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Roller Derby Tournament Doing it Differently

Thursday, August 22nd, 2013


Iron Woman Tournament

The weekend of September 14 _ 15, 2013, Crossfields Alberta will be inundated with Roller Derby players from across the province. The tournament is being hosted by the Rocky View Roller Derby Association, in partnership with the CWRDA.

This is an ALL Alberta, ALL Womens, 18+ Tournament.  This is a time for travel teams to show their skills in a non-traditional derby tournament setting. So what makes this tournament unique, from the dozens of other Roller Derby tournaments that occur in Alberta annually? What is this non-traditional derby you are talking about? Well, on Saturday, how about 30 minutes with NO LEAD JAMMER! Anti-derby for 30 minutes – what is that you are thinking? CLOCK WISE!!! And how do you think a team will do when you are only allowed to switch out two players per jam, and the other three must remain?! Hence being named the Iron Woman Tournament!

Not only will this challenge the skills and endurance of these players, it will also somewhat level the playing ground between the participants. Plus, it will be a whole lot of fun to watch!!

Teams confirmed for this tournament are; Oil City Derby Girls and E-Ville Roller Derby from Edmonton, Central Alberta Roller Derby Association, from Wetaskiwin, Grande Prairie Roller Derby Association and Red Deer Roller Derby Association. There is also an Iron Woman mixed team that is composed of all-star players from across that province, whose leagues did not have enough players to roster a full team themselves.

It will be a great weekend of Roller Derby!

For more information on the event, click here. Advanced ticket sales are also available online, here.

Hope to see you there!

Much derby love.




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Toronto and Montreal to host future World Junior Hockey Championships

Thursday, June 20th, 2013

The city of Toronto and Montreal are set to co-host the 2015 and 2017 World Junior Hockey Championships.

Toronto will host the medal round in 2015 and Montreal will host the medal round in 2017. Both cities will host round robin games at each World Junior Hockey Championships, with Montreal hosting the Canadian preliminary games in 2015 and Toronto hosting the preliminary games in 2017.

The Toronto-Montreal partnership at the future World Junior Hockey Championship can be compared to the interesting partnership between Helsinki, Finland and Stockholm, Sweden at the last two International Ice Hockey Federation World Championships where those two cities shared hosting duties.


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Edmonton native drafted by Cubs Thursday

Friday, June 7th, 2013

The top Canadian selected in the 2013 Major League Baseball Draft was a native of Edmonton.

On Thursday the Chicago Cubs drafted lefthanded pitcher Rob Zastryzny of the University of Missouri in the second round, 41st overall.

Even though Zastryzny was a native of Edmonton, he was raised in Corpus Christi, Texas. In his senior year of high school in 2010, Zastryzny was the All-South Texas Pitcher of the Year, as he posted a 17-1 record, 0.20 earned run average and 198 strikeouts.

This past season Major League Baseball scouts were able to ignore his 2-9 record on the mound for the Universty of Missouri Tigers this season and focus on the fact he had a 3.38 earned run average.


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Weekend Sports Preview–June 8-9–French Open, Canadian Grand Prix, NHL, NBA Finals, MLB, WMBL, Equestrian _ LPGA

Friday, June 7th, 2013

Serena Williams (Katherine Shann, Wikimedia Commons)

Back in 2004, Russian newcomer Maria Sharapova shocked the tennis scene when she beat the great  Serena Williams 6-1, 6-4 in the final of Wimbledon. Sharpova, who was only 17 at the time, proved her victory was no fluke when she beat Williams at a tournament in Los Angeles later that summer.

However over the last nine years, it has all been Williams in their head-to-head battles. Serena, who is currently ranked number one in the world, has defeated Sharapova, currently ranked second, twelve straight times. At the 2012 Olympic Games in London, Williams gave Sharapova a 6-0, 6-1 beatdown in which it was quite possibly Williams’s best tennis match ever.

Now Williams has not won the French Open since 2002 when she beat her sister Venus, but should go into the final as the clear favourite (Saturday, NBC, 7:00 a.m.).

Here are the other events I’ll be watching:

Saturday _ Sunday–LPGA Championship–Golf Channel–1:00 p.m.–Women’s golf second major is this weekend from Rochester,  New York. Once again, a South Korean is in the lead. Currently in first round action, Chella Choi at -6 leads American Morgan Pressel by two strokes. Choi is trying to become the fourth consecutive South Korean to win a major, following Na Yeon Choi, Jiyai Shin and Inbee Park. Round one was on Friday because action was rained out on Thursday. Organizers are expected to have round two on Saturday and then 36 holes on Sunday.


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Grant MacEwan University to join Canada West in 2014-15

Thursday, June 6th, 2013

According to University of Calgary Assistant Athletic Director Ben Matchett, Grant MacEwan University in Edmonton will join the Canada West University Athletic Association and Canadian Interuniversity Sport in 2014-15.

Like Mount Royal in Calgary, Grant MacEwan is moving from collegiate to university status on the Canadian sports scene.

Grant MacEwan University will participate in basketball, volleyball, soccer and cross country at that time.


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Masters 2013 at Victoria Park on 22/23 June

Monday, June 3rd, 2013

 The annual Alberta Masters Championship Cup is set to be contested for at scenic Victoria Park in Edmonton on 22/23 June. The matches will start at 12 noon on the Saturday and at 11:00 a.m. on Sunday. Everyone is invited free of charge.

Calgary will be looking to wrest the cup away from their hosts and to do so must sweep the weekend and that won’t be easy an undertaking as Edmonton has shown that they are a formidable opponent on home turf. Calgary will have to bring their A-game to even have a stiff at the mug.

Local TV outlets will be invited to cover proceedings. See you all then. 




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Mooseheads clobber Knights at the Memorial Cup

Wednesday, May 22nd, 2013

The Halifax Mooseheads are looking more and more like the team to beat at the 2013 Mastercard Memorial Cup. All they basically need is a day of rest in between games, something they will receive throughout the rest of the tournament.

On Tuesday evening, Martin Frk, probably the greatest hockey player ever without a vowel in his last name, registered three goals and an assist as the Mooseheads gave a beat down to the London Knights in a 9-2 win.

In beating the Knights by a converted touchdown last night in Saskatoon, the Mooseheads improve to 2-1 for the week and have clinched a spot in at least the semi-final.

If Portland defeats Saskatoon tonight, the Mooseheads will finish first and go directly to the final Sunday night. However if the Blades beat the Winterhawks, Saskatoon will finish in first place, in what many would consider a major surprise for the round robin portion of the tournament.


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Sweden wins 2013 World Hockey Championship

Sunday, May 19th, 2013

For the first time since 1986 the home nation has won the International Ice Hockey Federation World Men’s Championship.

On Sunday in Stockholm, Henrik Sedin of the Vancouver Canucks led the Swedish offensive attack with two goals and one assist in a 5-1 win over Switzerland in the gold medal game. Sedin’s first goal was on the power play in the first period and was the game winning goal in the contest. Then in the third period, the Vancouver Canuck captain score shorthanded.

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Switzerland advances to World Hockey Championship Final Sunday

Saturday, May 18th, 2013

It has been quite the tournament for Switzerland at the World Hockey Championships in Stockholm, Sweden.

On Saturday, Switzerland eliminated the United States from gold medal contention with a 3-0 shutout victory. Switzerland will now play Sweden in the gold medal game on Sunday afternoon.

Former Edmonton Oiler goaltender Martin Gerber, who is now playing for Elitserien of the Swedish Elite League, made 26 saves in recording the shutout, while Nino Niederreiter who played this past year with Bridgeport Sound Tigers, the New York Islanders’ American Hockey League affiliate, notched a multi-point game with a goal and an assist.


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Victoria Day Weekend Sports Preview–May 18-20–NHL, NBA, MLB, Horse Racing _ World Hockey Championships

Saturday, May 18th, 2013

Sidney Crosby (Michael Miller, Wikimedia Commons)

Wayne Gretzky is the greatest hockey player of all-time. Heck, he is also the greatest athlete of all-time. But I think it is safe to say that right now Sidney Crosby of the Pittsburgh Penguins is the best hockey player in the world right now.

On Friday night, Crosby showed just why he is so great. In a dominating performance, Crosby had a hat trick by the early portion of the second period in a 4-3 win over the Ottawa Senators in game two of the Eastern Conference semi-final that put the Penguins up 2-0 in the best-out-of-seven series.

Crosby will now have the opportunity to showcase his skills north of the border this weekend as Pittsburgh travels to Ottawa for game three of the Eastern Conference semi-final (Sunday, CBC, 5:30 p.m.). I know the Penguins are loaded with talent that includes Evgeni Malkin and Jarome Iginla, but the bottom line is when healthy Pittsburgh is Crosby’s team.

Here are the other events I’ll be watching:

Saturday–MLB–New York Mets @ Chicago Cubs–WPIX–11:00 a.m.–Two teams in fourth place in their divisions play today at Wrigley Field. The Cubs are 17-24 in the National League Central, while the Mets are 16-23 in the National League East. First baseman Anthony Rizzo, who represented Italy at the World Baseball Classic, with nine home runs, 29 runs batted in and a .522 slugging percentage. While so far this season, the Mets have been led by third baseman David Wright, who leads the team with a .312 batting average, .418 on base percentage and a .536 slugging percentage.


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Canada eliminated from World Hockey Championships Thursday

Friday, May 17th, 2013

It was a disappointing day for Team Canada on Thursday at the 2013 International Ice Hockey Federation World Championships in Stockholm, Sweden.

Team Canada was unable to hold on to a 1-0 third period lead and lost 3-2 to Sweden in a shootout.

Modo right winger Nicklas Danielsson scored two very similar goals from the blueline on the power play in the third period to put Sweden up 2-1 before Claude Giroux of the Philadelphia Flyers tied the game up for team Canada.


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Quarterfinals set at World Hockey Championships in Stockholm

Wednesday, May 15th, 2013

Steven Stamkos (Wikimedia Commons)

We now know the matchups for the four quarterfinal games at the 2013 World Hockey Championships in Stockholm, Sweden on Thursday.

Russia will play the United States, Finland will play Slovakia, the Czech Republic will play Switzerland while Canada will play Sweden in the final game on Thursday (12pm, TSN).

The biggest surprise in the round robin was Switzerland, who went through the full eight game round robin undefeated. It really seems there is significant progress at the moment regarding the level of play in the Swiss League, and that is transcending into success for Swiss hockey at the international stage.

It ha been an excellent tournament to date for Nashville Predators defenceman Roman Josi, who led Switzerland with seven round robin points.


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Wiggins chooses University of Kansas

Tuesday, May 14th, 2013

According to the Canadian Press, Andrew Wiggins, quite possibly the second best Canadian basketball player ever, has chosen to play next season at the University of Kansas.

Wiggins, from Toronto, could be drafted first overall in the 2014 National Basketball Association draft. That would be the very first time a Canadian would have gone first overall.

Wiggins chose the Jayhawks over the University of Kentucky, the University of North Carolina and the University of Florida State.

James Naismith of Almonte, Ontario, who is considered the founder of basketball, was the head coach of the University of Kansas from 1898-1907 , before becoming the Jayhawks’ Athletic Director.


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No more bodychecking at the Peewee level in Alberta

Thursday, May 9th, 2013

According to Meghan Potkins of the Calgary Herald, Hockey Alberta has banned bodychecking at the peewee level for the start of the 2013-14 minor hockey league season across the province.

The association states that youth hockey players are at significant risk of concussions when they receive bodychecks in minor hockey.

Players who deliver a bodycheck at the peewee level will receive a penalty. It is not known yet if players will receive a minor penalty, major penalty or a game misconduct if they deliver a bodycheck.


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