBE (JULY 22).

THE BUCS HAD A 5-AND-2 RECORD.

NEXT SATURDAY THE BUCS ARE ON THE ROAD IN ST. ALBERT TO PLAY THE STARS BEFORE THE BUCS HOST A PLAYOFF GAME IN LACOMBE ON AUGUST 12TH.

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CFL

 IN THE CFL OTTAWA HAS A SHORT TURN AROUND PLAYING IN TORONTO TONIGHT (MON) AFTER THE REDBLACKS PLAYED LAST WEDNESDAY.

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LACROSSE PLAYOFFS

IN LACROSSE ACTION, RED DEER'S TBS RAMPAGE WON THEIR OPENING ROUND OF THE PLAYOFFS WITH A 13-9 WIN FRIDAY  AND 10-8 VICTORY SATURDAY OVER THE EDMONTON WARRIORS.

RED DEER IS OFF TO THE NORTH CHAMPIONSHIP AND THEN ON TO THE PROVINCIALS AUG 4 - 6.   THE PROVINCIAL WINNER GOES TO NATIONALS (FOUNDERS CUP) WHICH IS BEING HOSTED THIS YEAR IN SASKATOON.

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RED DEER WESTERNER WAGONS

THE NORTH AMERICAN PONY CHUCKWAGON CHAMPIONSHIPS AT RED DEER'S WESTERNER DAYS WRAPPED UP SUNDAY.

LEE ADAMSON WON HIS FOURTH CHUCKWAGON TITLE IN RED DEER.

THE CAMROSE DRIVER WAS THE AGGREGATE WINNER AND CAPTURED THE DASH FOR CASH.

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GOLF

JORDAN SPIETH (SPEETH) HAS ANOTHER MAJOR CHAMPIONSHIP TO HIS NAME. THE AMERICAN WON THE BRITISH OPEN YESTERDAY AFTER A STRONG BACK NINE GAVE HIM A THREE STROKE VICTORY.

 IT'S THE THIRD MAJOR CHAMPIONSHIP OF HIS CAREER. AUSTIN CONNELLY, A DUAL CANADIAN-AMERICAN CITIZEN, TIED FOR 14TH AT 2 UNDER.

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WORLD SWIMMING

CANADA'S PENNY OLEKSIAK HAS A SHOT AT HER FIRST MEDAL OF THE FINA (FEE'-NUH) WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS TODAY IN HUNGARY.

THE 17-YEAR-OLD FROM TORONTO IS COMPETING IN THE 100-METRE BUTTERFLY FINAL.

SHE'S THE OLYMPIC SILVER MEDALLIST AND WORLD JUNIOR RECORD HOLDER IN THE EVENT. FELLOW CANADIAN SYDNEY PICKREM IS RACING IN THE 200-METRE INDIVIDUAL MEDLEY FINAL.

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PHELPS LOSES TO A SHARK

OLYMPIC GOLD MEDALLIST MICHAEL PHELPS HAS MET HIS MATCH IN THE WATER. PHELPS LOST A 100-METRE RACE IN SOUTH AFRICA AGAINST A GREAT WHITE SHARK TO KICK OFF DISCOVERY CHANNELS ANNUAL ``SHARK WEEK.''

USING A CUSTOM MONOFIN ON HIS FEET, PHELPS RACED TO A TIME OF 38-POINT-1 SECONDS AFULL TWO SECONDS BEHIND THE SIMULATED GREAT WHITE.

 

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FRIDAY SPORTS (JULY 21)

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CFL

IN THE CFL LAST NIGHT, EDMONTON REMAINS UNDEFEATED THANKS TO A 31-28 COMEBACK WIN IN HAMILTON. THE ESKIMO'S ARE 4-0, WHILE THE TIGER CATS ARE 0-4.

TONIGHT (FRI) B.C. HOSTS WINNIPEG.

SATURDAY, THE RIDERS ARE IN CALGARY AND MONDAY OTTAWA HAS A SHORT TURN AROUND PLAYING IN TORONTO.

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ALBERTA FOOTBALL LEAGUE

THE CENTRAL ALBERTA BUCCANEERS ARE BACK IN ACTION THIS SATURDAY AT MEGLOBAL ATHLETIC PARK IN LACOMBE (JULY 22 @ 6 PM) AGAINST THE STRUGGLING CALGARY WOLFPACK.

THE BUCS HAVE A 4-AND-2 RECORD AFTER BEATING WINNING LAST WEEKEND 44-7 IN AIRDRIE.

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BLUE JAYS BASEBALL

THE TORONTO BLUE JAYS WRAPPED UP A FOUR GAME SERIES IN BOSTON WITH AN 8-6 WIN YESTERDAY (THURS). THE JAYS BEGIN A WEEKEND SERIES IN CLEVELAND TONIGHT (FRI).

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RIGGERS TOURNY THIS WEEKEND

THE RED DEER RIGGERS HOLD THEIR 37TH ANNUAL BALL TOURNAMENT THIS WEEKEND.
 
THE HOMETOWN RIGGERS HOST THE CALGARY CARDINALS TONIGHT (FRI) AT 7 AT GREAT CHIEF PARK WITH BASEBALL THROUGHOUT THE WEEKEND.

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LACROSSE PLAYOFFS

IN LACROSSE ACTION, RED DEER'S TBS RAMPAGE OPENS THE PLAYOFFS TONIGHT (FRI) AT 8:30 AT THE KINEX ARENA AGAINST THE EDMONTON WARRIORS.

THE WINNER OF THE SERIES IS OFF TO THE NORTH CHAMPIONSHIP AND THEN ON TO THE PROVINCIALS AUG 4 - 6.   THE WINNER GOES TO NATIONALS (FOUNDERS CUP) WHICH IS BEING HOSTED THIS YEAR IN SASKATOON.

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RED DEER WESTERNER WAGONS

IT'LL BE NIGHT THREE OF RACING AT THE NORTH AMERICAN PONY CHUCKWAGON CHAMPIONSHIPS AT RED DEER'S WESTERNER DAYS TONIGHT (FRI).

AFTER TWO NIGHTS OF RACING 70 YEAR OLD LOUIS JOHNER CONTINUES TO LEAD THE WAY WITH AN AGGREGATE TWO DAY TOTAL OF 2:32, ENJOYING AN OVERALL THREE SECOND LEAD (ON NIGHT TWO THURSDAY, JOHNER CRUISED TO A TIME OF 1:16 AFTER HAVING THE FASTEST TIME AROUND THE TRACK ON THE OPENING NIGHT ON WEDNESDAY OF 1:15:82).  

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THE JUICE WILL BE LOOSE

O-J. SIMPSON WILL SOON BE A FREE MAN.

THE FORMER N-F-LER HAS BEEN GRANTED PAROLE AFTER SPENDING NEARLY NINE YEARS IN PRISON FOR A LAS VEGAS ARMED ROBBERY.

THE 70-YEAR-OLD SIMPSON COULD BE RELEASED AS EARLY AS OCTOBER 1ST.

BY THEN, HE WILL HAVE SERVED THE MINIMUM OF HIS 33-YEAR SENTENCE FOR A BOTCHED EFFORT TO SNATCH SPORTS MEMORABILIA HE CLAIMED HAD BEEN STOLEN FROM HIM.

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SOCCER

CANADA HAS BEEN ELIMINATED FROM THE 2017 CONCACAF (KON'-KAH-KAF) GOLD CUP.

THE CANADIANS DROPPED A 2-1 DECISION IN THE QUARTER-FINALS AGAINST JAMAICA AT THE UNIVERSITY OF PHOENIX.

JUNIOR HOILETT SCORED CANADA'S LONE GOAL.

IT WAS THE FIRST TIME CANADA HAD REACHED THE KNOCKOUT STAGE OF THE COMPETITION SINCE THE 2009 TOURNAMENT, WHEN IT WAS ALSO ELIMINATED IN THE QUARTERS.

 

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THURS SPORTS (JULY 20)

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CFL

….  IN THE CFL LAST NIGHT, OTTAWA BEAT MONTREAL 24-19, TONIGHT EDMONTON IS IN HAMILTON.

TOMORROW (FRI) B.C. HOSTS WINNIPEG.

SATURDAY, THE RIDERS ARE IN CALGARY AND MONDAY OTTAWA HAS A SHORT TURN AROUND PLAYING IN TORONTO.

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BLUE JAYS BASEBALL

THE TORONTO BLUE JAYS WRAP UP A FOUR GAME SERIES IN BOSTON THIS AFTERNOON (THURS) AFTER THE RED SOX BEAT THE JAYS 5-1 LAST NIGHT (WED).

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RED DEER LADIES FASTBALL

IN RED DEER LADIES FASTBALL PLAYOFF ACTION LAST NIGHT (WED), THE SNELL AND OSLUND BADGERS SWEPT THE BEST OF THREE SERIES, WINNING GAME TWO 11-4 OVER THE U-18 RAGE.

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WESTERNER PONY CHUCKS

THE NORTH AMERICAN PONY CHUCKWAGON CHAMPIONSHIPS KICKED OFF LAST NIGHT (WED) ON DAY ONE OF RED DEER'S WESTERNER DAYS.

LOUIS JOHNER HAD THE FASTEST TIME AROUND THE TRACK ON THE OPENING NIGHT WITH A 1:15:82.  

NIGHT TWO OF THE WAGONS GOES THIS EVENING (THURS) AT 6:30 AT THE WESTERNER TRACK.

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SOCCER

CANADA MEETS JAMAICA TONIGHT IN CONCACAF (KON'-KAH-KAF) GOLD CUP QUARTER-FINAL ACTION. THE TWO NATIONS WILL GO AT IT AT THE UNIVERSITY OF PHOENIX IN GLENDALE, ARIZONA. 

CYLE (KYLE) LARIN IS EXPECTED TO PLAY FOR THE CANADIAN SQUAD AFTER BEING RECALLED BY HEAD COACH OCTAVIO ZAMBRANO FOR THE KNOCKOUT PHASE.

CANADA IS TRYING TO REACH THE SEMIFINALS FOR THE FIRST TIME SINCE 2007.

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HOCKEY NEWS

PLAYERS ON AMERICAN HOCKEY LEAGUE CONTRACTS WILL BE ELIGIBLE TO PLAY IN THE 2018 WINTER OLYMPICS.

THE A-H-L SENT A MEMO TO ITS 30 CLUBS SAYING PLAYERS COULD ONLY BE LOANED FOR OLYMPIC PARTICIPATION FROM FEBRUARY 5TH TO 26TH.

LIKE THE N-H-L WHICH IS NOT HAVING ITS PLAYERS PARTICIPATE FOR THE FIRST TIME SINCE 1994 THE A-H-L DOES NOT HAVE AN OLYMPIC BREAK IN ITS SCHEDULE.

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ALBERTA HOCKEY HALL OF FAME INDUCTEES

  FIVE OUTSTANDING INDIVIDUALS, AND PERHAPS ONE OF THE MOST CELEBRATED FAMILIES IN ALL OF HOCKEY COMPRISE THE 2017 INDUCTION CLASS FOR THE ALBERTA HOCKEY HALL OF FAME (AHHF).

   HOCKEY ALBERTA AND THE HOCKEY ALBERTA FOUNDATION ANNOUNCED ON WEDNESDAY THE 2017 INDUCTEES WHO WILL BE RECOGNIZED AT THE AHHF AWARDS GALA IN CANMORE:

MEL DAVIDSON, THREE-TIME OLYMPIC GOLD MEDALIST (HEAD COACH, CANADIAN WOMEN’S NATIONAL TEAM).

BILL HAY, STANLEY CUP CHAMPION, AND FORMER HEAD OF THE HOCKEY HALL OF FAME

TONY KOLLMAN, ONE OF THE MOST NOTEABLE SENIOR HOCKEY PLAYERS OF THE 1960S

PERRY PEARN, SECOND-WINNINGEST COACH IN ACAC HISTORY, INCLUDING SIX ACAC CHAMPIONSHIPS.

GLEN SATHER, FORMER COACH, GENERAL MANAGER AND PRESIDENT OF THE 5-TIME STANLEY CUP CHAMPION EDMONTON OILERS

THE SUTTER FAMILY – BRENT, BRIAN, DARRYL, DUANE, GARY, RICH, RON, GRACE AND LOUIS.

THE LEGACY OF THESE ALBERTA HOCKEY LEGENDS WILL BE HONOURED ON SUNDAY, JULY 23 AT THE COAST HOTEL IN CANMORE.

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RDC BIDDING FOR VOLLEYBALL CHAMPIONSHIPS

RED DEER COLLEGE HAS ANNOUNCED ITS SUBMITTING A BID TO HOST THE 2019 CANADIAN MEN'S VOLLEYBALL CHAMPIONSHIP.

RDC WILL PREPARE THE BID OVER THE COMING MONTHS FOR THE MARCH 2019 EVENT. 

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