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MLA Barb Miller, Red Deer - South, stopped by the Alberta Sports Hall of Fame and Museum today to tour the museum and meet the 2018 Summer Students. 

MLA Visit

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.


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!

Watch on CBC TV:

Saturday at 10 a.m.
Sunday at 1 p.m.
Monday at 11 a.m.

Article from Sportsnet: Wickenheiser, Le May Doan, among first board members for Calgary 2026

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.



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.