The Edmonton Grads were champions long before the Toronto Raptors
Article from The Globe and Mail, Written By Marty Klinkenberg
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While the rapture over the Raptors swept the country last week, a display that pays homage to the greatest basketball club in Canadian history was quietly being completed.
Rather than the professionals in Toronto, the exhibit honours a remarkable group of trailblazing women who dominated the game at a time when sport was considered the exclusive domain of men.
The Edmonton Commercial Graduates, an amateur side founded in the fall of 1914, won 502 of 522 games they played in before they were disbanded at the start of the Second World War.
James Naismith, the Ontario-born doctor who invented basketball, called the Grads the “finest team that ever stepped on the floor.” Dressed in black-and-gold blouses, wool bloomers, thick stockings and knee pads, they won 147 games over seven years before suffering their first loss. After that, they won the next 78.
“It almost seems impossible to the extent that it is crazy,” says Mackenzie Cook, a six-foot forward for the University of Alberta Pandas. In 2018, she received the $1,000 scholarship that is handed out each year to a Pandas team member as a means to celebrate the Grads’ legacy. “It is important that we keep memories of them alive.”
The day after the Raptors captured their first NBA title, Grads memorabilia was being arranged in a glass cabinet on the second floor of the Saville Community Sports Centre. The multipurpose facility in Edmonton is managed by the University of Alberta. Above the artifacts there is a mural along the wall painted from a 1923 team photograph.
That year, the Grads won the North American championship over the Cleveland Favorite Knits, who arrived in Edmonton clad in shorts bearing the words “World Champs.” The Grads beat the pants off of them to win the Underwood International series for the first of 17 consecutive times. At the end, organizers decided it was easier to allow them to keep the trophy permanently rather than have to present it to them every year.
It made perfect sense. The Grads were nearly invincible.
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Canadian Women’s Hockey League folding due to financial woes
Article from Global News, Written By Rahul Kalvapalle
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The Canadian Women’s Hockey League (CWHL) will be no more as of May 1, 2019, its board of directors announced on Sunday.
“Unfortunately, while the on-ice hockey is exceptional, the business model has proven to be economically unsustainable,” the league said in a statement.
The CWHL was founded in 2007 with the mandate of growing women’s hockey.
In its final season, which concluded with last week’s Clarkson Cup, the league comprised six teams — the Calgary Inferno, Les Canadiennes de Montreal, Markham Thunder, Toronto Furies, Worcester Blades (of Worcester, Mass.) and the Shenzhen KRS Vanke Rays (based in Shenzen, China).
The Inferno defeated the Canadiennes 5-2 in the Clarkson Cup, which was held at Toronto’s Ricoh Coliseum.
“Last week, 175,000 fans tuned in to watch the 12th edition of the Clarkson Cup, a new record for viewership, and the game delivered,” the CWHL said in a statement.
“Women’s hockey is fast, skilled, and generally high-scoring, making for excellent entertainment.”
However, despite the best efforts of players, staff, corporate sponsors and partners in the industry, the league’s business model is simply not sustainable financially, the board of directors said.
The shuttering of the CWHL means that teams could potentially join the U.S.-based National Women’s Hockey League.
— With a file from Megan Robinson
Columnist Terry Jones slides in to Canadian Curling Hall of Fame
Article from the Edmonton Sun Published March 6, 2019, Written ByGerry Moddejonge
He’s not in any real danger of ever becoming known for having an innate ability to put one in the house.
But that hasn’t stopped Terry Jones from making it all the way into the Hall.
The life-long Edmonton sports columnist is part of the 2019 class announced Tuesday on its way into the Canadian Curling Hall of Fame.
But, to steal what’s become the rally cry of the sport, there was no ‘hurry, hard’ about it.
“First and foremost, great news and a recognition that is long overdue,” said 1974 Brier winner Warren Hansen, who had been coaching the Edmonton Wildcats earlier in that same decade when he first ran into a young beat reporter looking to earn his stripes. “And we have been friends ever since.
“During my years as the director of media relations for Curling Canada, I had some interesting times with Jonesy and, without getting into details, he taught me clearly at the Calgary Olympics in 1988 that when you are talking to someone in the media, nothing is ever off the record …”
At least, not when it came to Jones informing his readers about any and all aspects of the sport he felt they deserved to see in the newspaper.
“His support of curling in Canada over the years has been second to none and if an Alberta team was in the hunt for a Scotties, Brier or world title, you knew that Terry Jones would be there and the coverage outstanding,” Hansen said. “Terry has been one of curling’s best friends not just in Edmonton and Alberta, but across all Canada for at least the last 30 years. He truly deserves to be recognized as a builder of the sport.”
Jones has become part of a select group of newspaper scribes who have received a call from curling’s Hall, alongside: Don ‘Buckets’ Fleming of the Edmonton Journal; Jack Matheson of the Winnipeg Tribune, who is also the father of Journal hockey writer Jim Matheson; Scotty Harper of the Winnipeg Free Press and namesake of the award for curling writing; and Larry Wood, of the Calgary Herald, who covered more than 50 Briers in his career and nominated Jones.
“Joining those four legends is the thing that tickles me most about receiving this honour,” Jones said. “Although, it’s a pretty short and distinctive list of the other media men that have been inducted as well.”
They are broadcasters ‘Cactus’ Jack Wells, ‘Breathless’ Bill Good, Bob Picken, Vic Rauter, Bob Weeks and Don Wittman.
And the way it works in Canadian curling, there is no media wing in the Hall of Fame, meaning builders like Jones go in with the same status as the Edmonton curlers who have been enshrined, such as: Matt Baldwin, Randy Ferbey, Hec Gervais, Warren Hansen, Hazel Jamison, Cathy King, Cliff Manahan, Ole Olson, Kevin Martin, Pat Ryan. Wally Ursulak and Don Walchuk.
“Whether it’s the writers, the broadcasters or, especially, the curlers, that’s an impressive group of people to join. They’re all five-star Hall of Famers,” said Jones, who knows a thing or two on the topic, given he’s previously been named to a handful of others.
• Winner of the Elmer Ferguson award with entry to the Hockey Hall of Fame.
• The Canadian Football Hall of Fame.
• The Alberta Sports Hall of Fame.
• Recently became the first sportswriter inducted to the Edmonton Sports Halls of Fame.
• And lastly, but far from least, named the Lifetime Career Achievement award by Sports Media Canada.
This sixth induction will take place at a ceremony tying into the Canada Cup, scheduled for Leduc in November, which is right around the same time as the release of his latest book, World Capital of Curling, which celebrates the centennial of the Northern Alberta Curling Association.
And if history is any indication, the project is more a labour of love than anything for Jones, whose first foray into long-form curling prose saw him literally write the book on Ferbey in 2007, titled, The Ferbey Four: The Kings of Canadian Curling.
They were the first curling team to have a book written about them, even if it’s gone on to become No. 1,121,685 on the Amazon Bestsellers Rank.
“He did a great job on that. There’s a lot of people who thought the book was outstanding,” Ferbey said. “Unfortunately, curling books don’t sell as good as we had hoped they would compared to a hockey book or something.
“But we were flattered that he would even want to do that. We had no qualms about that whatsoever.”
Ferbey couldn’t say the same about all of Jones’s newspaper columns, however.
“Whether you agree with a lot of his writings or not, he was one of the most knowledgeable people when it comes to the game,” Ferbey said. “He writes about it with a passion, he wants to see it grow, he’s critical of it. He does everything that a great sports commentator is supposed to do.
“I could tell you stories where, even though we go way back, he’s been very positive with us and other times, he’s been very negative and it just drove me nuts. But that’s Terry Jones, you just sort of take it with a grain of salt and you move on. You can’t dwell on the negative for very long.”
It’s about taking the good with the bad for Ferbey, in a professional relationship that has grown into a friendship between the two Sherwood Park neighbours, who live barely more than a stone’s throw from each other.
And instead of taking a good-natured hack at Jones with a good, old-fashioned takeout-weight story of their past travels, Ferbey elected to draw a different conclusion on Jones’s induction.
“Actually, it’s very deserved, no ifs, ands or buts,” Ferbey said. “Terry is a foremost sports writer in all of Canada and he’s one of the few guys left, even today, that actually talks about curling in Edmonton.
“He will still write about it, still talk about provincial reps and the Brier and all that stuff, so I applaud him for continuing this on for however many years he’s been doing this now. I don’t want to date him.”
Oh, no? By all means, allow us.
Long before he was gifted with the presence of his wife, Linda, along with their son, Shane, twin daughters Nicole and Trina and grandchildren James and Aiden, Jones grew up across the street from the old six-sheet curling rink in Lacombe, and was often conscripted by somebody from the men’s league knocking on the door to see if he could sub for their team that night.
“I’d love to report that it was as to skip, but it was always as a lead,” said Jones, who began writing for the Lacombe Globe in junior high school and, later, the Red Deer Advocate in high school.
“I covered the big Lacombe Farmers Bonspiel every year. I didn’t expect I’d be covering many events bigger than that,” said Jones, who has since added 27 Briers to that list, dating back to his first one in Calgary in 1980. “I did a couple days of sidebar duty with Buckets at the 1973 Brier here before I jumped on the bus with the Oil Kings for a road trip after the first couple of days.”
In addition to covering world championships all over the map, including Las Vegas in 2018, Jones has been to countless provincials, Scotties and Season of Champions events such as the Canada Cups, Continental Cups, TSN Skins Games and Grand Slam series events.
As for looking back on that road map after arriving at a final destination where the name ‘Jones, Terry’ is being enshrined among curling’s legends, the man it belongs to feels like he’s not just in great company, but the company of greats.
“I’ll go in beside Jones, Colleen and – eventually – Jones, Jennifer, voted last week on the TSN poll as the two greatest female curlers of all-time,” he said. “What will be wrong with that picture, huh?”
Red Deer and Edmonton to Host 2021 IIHF World Junior Championship
Article from Red Deer Rebels Red Deer and Edmonton to Host 2021 IIHF World Junior Championship
EDMONTON, Alta. – The world’s best junior hockey players will be skating for gold on Alberta ice at the 2021 IIHF World Junior Championship.
Hockey Canada, in partnership with the Canadian Hockey League (CHL), has awarded the 45th edition of the international tournament to the cities of Edmonton and Red Deer.
“To return to Alberta is an incredible opportunity for Hockey Canada and the IIHF World Junior Championship,” said Scott Smith, president and chief operating officer of Hockey Canada. “The province of Alberta and the cities of Edmonton and Red Deer have a history of hosting successful, world-class events, including the 1995 IIHF World Junior Championship in Red Deer, the 2012 edition of the tournament in Edmonton and the 2018 Hlinka Gretzky Cup last summer. We are confident in this committee’s ability to successfully execute on its vision for the 2021 IIHF World Junior Championship, and we look forward to working with them to ensure we leave a lasting legacy in Alberta and across the country that helps us continue to grow and foster the game from the grassroots to elite levels.”
Smith was chair of the site-selection committee, which also included Hockey Canada CEO Tom Renney, former Hockey Canada board chair Joe Drago and CHL president David Branch, and was supported by Dean McIntosh, vice-president of events and properties for Hockey Canada as the committee’s resource staff.
Hockey Canada has played host to the IIHF World Junior Championship 12 times in the tournament’s 41-year history; the 13th IIHF World Junior Championship on Canadian ice officially kicks off this month in Vancouver and Victoria. Organizers of the 2021 tournament will take part in the 2019 IIHF World Junior Championship as part of the preparation and planning for Edmonton and Red Deer.
Leading the committee are Oilers Entertainment Group (OEG) in partnership with the City of Edmonton, and the Red Deer Rebels Hockey Club in partnership with the City of Red Deer.
“Oilers Entertainment Group is thrilled to be able to continue our partnership with Hockey Canada, this time to help bring the IIHF World Junior Championship to Edmonton and Red Deer,” said Bob Nicholson, OEG CEO & vice chair. “We are continuing to build Edmonton’s international reputation as a destination for hockey and we know the hockey fans in our community will be excited to cheer on Team Canada on home ice.”
“On behalf of the Rebels organization, the City of Red Deer, our partners at Westerner Park and all junior hockey fans across Central Alberta, we are beyond excited to bring the IIHF World Junior Championship back to our community,” said Brent Sutter, owner, general manager and head coach of the Red Deer Rebels. “This marquee event was a game-changer for the region in 1995, and we’re sure fans from around the world will be embraced once again.”
“As a site-selection committee, finding the optimal site for the IIHF World Junior Championship is always our priority,” said Branch. As a partner, the CHL is instrumental in the hosting of the IIHF World Junior Championship on Canadian ice, sharing in the event legacy for the development of high-performance junior hockey across the country, and lending its players, coaches and support staff to participating teams. “The interest and excitement to host this special event remains high as we look to 2021 and beyond. Today is about celebrating the selection of Edmonton and Red Deer as co-hosts in 2021 and the teams, volunteers, staff and fans who will make the 2019 IIHF World Junior Championship in Vancouver and Victoria an unforgettable experience beginning later this month.”
The Government of Alberta has committed its support to the 2021 IIHF World Junior Championship.
“Alberta’s towns and cities are rich with hockey culture and our government is proud to support the 2021 World Juniors,” said the Honourable Ricardo Miranda, minister of culture and tourism for the Government of Alberta. “These championships will bring top-notch athletes and tourists from around the world to explore our beautiful province. This is an incredible opportunity for Alberta and I know co-hosting the games in Edmonton and Red Deer will be a winning combination.”
The 2021 World Juniors will be co-hosted at Rogers Place, the home of the NHL’s Edmonton Oilers and Oil Kings of the Western Hockey League (WHL), and at the ENMAX Centrium, home of the WHL’s Red Deer Rebels with regional economic impact expected to exceed $50-million.
“We’re thrilled to partner with Red Deer again after a great Hlinka Gretzky Cup this summer,” said Mayor Don Iveson. “We’re looking forward to showcasing our outstanding hosting skills as well as Edmonton’s Rogers Place and Ice District to the world. Events like this have a significant local economic impact that will benefit Edmontonians and allow them to enjoy their ongoing love for hockey.”
“World Juniors is more than a hockey tournament. It is our national tradition. Red Deer is honoured to be a partner host City for the 2020/2021 World Juniors, especially given our strong community history of hosting Juniors in 1995”, said Red Deer Mayor Tara Veer. “We will build on this proud heritage with our government and hockey partners. Hockey Canada, the Oilers Entertainment Group and the Red Deer Rebels are to be applauded for the hockey and Canadian history we are writing today, and for the opportunity they have secured for us”.
Tickets for the 2021 IIHF World Junior Championship will be available to Edmonton Oilers, Oil Kings and Rebels season-seat holders in the spring. Tickets will go on sale to the public at a later date. To be sure they don’t miss out, fans can get front-of-the-line access when tickets go on sale to the public by registering HERE.
A legacy plan for potential profits from the event will provide for grassroots hockey program support across the province and throughout Hockey Canada’s 13 regional members, as well as the CHL. A portion of the profits are used by the IIHF to grow the game internationally.
Edmonton to host Hockey Canada Foundation gala
The City of Edmonton was also confirmed as host city for the 2019 Hockey Canada Foundation Gala & Golf event by Foundation chair Doug Goss and event co-chairs Ashif and Zainul Mawji on Thursday
The annual event is Hockey Canada’s single largest fundraiser, supporting the growth of the game from coast to coast to coast. The event, which leaves 50 percent of its net proceeds within the host community and surrounding region to help grow the game, has raised approximately $4 million since 2009, including a $400,000 legacy from the 2018 HCF Gala & Golf in London, Ont., last June.
That legacy will be used to assist Hockey Canada programs that introduce children of all backgrounds and circumstances the opportunity to experience hockey. The fund will provide financial assistance to families demonstrating need whose children’s passion for the game was fueled through the Canadian Tire First Shift and Try Hockey programs so they can pursue the game with their local minor hockey association.
For more information on Hockey Canada, Canada’s National Junior Team, and the 2019 IIHF World Junior Championship, visit HockeyCanada.ca or follow along via social media on Facebook and Twitter, as well as #WorldJuniors.
Honoured Member Beckie Scott Resigns from WADA Committee
Article from CBC written by Eddie Pells of The Associated Press: Beckie Scott resigns from WADA committee that recommended reinstating Russian Anti-Doping Agency
The move comes after that six-person committee recommended on Friday that the Russian Anti-Doping Agency (RUSADA) be reinstated.
WADA made changes to some of the most stringent requirements to bring RUSADA back into compliance following a nearly three-year suspension.
Scott will remain as the chair of WADA's athlete committee.
RUSADA was first ruled non-compliant and suspended in November of 2015, following a report by Canadian lawyer Richard McLaren that found evidence of drug abuse coverups — including while Russia hosted the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics.
WADA softened a demand that Russia accept the findings of the McLaren report, which stated that the government directed doping that led to winning Olympic medals.
Russia has also agreed to turn over data and doping samples that could help corroborate positive tests, though no firm date has been set.
The WADA executive committee meets next week to decide whether to accept the review panel's recommendation.
When WADA announced the review panel's decision Friday, it came under fire from athletes and anti-doping leaders around the world, who decried, among other things, the agency's lack of transparency.
In response, WADA released six letters Saturday detailing the negotiations between the review committee, WADA leaders, including Olivier Niggli and Craig Reedie, and the Russian minister of sport, Pavel Kolobkov.
In an email sent to media that linked to the letters, WADA said it "has been leading the drive to ensure that Russia meets the Roadmap in full."
"The fact is that leadership requires flexibility," the email said. "The proposals made in the ... letter are grounded in pragmatism and are nuanced interpretations of the Roadmap in order to bring matters to a conclusion and to not allow the significant progress that the Russian Anti-Doping Agency has made over the last two years, under WADA's supervision, to be undone."
But Scott wasn't the only one dissatisfied with the process.
German athletes' representative Silke Kassner called on WADA to postpone next week's decision and said Niggli and Reedie have learned "absolutely nothing. ... Whole process much too intransparent and at late notice."
And Edwin Moses, the chairman of the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency, wrote in an op-ed in The New York Times that the WADA decision "has sparked shock among sports fans and clean athletes worldwide, who, like me, and with no transparency from the global anti-doping body, are scratching their heads at this abrupt, curiously timed development."
One of WADA's reworked requirements was that instead of publically accepting findings from the McLaren Report, Russia specifically accept a finding in the Schmid report that stated "a number of individuals within the Ministry of Sport and its subordinated entities' were involved in the `manipulations'."
Russia's ultimate response, in a letter sent by Kolobkov on Thursday: "The Russian Federation fully accepted the decision of the IOC Executive Board ... that was made based on the findings of the Schmid report." The review panel deemed that acceptable.
Regarding the data and samples, Kolobkov wrote that Russia would facilitate handing them over "After the reinstatement of RUSADA and the consent of the Russian Investigative Committee," which has been conducting its own probe into who was responsible for the doping scheme.
WADA, in its email, said if the data isn't provided within a strict time limit, then the review committee will recommend to the executive committee that RUSADA be again declared noncompliant.
2018 Summer Students
The end of the summer means saying goodbye to our amazing Summer Students.
Jenna Dudar, Summer Coordinator
Matt Zentner, Collections and Research Assistant
Lisa Martell, Summer Education Assistant
Some of their amazing projects included Collections work, exhibit design, education planning and events such as the Teddy Bear Bash and the Beyond the Classroom Education Summer Series. We hope our students enjoy their time with us, we know we are sure going to miss them!
We acknowledge the support of the Government of Canada.
Nous reconnaissons l'appui du gouvernement du Canada.