Feature Exhibit: The Games We Play
Written By Breanna Suk, Collections and Exhibit Coordinator, Alberta Sports Hall of Fame and Museum
In February, we launched our new feature exhibit “The Games We Play,” which is filled with traditional table top games, some indigenous hand games, and several video game consoles.
The feedback we received from friends, volunteers, and guests has been overwhelmingly positive, however we are often asked, ‘How do games, especially video games, tie into sports?’ I love this question because it allows me to share why this exhibit means so much to me and why I was so excited to do the research, write the storyline, and watch the whole exhibit come together.
I grew up in a house where we played family games more than sports, so these were my very first introductions to sports. I vividly remember sitting on the floor playing crokinole with my grandpa while he visited from Ontario. I remember the strange phantom pain I felt in my fingertips when the game piece hit the pegs, even though my fingers were nowhere near the board. Later, while watching the Ferby Four curl on TV with my dad, I made the connection between the sport of curling and the crokinole game.
I have similar memories of video games. I can remember being 5 or 6 and watching my brother play NHL ‘95. He took the time to explain to me who all the different players and teams were and his choices. It is the first real memory I have that is attached to hockey, which is now one of my favourite sports to watch and follow. These childhood memories give a broader appreciation for how these games allow us, as children and fans, to interact with the teams and players we love. Now married, I spend many nights curled up with my husband as he plays NHL ‘18 and MLB Showtime.
When I started planning this exhibit, I was very nervous. While I love creating exhibits highlighting
technology and equipment evolution, I was even more excited to make something that would prompt my generation and younger to
remember their first sports video games. While “The Games We Play” might not be what you expect in a sports museum, this exhibit will show exactly how games and sports belong together.
ASHFM featured on CBC TV's Our Edmonton: The Attractions Edition
Check out the Alberta Sports Hall of Fame and Museum airing on CBC TV's Our Edmonton: The Attractions Edition. This special episode showcases 32 festivals, tourist attractions, and hot spots in the capital region. Use this episode to map out your summer adventures!
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Honoured Member Wickenheiser named to 2026 Calgary Board
Decorated athletes Hayley Wickenheiser and Catriona Le May Doan were among the first named to the board of directors for Calgary 2026.
The bid corporation established earlier this month is taking over the work of analyzing and building Calgary’s potential bid for the 2026 Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games.
Fifteen of the board members that will join chair Scott Hutcheson were announced Wednesday, with another five still to be appointed.
International Olympic Committee member Dick Pound and Indigenous lawyer Wilton Littlechild were also among those named to the board.
Wickenheiser, a four-time Olympic gold medallist in hockey, was appointed vice-chair. Le May Doan is a two-time gold medallist in speedskating.
"The board is made up of some of the most senior professionals and influential people who have a keen understanding of the sport community and our orders of government," Hutcheson said Wednesday in a statement.
"We will quickly establish a strong working relationship, and develop a culture of healthy, open and productive dialogue that will lead to informed decision making."
The board has representation from the city and provincial and federal governments, as well as the Canadian Olympic Committee, Canadian Paralympic Committee, Town of Canmore and the Indigenous communities.
Pound, president Tricia Smith and chief executive officer Chris Overholt are the COC representatives. Marc-Andre Fabien was the CPC’s appointee.
City manager Jeff Fielding, entrepreneur Manjit Minhas who appears on CBC’s Dragon’s Den and Deloitte executive Chris Lee represent Calgary.
Chief administrator officer Lisa de Soto represents the Town of Canmore, where the nordic centre is located.
Metis lawyer Jude Daniels is an at-large member who has worked in the oil and gas sector.
The province of Alberta’s board members are deputy minister of culture and tourism Meryl Whittaker, deputy minister of operations Ray Gilmour and managing director of communications and public engagement Corey Hogan.
Celebrate #IndigenousPeoplesDay in Canada
In honour of #IndigenousHistoryMonth and #IndigenousPeoplesDay in Canada, the Alberta Sports Hall of Fame and Museum invites you to celebrate the amazing stories of our Honoured Members.
Click the links below for their individual bios and videos:
Charlie Smallface: Inducted 1974 Boxing Athlete
He won 49 of his 50 career fights and received the Tom Longboat Trophy in 1951, 1952, 1953 & 1954.
Ronald Southern: Inducted in 1992 Equestrian Builder
In 2013, Ron was named an honourary member of the Tsuu T'ina chieftainship - given the name Chief Sorrel Horse.
Api-Kai-ees Deerfoot: Inducted 1998 Achievement Award
Deerfoot is the legendary Blackfoot runner who raced in the1800s, and was said to have outrun horses and riders, and left other runners choking on prairie dust.
Sam Donaghey: Inducted 1999 Soccer Builder
Sam Donaghey has been made an Honourary Chief and given Indigenous names in Seven Native Indian Bands and the Metis Nation of Alberta, principally for sports research from 1967 to 1992.
Willie Littlechild: Inducted 2009 Multisport Builder
A Cree from the Ermineskin Tribe of the Maskwacis Cree Nation, he has won more than seventy provincial, regional, national and international championships in the sports of hockey, swimming, baseball and triathlon.
Theo Fleury: Inducted 2018 Hockey Athlete
Honorary Chief of the Siksika Nation in 2009 and a recipient of the Aboriginal Indspire Award in 2013.
Coverage of 2018 Inductees - Red Deer Advocate
Red Deer Advocate: Pair of Central Albertans heading to Alberta Sports Hall of Fame
Red Deer’s Dianne Finstad and Halkirk’s Leighann Doan Reimer in class of 2018
A pair of Central Albertans were among those introduced on Friday as the Alberta Sports Hall of Fame and Museum class 0f 2018.
Red Deer award-winning farm and rodeo broadcaster and reporter Dianne Finstad and Leighann Doan Reimer, who grew up in Halkirk, and went on to play for the national team and is considered by many as the best woman basketball player to suit up for University of Calgary’s Dinos, were introduced along with 10 other inductee individuals and teams.
One of the most familiar faces, especially for hockey fans, belonged to Theoren Fleury, who starred for 11 seasons with the Calgary Flames, winning the Stanley Cup in 1989. Fleury also has gold medals from the 1988 World Junior Championships, 1991 Canada Cup and 2002 Olympic Games.
Finstad, who began her career at Red Deer’s CKRD in 1981 and has been a regular Advocate contributor, enjoyed being more than a broadcaster and reporter on the sidelines. She was the recipient of the Hall of Fame’s Bell Memorial Award.
“We were kind of cheering along with the cowboys and trying to bring more coverage and more awareness of the sport,” said Finstad. “As the sport grows, I think it’s maybe kind of cool to be a part of that.”
She has been a general assignment reporter and anchor, and as a journalist specializing in farming and rodeo, she was behind award-winning shows “This Business of Farming” and “Makin’ 8.” She has covered all of rodeo’s marquee events, including the Canadian Finals Rodeo, Calgary Stampede and the National Finals Rodeo in Las Vegas.
Finstad said she has enjoyed telling the stories of the farming community and rodeo athletes. She’s been doing it long enough she is now interviewing the children of her early subjects, she said with a laugh.
“It’s kind of neat to have felt part of their family and still be watching the next generation come forward.”
Doan Reimer played high school basketball in Stettler and went to the University of Calgary, where she was named 1997 Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS) Women’s Basketball Rookie of the Year, 2000 and 2001 CIS Women’s Basketball Player of the Year and 2001 CIS Athlete of the Year. She was a four-time First Team All Canadian, competed for Team Canada at the 2003 Pan Am Games and played professional basketball in France from 2001 to 2004.
Doan Reimer is now a business owner and a teacher in Three Hills, where her students have been impressed by her Hall of Fame induction and basketball achievements. She is still the Dinos all-time leading scorer with 1,958 points.
She encourages her students to follow their dreams, no matter where they are from.
“Small town doesn’t mean anything anymore. I like to encourage them in that.”
Doan Reimer has been to the induction banquet to see friends honoured and was a little taken aback when her name was called.
“It kind of shocked me to begin with, but it’s always fun to look back over those memories and to relive some of that.”
Calgary Flames star Theoren Fleury said he liked that the Hall of Fame inducted whole teams — this year it is the Calgary Colts Junior Football Team that won the Canadian Junior Football League National Championships in 1989 and 1990. About 50 players from those teams were expected to show up for the evening banquet.
“I played on a lot of teams that had success and with the team success comes personal success,” said Fleury.
Fleury, who won the Stanley Cup with Calgary in 1989, thanked the many people who helped him along the way including from the hockey world, teammates, coaches and managers.
Other inductees were:
Doug Barkley, hockey athletes and builder
Keely Brown, ringette athlete
Cindy Klassen, speedskater
Phil Allen, basketball builder (inducted posthumously)
Dave King, hockey builder
Dr. Lorne Sawula, volleyball builder
Stuart Erskine, Achievement Award
Rod Davies Pioneer Award
Fundraising Gala for Lisa Miller and Farrel Shadlyn Tennis Courts for Peace
Edmonton Journal Article: Edmonton couple use funds to renovate Israeli tennis centre
One of Edmonton’s most lively couples will dedicate funds raised at a gala honouring them to an Israeli tennis centre uniting children of different races, religions and economic backgrounds.
Lisa Miller and Farrel Shadlyn will be honoured June 19 at the Jewish National Fund of Edmonton’s Negev Gala dinner at the Fantasyland Hotel ballroom.
“The Ettenberg Israel Tennis Centre (ITC) in Haifa is at maximum capacity and must expand if it is to accommodate the needs of vulnerable youth from low-income households, new immigrant families and children with special needs,” said Miller.
Miller and Shadlyn have both played tennis at the Royal Glenora Club for many years and when told of their honour, quickly suggested helping the ITC would promote unity and coexistence between children of all backgrounds.
“Plans include the construction of two new tennis courts and expanding the building for more classrooms to accommodate the ITC’s growing education, remediation and enrichment programs,” says Shadlyn.
The new addition will be called the Lisa Miller and Farrel Shadlyn Tennis Courts for Peace. Friends say the couple is well-deserving of the recognition.
The duo has helped sponsor scores of local charities, from the Salvation Army and sports organizations for the handicapped to the Citadel Theatre and the Edmonton Community Foundation.
Inspired by his mom in his native Toronto, Shadlyn, then 15, volunteered to help the mentally challenged and went on to run a program for 200 at-risk kids ages five to eight.
He was later hired to teach drama to kids in after-school programs and says he had a flare for drama.
“Up until Grade 10, I was the class clown, acting up and sometimes getting into trouble,” says Shadlyn. “But I auditioned for a school play and landed a major role.”
As an undergraduate at York University, he toured with the York U Story Players, received an Ontario Drama Scholarship and contemplated a career in show business.
“But I was told to be successful I also had to dance, sing or play a musical instrument, skills I lacked,” says Shadlyn.
He concentrated on education and graduated with four degrees: a BA in child psychology; two master’s, in public administration and social work; and a law degree. Shadlyn now practises family and criminal law.
Miller was on all the sports teams at Crestwood Junior High School. But sitting around the family table celebrating her 16th birthday, there were guffaws when she declared her ambition was to be a TV sports reporter.
“The CBS’s Phyllis George, a former Miss America, was the only female sportscaster at the time,” says Miller.
“The only pageant I had won was being named the Crestwood Carnival Queen. And that was for selling the most raffle tickets.”
Her first media job was as an intern at CFRN, where she found herself cutting audio tape with a razor blade. (Digital editing was futuristic.)
In 1978, Miller was hired by Standard Broadcasting to be a “gopher” for a radio crew during the Commonwealth Games and got her break when asked to stand in for a reporter with a time conflict.
Returning to CFRN after the Games, she was offered part-time work while finishing university.
“I was later asked if I had a class or could I cover a story,” says Miller. “I cut the class and covered the story.
“At 19, I decided that was the end of my university career and began a full-time job at CFRN.”
It was a career that spanned 21 years before she became an award-winning freelance documentary film-maker and awards show producer.
Miller was the first female [Bell Memorial Award] to be inducted unto the Alberta Sports Hall of Fame.
The couple has three academic-achieving children and can often be found in the summer at their Seba Beach cottage.
Miller hones her physical skills by mowing the lawn, painting the deck or tending the vegetable garden.
“Farrel has a flair for pursuing a good book while sitting on a lawn chair,” says Miller. “He’s happy to allow me to experience all the rustic joys of cottage ownership.”
How all-round athlete Sue Lampert and I came to be featured in a feature-length documentary came about three years ago when we were cycling back from Haida Gwaii with a totem pole for the Stollery Children’s Hospital.
Staying at the Terracana Ranch and Resort west of Jasper, we met Laurent Goldstein, a Vancouver documentary maker who was taking two years and visiting six countries to produce Your Second Fifty, Rising above the Fears of Aging.
“My idea was to motivate people to challenge preconceived beliefs and thoughts surrounding aging,” he said. “I wanted to explore the mental, physical, emotional, spiritual and financial dimensions of life and ask can one be 70 and climb Mt. Everest?”
The documentary will be screened 6 p.m., June 6, at the NAIT Shaw Theatre, 11726 106 St. Tickets $10 at the door.
Wear your best flowery shirt and move to the music of the Beach Boys while sipping some of the world’s finest Pinot Noir and supporting CASA at the Thursday, June 28, California Dreaming-themed Pinot on the Patio at the Royal Glenora Club. Tickets $85, call 780-400-4538.