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The Alberta Sports Hall of Fame announced the 2017 Inductees.  Below are several of the media articles regarding the Press Conferences that took place in Calgary, Edmonton, and Lethbridge for the 2017 Induction Banquet. It was a wonderful event celebrating the 2016 Inductees and all of their amazing accomplishments.

We invite you to join us at the Induction Banquet on May 26th to celebrate the 2017 Inductees and all of their amazing accomplishments.

Here are several articles about the new Inductees, the returning Honoured Members, and the Alberta Sports Hall of Fame's Induction Banquet.



Red Deer News Now: Smyth headlines 2017 Alberta Sports Hall of Fame class of inductees

Hockey Alberta: 1984-85 NAIT Ooks, Ryan Smyth selected for Alberta Sports Hall of Fame


Tech Life Today: Men's Ooks hockey team enters hall of fame

Edmonton Sun: Former Peach a keen induction into Alberta Sports Hall of Fame

Edmonton Sun: Ryan Smyth a no-brainer for induction into Alberta Sports Hall of Fame

Alberta Golf: Marilyn Palmer O'Connor, 2017 Alberta Sports Hall of Fame Inductee

Medicine Hat News: Oyen's Jones among inductees to Alberta Sports Hall of Fame

CBC News Edmonton: Alberta Sports Hall of Fame celebrates 60 years with 12 inductees

Chat News Today Medicine Hat: Southeast Alberta baseball builder among Alberta Sports Hall of Fame inductees

CTV News Edmonton: Ryan Smyth among Alberta Sports Hall of Fame inductees

Global News Edmonton: Alberta's Sports Hall of Fame ready to induct 12 new members

Global News Edmonton: Former Oiler Ryan Smyth to be inducted into Alberta Sports Hall of Fame

Red Deer Advocate: Alberta Sports Hall of Fame celebrates six decades with new inductions and exhibits

St Albert: St. Albert's eye on sports honoured

Alberta Athletic Schools Association: Dr. Herbert McLachlin to be Inducted into the Alberta Sports Hall of Fame & Museum

Press Reader: Credit Definitely Due

The Crag and Banff-born Ryan Smyth to be inducted into Alberta Sports Hall of Fame

Tennis Alberta: Hans Maciej to be Inducted into Alberta Sports Hall of Fame

Big Country 93.1 FM News & Sports: Grande Prairie baseball player named to Alberta Sports Hall of Fame

Article from Calgary Sun: Lougheed House hosts first outdoor curling bonspiel in 100 years

Early Alberta curlers were a hardy bunch. Taking to frozen creeks and ponds in the 1880s, they braved the elements to heave stones down the ice in hopes of winning barrels of beer, gold watches, and silver goblets.

Clubs in Priddis and Banff were particularly active with curling remaining an outdoor game in the mountain park town until 1960.

But in Calgary, a city famous for its chinooks, the melting ice didn't make for ideal outdoor conditions.

"The Scottish Settlers played on the Elbow River as early as 1880 but as far as I know there's been no curling outdoors in Calgary since because of the weather," said Dennis Havrelock, museum curator for the Southern Alberta Curling Association. "And not just warm weather but the miserable weather we often get."

That shouldn't pose a problem next weekend when curlers take to the ice outdoors for what Havrelock believes is possibly the first outdoor bonspiel in the city, at least in the past 100 years.

Lougheed House is hosting the fun Beltline Bonspiel on its garden rink in conjunction with an open house on Feb. 25. The bonspiel features teams from three community associations including Inglewood, Sunalta, and Beltline. They'll be competing for a trophy almost as old as the sport.

The Brewery Trophy was made in 1915 for the Calgary Brewing and Malting Company and hasn't been awarded since 1966. It's got a place of prominence in the Southern Alberta Curling Association museum at the Calgary Curling Club.

"It's a beautiful trophy. It's the nicest one we have," said Havrelock. "But I'm still looking for the buffalo head that used to be on the top of it."

Someone absconded with the metal sculpture cast in the distinctive shape of the brewer's logo before it was donated to the curling association.

The Lougheed House event runs from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. with free admission all day to the mansion which will feature a display of old-time artifacts such as brooms and sweaters. The restaurant will function as a pseudo-Brier Patch with support from Village Brewery and there will be other family-friendly activities.

Avid curlers or those whose interested in hurrying hard can throw some granite on a second sheet set up beside the one used for the bonspiel, said Matt Masters, who is organizing Canada 150th anniversary events for the Lougheed House.

"We're laying the seeds for an ongoing winter event. The Beltline hasn't had a rink for years and there hasn't been curling outside for generations and there's lots of interest to keep something like this going."

Masters said the event is a perfect example of community partnerships. The curling association is lending the trophy, the Calgary Curling Club is providing artifacts and tournament know-how, city parks department gave advice and materials while the area MLA added muscle.

"It's been me and Kathleen Ganley quite literally helping out in the snow building the rink. But everyone in the community is engaged in this."

Article from CWG2019: Red Deer's major venues will be busy during 2019 Canada Games

Every major venue in Red Deer will be busy when the 2019 Canada Winter Games take place from Feb. 15 to March 3. The Games will be the largest event Red Deer has ever hosted and largest multi­sport and cultural event hosted in Alberta since the 1988 Calgary Olympics.  It's estimated that more than 2,400 athletes, 500 officials, 450 media outlets, 700 VIPs and 20,000 visitors will be in Red Deer for the Games, representing an economic impact of more than $132 million.  The former Central Elementary School downtown is to be developed into the Canada Games Celebration Plaza, which will host cultural events and other community activities. Swimming will take place in Calgary and alpine skiing will be held in Kananaskis but everything else will take place at local venues.

Week 1
Opening Ceremony – ENMAX Centrium
Biathlon – River Bend Golf and Recreation Area
Boxing – Westerner Park
Freestyle Skiing – Canyon Ski Resort
Gymnastics Artistic – Collicutt Centre
Men's Hockey – ENMAX Centrium/Downtown Arena
Ringette – Collicutt Centre/Kinsmen Community Arena A
Speed Skating Long Track – Great Chief Park
Speed Skating Short Track – Gary W. Harris Canada Games Centre
Synchronized Swimming – Repsol Sport Centre, Calgary
Table Tennis – Hunting Hills High School
Wheelchair Basketball – Gary W. Harris Canada Games Centre

Week 2
Alpine Skiing – Nakiska, Kananaskis
Archery – Westerner Park
Badminton – Gary W. Harris Canada Games Centre
Cross­country Skiing – River Bend Golf and Recreation Area
Curling – Pidherney Centre
Figure Skating – Gary W. Harris Canada Games Centre
Gymnastics Trampoline – Collicutt Centre
Women's Hockey – ENMAX Centrium/Downtown Arena
Judo – Westerner Park
Snowboarding – Canyon Ski Resort
Squash – Gary W. Harris Canada Games Centre

Closing Ceremony – To Be Determined

Lethbridge Herald:  Local boxing legend Kai Yip passes away

Kai Yip won titles, represented Canada and coached Olympians. He tamed dragons, built rings and tore them down, too. He had a key to the city and seats in the Lethbridge, Alberta and Canadian Amateur Boxing halls of fame.

He was a raconteur, a promoter without parallel and a friend to every sports reporter who ever sat down with him.
Even Kai's opponents loved him. Just ask Max Gibb.

The little Chinaman from Lethbridge — that was home, he never said anything else — was tough and crafty and knew how to take a punch. His fighters, whether Olympian like Rick Duff or just a kid looking for confidence, were tough and crafty and could take a punch.

He should have been an Olympic boxer himself, but he was too young in 1956 and missed out. He carried that chip on his shoulder until Wednesday, when he died.

For most of you, Kai Yip was a name in the newspaper, one which ran after a quote about boxing. He was a staple in the local Chinese community, a spokesman and proud member.

When he let loose the reins on the Lethbridge Boxing Club, he took up painting.

For my 15 years at The Lethbridge Herald, a Sunday buzz at the backdoor meant a visit from Kai. On those rare occasions when it wasn't Kai, whoever walked through would be greeted with a "Hey, Kai."

He was a deadline killer, a great talker and a local celebrity of a level that you never, ever blew him off. If the paper was a bit late because Commonwealth (then the British Empire) Games boxer Kai Yip stopped by? Tough nuggets, press boys.

I'll most remember Kai as a devout defender of boxing. He knew its dangers, in fact his creaky body and sometimes dragging speech was a testament to it. But boxing saved Kai. Boxing took a "dumbass kid" who spent his only productive time playing Tom Sawyer in the riverbottom and made him into a role model, a respected citizen and a Hall of Famer.

"I wasn't there yet, but I was headed there," he'd say.

"Without boxing, I'd be in jail. Well, maybe I'd be out by now, I'm pretty old."

Kai did the same. The Lethbridge Boxing Club was never a money-making venture, in part because Kai was a softhearted sort. Plenty of hardscrabble kids paid late, if at all, during Kai's 30 years.

His status as a local sports star didn't make him a penny, and his 2010 key to the city couldn't even get local councillors to care when a misplaced manhole cover ripped up his cab.

But Kai never stopped. He kept coaching, kept regaling us with his stories. He kept serving.
That is, until Wednesday, when he died.

I'm glad I no longer work in the newsroom at The Herald. I'm glad no one will see the tears when the back door buzzer goes off, and there's no Kai Yip waiting there. I hope his family finds some peace.

I hope my friend, the fighter, the boxer, the promoter, the storyteller, is well. I hope the honours and service and friendship he gave to many of us is rewarded with one last ring of the bell.

Article from Sport Information Resource Centre website: CANADIAN GOLF MOURNS THE LOSS OF BETTY STANHOPE-COLE

Golf Canada - Canadian & Alberta Golf Hall of Famer passes away at the age of 79

OAKVILLE, Ont. (Golf Canada) — It is with great sadness that Golf Canada, Alberta Golf, the Canadian Golf Hall of Fame and the entire golf community mourns the peaceful passing of Betty Stanhope-Cole who passed away on January 27, 2017 at the age of 79, after a brief battle with cancer.

Born on September 21,1937 in Calgary, she is survived by her son Rob and daughter Jackie (Hiebert), along with three grandchildren (Brian, Tyler and Talia).
Stanhope-Cole saw success at every level of her amateur golf career. As a junior, she won the Alberta Junior Girls championship from 1955-1957 and the Canadian Junior Girls Championship in 1956. She would later win the Alberta Ladies' Amateur Championship a record 17 times between 1957 and 1984.

Stanhope-Cole also competed on 29 interprovincial teams (25 for Alberta, two for Ontario and two for Saskatchewan) in addition to winning the Saskatchewan Ladies' Championship in 1966. Her career was capped off by winning the 1957 Canadian Women's Amateur Championship, a win she noted as being her biggest golfing achievement.

Internationally, she represented Canada a total five times, three at the World Amateur Team Championship (1964, 1974, 1976) and twice at the Commonwealth Team Championship (1963, 1971).

Her impact on the game was also felt at the administrative level, as National Director of Rules and Handicap from 1980 to 1983 with the former Canadian Ladies Golf Association. She also spent 10 years working with the Alberta Golf Association (now Alberta Golf) serving as Player Development Director, Rules Director, Zone Chair and as a member of the association's Tournament Committee.

Stanhope-Cole's successful amateur career was recognized with her induction into the Canadian Golf Hall of Fame and Museum in 1991, the Alberta Sports Hall of Fame and Museum Edmonton Sports Hall of Fame in 1993, and the Alberta Golf Hall of Fame in 2005.

A celebration of life will be held at Highlands Golf Club on February 13, 2017. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Alberta Kidney Foundation.
Statement from Canadian Golf Hall of Famer Sandra Post:

"Betty came from a tremendous era for female golfers. Even though she was born out west, she played across the country and won championships in Saskatchewan and Ontario. She had a great long game and represented Canada well."

Calgary Sport Institute Article: The Talent Behind the Lens

Dave Holland walked away from a career in the oil and gas industry when the full-time opportunity to pursue his lifelong passion for Olympic sport photography arose and was too good to pass by. After years of snapping sport photos as a hobby, the self-taught photographer earned his first ticket to the Olympics with SportsNet in 2014 in Sochi.

Since then, combining his passion for Olympic sport and photography, Holland has created a role for himself as the go-to photographer for the CSI Calgary, WinSport, and now the Canadian Olympic Committee (COC). It hasn't been an easy path - his first two applications to the COC for media accreditation at the Olympics were denied. Fortunately, his unwavering persistence and quality work has begun to pay off.

As the CSI Calgary's in-house photographer, Holland is afforded wide-ranging access to shoot events and athletes that other photographers simply do not have. The ability to capture the story behind the athlete beyond competition day is part of what sets Holland's work apart. "I see what everybody does," he explains. "I try to get the process behind it all, something different. So many photos are the same ones you've seen before. I want to showcase the athletes in a different way."

A freelance photographer with no affiliation to any conventional agencies, he is breaking new ground - Holland has finally been approved for COC media accreditation at the 2018 Olympics and Paralympics in Pyeongchang. He is the first non-media outlet photographer to be accredited and he feels a deep sense of satisfaction in achieving this milestone. "I am the only full-time photographer in the country exclusively covering Olympic and Paralympic athletes," he says.

Although he now works "three times the hours for a third of the salary," Holland says there is nowhere else he would rather be. "It's a labour of love," he proclaims with absolute and heartfelt conviction. Lucky are the few who find and pursue their true calling in life - Dave Holland comes by his new vocation honestly.

Holland is driven by a deep desire to showcase Canada's best Olympic and Paralympic athletes, a group he feels is largely ignored. "Working with athletes daily I have found that they are incredibly underserved in the media," he says. Access to high-quality photos from competition is a major hurdle for athletes looking for images to promote themselves. "I recall one athlete telling me that an agency wanted $800 for a photo from the Sochi Games," says Holland.

This inadequacy resulted in Holland creating, a vast and comprehensive database of photographs. It allows mainstream media access to images that are unavailable anywhere else. To date, there are around 10,000 images on the site. "I'm putting athletes on the map, getting them the attention and exposure they deserve," says Holland.

Holland says three key things are necessary to capture a good photo - peak action, good lighting and a clean background. It's about achieving a strong connection with the viewer that transcends words alone.

Holland recognizes that he is in a unique position to achieve this end and he approaches his work with the necessary humility. It took five years for him to develop the trust and relationships with the athletes he needed for them to welcome him into their world. "I know it is a job of extreme privilege, as I can come and go from the gym, the lab, the rink or the ski hill and every day I appreciate walking through the doors."