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Help our ‘second home’ in Hockeyville contest

It’s no great Rocky Mountain secret that Jasper’s Shirley Doran is foundational to the community here, in particular, minor sports (or that she’s not going to love being singled out, again). What’s new is that inspiration she provides through her tireless work at her much-more-than-a snack bar in the arena could actually help its foundation. Lesleigh Campbell, mom to twin eight-year-old hockey players and a ...

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Racers compete in first super G race

Three of Jasper’s under-16 ski team members hit speeds of 97 km/h as they competed in their first super G race in Lake Louise, Feb. 3 and 4. Geoelle Chalifoux, Michael Ralf and Abbey Palamarek braved -30C conditions and heavy snowfall as they raced down portions of the World Cup men’s downhill course and competed against many experienced U16 racers. All three achieved top-20 and top-30 finishes out of a str ...

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PeeWee Bears compete against Edson

Evolution occurs in several ways. I’ve written before how Jasper’s PeeWee Bears have evolved their game by learning to pass and cycle the puck, trapping opponents in their own zone and creating scoring opportunities. In the world of evolution, this is called an epigenetic shift where the players on the team haven’t changed, but how each player uses his or her skills has changed. However, last weekend the Be ...

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Edmonton team wins Jasper bonspiel

Sixteen teams went head-to-head in the first annual Wally Kortzman Jasper Men’s Bonspiel on Feb. 4 and 5. The field was split with eight local teams and eight out-of-town teams, coming from all across Alberta. Before the action began on Saturday morning, the teams were divided into two pools. Each pool played a round robin tournament, competing for cash in all seven games. By the time Sunday morning rolled ...

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PeeWees come up short at home

Every year Jasper’s PeeWee Bears host a six-team tournament where they have a chance to test their skills against some far-flung teams as well as raise some dollars for ice and uniforms. A lot of effort, on and off the ice, goes into running a tournament. So before I get carried away, hats off to managers Ana Lea Berenguer, Christine Oeggerli and all the parents who pulled off a great event. Rarely are all ...

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Bearcats on a Roll

Have you ever been tempted to floridly describe an event that you didn’t attend. “Gee, dad, what was it like the last time the Leafs won three cups in a row?” Frankly, I can’t resist such opportunities, and with a kid at home on the mend instead of on the ice with his team last weekend, what follows is an unabashedly imaginary recapitulation of two hockey games I did not witness. Last weekend, the Jasper Mi ...

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PeeWees pull it out of the ditch

It should have been a long and quiet bus ride on Sunday night as the Jasper PeeWee Bears returned home from a two-game road trip through Slave Lake and Wabasca, but wet snow, slick roads and a soft shoulder shattered the stillness of the drive. Stranded on the side of an icy highway in a listing bus gave us plenty of time to contemplate how different these two games were. On Saturday, the Bears were in Slav ...

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Bearcats seek redemption

On their last road trip, the Jasper Midget Bearcats went oh for two in a pair of games they were in, but couldn’t finish. Last weekend our boys had something to prove as they traveled east again to Ponoka and Maskwacis. Last fall, Jasper went 1-0-1 against the Ponoka Wolves and earlier this month they played two close matches against the Maskwacis Hawks and lost both. The Bearcats struck first on Friday in ...

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Curler eyes hot shots dynasty with second win

It was the shot heard ‘round the Rockies. Never before in the history of hot shots has the annual skills test in Jasper been won by the same person twice. History was made last week as about 15 members of the Jasper Curling Club hit the hacks for the fifth annual hot shots competition. After six different challenges representing in-game situations such as draw through the port, raise and take-out, Darek Bin ...

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Jasper ski team excels in Banff

Families with the Jasper Ski Team headed down the Icefields Parkway to take part in the first Nancy Greene race of the season, Jan. 13. The U8 and U10 athletes arrived at Norquay on Friday to prepare for the race. The Jasper coaches rallied the team onto the snow for an afternoon of gate training and familiarizing the athletes with the mountain. The all-important washroom escape routes were designated and t ...

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