Professional lacrosse thriving in Calgary

The Calgary Roughnecks have been working hard to boost fan involvement this season by putting on special events like Friday night’s super hero themed game.


“We’re going to play extra hard especially being at the Dome.”

Calgary has not won a championship title since 2009 but, when it comes to attendance, the club is a sterling example of stability in an inconsistent league.

The club ranks fourth in NLL attendance numbers bringing in an average crowd of nearly twelve-thousand spectators per game and has had one of the most consistent crowds in the league for over five years.

Fans in the city have proven themselves as devoted supporters of Calgary’s team and have formed such a knowledgeable fan base that the players have started to take notice.

“It’s not just the goals, these fans understand the little things that it takes and we appreciate that and we notice that so I think it really does help the guys push themselves a little bit more just to show that we’re going to play extra hard especially being at the Dome.” said Curt Malawsky, Roughnecks Head Coach

Calgary’s final regular season game is set for Saturday, April 20th at the Saddledome.

Austin Lee

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One and done

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The Sait Trojans men’s hockey team have now found themselves coachless after an unexpected announcement was made on Tuesday.

Head coach Brent Devost in front of a nervous athletic board announced he has stepped down after just one season as head coach of the men’s team. The Trojans finished 4th in league standings posting 17 wins in what was considered a bounce-back year by many around the hockey community. Devost led the team to just one series short of making the league final ultimately falling to the Nait Ooks in the 3rd game of the semi-finals.

 “You can’t help but feel you’re letting people down, but it was the right decision for me.”

Devost cited growing commitments outside of the rink as to why he will step down in what was a tough decision for him and his family.

“It’s really tough to know that, on a daily basis, I will not be at the rink with the guys and my fellow coaches, or in the office at SAIT with the people that welcomed me in from Day 1. You can’t help but feel you’re letting people down, but it was the right decision for me,” said Devost.

The Head Coach’s departure leaves the Trojans coachless heading into the summer for a second consecutive season and with both goalies reported to be undecided on whether they will return, the Trojans are expecting an extremely busy summer.

-Ryder McKay

 

 

Canadian Women’s Hockey League folding due to financial problems

oznorThe board of directors of the CWHL announced that as of May 1st, 2019 the CWHL will be no more. Last week 175,000 fans tuned in to watch the 12th edition of the Clarkson Cup which became the new record for most viewership for one of their games.

The CWHL doesn’t have the mandatory funding to support the continuation of the league as Venture Capital firm Roustan Capital their primary source of financing pulled out.

“Unfortunately, while the on-ice hockey is exceptional, the business model has proven to be economically unsustainable,”

The CWHL started in 2007 with 6 teams in the league spreading across Canada and attracting many top female players over the country. The league operated on a budget of just $3.7 million in 2017-2018.

Many fans took to twitter and vented their opinions saying things like “It’s a great sport to watch” and they are sad to see it go. “The folding of the League is a travesty for the players and fans” and “The league inspired future generations for hockey players”.

Pundits say that the ideal outcome would be for the Women’s Hockey in North America to unite with the NHL and provide infrastructure and marketing.

-Raynaldo Suarez

Koe rocks curling world with perfect record

Curling rocks on iceKevin Koe’s curling team remained undefeated throughout the world men’s curling championship, headed through the tourney with a 6-0 win rate.

“Odds are we’re not going to win all our games this week but we just have to win the last one.”

This, along with a previous five straight wins at the Alberta men’s curling championship and 13 straight wins at the Brier puts the team at 24 consecutive wins.

Their recent victories were against Norway, who had yet to win a game at the event and Germany, who now sit at 1-5.

“Odds are we’re not going to win all our games this week but we just have to win the last one,” Koe said.

 

Dawson Enns

Raptors narrowly squeak by Bulls to push for the playoffs

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The Toronto Raptors barely edge out the Chicago Bulls to win at home 112-103.

Bench player guard Norman Powell dominated in the game putting up 20 points to go along with four out of five makes from behind the arc.

The Raptors had six different players scoring in double-figures with Kawhi Leonard and Kyle Lowry each added 14 points for the starting unit.

Serge Ibaka had an efficient night scoring 16 points and shot 7-of-13 from the field and to go along with eight rebounds.

“…it seems like he’s been finding some rolls and getting deep to the basket offensively lately and I like that, too.”

Head Coach Nick Nurse says “I think he’s a guy that needs to feel the ball a little bit to do some other things. We’ve got to get some sets for him, some pocket passes for him. But … it seems like he’s been finding some rolls and getting deep to the basket offensively lately and I like that, too.”

Raptors play in two days against the New York Knicks when the Raptors look to push in the final stretch of the regular season.

-Connor Gunn

Calgary Hitmen even up playoff series

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The Calgary Hitmen have tied up the first round of the playoffs against the Lethbridge Hurricanes. After losing the first two games in Lethbridge, the Hitmen came back home to take both games.

Lethbridge took a close game one by the score of 3-2 in overtime before winning game two by a convincing 4-1. Calgary stormed back in games three and four winning 5-3, and 5-2.

The two teams did not match up well in the regular season as the Hurricanes beat the Hitmen every time expect for one, and that one time Calgary won was in overtime.

Game 5 is tomorrow in Lethbridge, and game six will be back at the Saddledome. If a game seven is necessary it will take place in Lethbridge on April 2.

 

-Zachary Stewart

City of Calgary to host Winter X Games

SnowboardThe City of Calgary has obtained the exclusive rights to host the next three Winter X Games.

The Winter X Games include skiing, snowboarding and snowmobiling, but according to X Games spokesperson Grace Coryell, the official events are not yet confirmed.

“This is a great opportunity for Calgary to demonstrate that we still have a great reputation in winter sports.”

It is estimated that the X Games would generate up to 75 million dollars in revenue per year for the City, bringing in up to 75,000 spectators to the world competitions.

“This is a great opportunity for Calgary to demonstrate that we still have a great reputation in winter sports. My hope for the X Games is it’s one of those things that will build and each year it will get successively bigger.” said Cindy Ady, Calgary Tourism CEO.

Ady says hosing the X Games will put the city’s snow sports reputation on full display; a reputation that first started with Calgary hosting the Olympic Winter Games in 1988.

~ Vincent Lavoie