A look at the region’s busy sports community.
As of tomorrow, November 11, the Fort Mcmurray Oil Barons will be suiting up in commemorative jerseys – crested with a Lest We Forget banner and poppies adorning the sweater - when they host the Canmore Eagles. Game jerseys will be auctioned off with all proceeds to the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 165.
“As Canadians, it’s important for us to reflect on the role our brave military men and women have played in serving Canada at home and abroad,” said Oil Barons and Northern Alberta Athletic Association (NAAA) President David Fitzgerald in a media release. “This is our way of honouring them and raising money to support programs and services that are offered by the Royal Canadian Legion for veterans.”
Barons continue to lead the Alberta Junior Hockey League Viterra North Division with 16 wins, three losses and one overtime loss. Bottom of the eight team AJHL North is Drayton Valley Thunder at three wins and 19 losses.
The Barons recently acquired Domenico Argento from the OCN Blizzard (Manitoba Junior Hockey League) in exchange for future considerations. Argento has unpacked his bags numerous times in the last few years, with cups of coffee for the Blizzard, Cataractes, Cobras, Cougars, Hawks, Islanders, Montangnards, Mooseheads, Rangers and Tigers.
The Fort Mcmurray Legion Pipes and Drums, who appear at countless local events including sports, are saying goodbye today to one of their finest. Robert Glashoerster, 29, was a gentle giant who leaves us too soon. I will truly miss our talks about Freakonomics.
Remembrance Day reflection: Back in the 1960s’ one of Fort Mcmurray’s best allaround athletes was Gordon Glenn White, attending St. John’s School from Kindergarten to Grade 11 and later Grade 12 at St. Anthony’s College in Edmonton.
Of Métis heritage, White, who had eight siblings, left Fort Mcmurray and joined the U.S. Marines and on October 25, 1968 started his tour of duty in Vietnam.
In the role of rifleman while a member of Company G, second Battalion of the 26th, USA Marines, he was killed March 12, 1969 when an explosive device was accidently detonated by a comrade, killing White and eight others.
He was only 23 and for several years afterwards, a local boxing tournament was held in his honour.
Spinning the basketball on his finger with Harlem Globetrotter finesse, followed up by a perfect behind-theback pass, Mayor Don Scott recently displayed his basketball talents at halftime of a Keyano Huskies basketball game. Stealing the impromptu show though, was his father Keith Scott, bringing loud applause from the crowd . Keith spent over 50 years playing comedy basketball for such teams as the House of David and Harlem Aces, even playing against hoops legend Wilt Chamberlain. At age 82, Keith showed that he still had skills.
Keyano College Huskies men’s soccer team are presently in Nanaimo, British Columbia participating in the 2017 Canadian Collegiate Athletic Association Men’s Soccer National Championships. As of press deadline, the threetime defending Alberta Colleges Athletic Conference champion were in semi-final play. In quarter final opening round action Wednesday, they shutout Holland Hurricanes 2-0 with Neto Maguel and Eduardo Filho scoring. In a post-game lockeroom talk, head coach Murad Sukru said: “We’ve gone through the toughest stage. Tomorrow we go back at it again. We worked hard today, we defended, we attacked, we played our game, we never changed ourselves.“It was also Sukru’s birthday.
Good luck to local volleyball players trying out for the Zone 7 volleyball team this weekend in St. Paul in preparation for the 2018 Alberta Winter Games which Fort Mcmurray will host February 16-19, 2018.
Keyano Huskies men’s volleyball are currently ranked eighth in CCAA volleyball polls from coast-to-coast-to-coast with fifth-year right -side Blazej Pellowski attempting to become the all-time ACAC leader in service aces. The Wroclaw, Poland native currently has 131 aces in 296 sets. The record is held by former Huskies star and two-time CCAA Men’s Volleyball Player of the Year Alwyn Piche who totaled 176 in 276 sets.
Local thoroughbred owner Danny Dion had one of his star horses Johnny Bear beat the 12-1 odds to win the Grade 1 $800,000 Pattison Canadian International at Woodbine Racetrack recently. According to the website Equibase, Dion’s Bear Stables Ltd. has earned a little over $18,500,000 to date with an incredible 2,509 starts since 2005.
Fort Mcmurray’s Jacques Saayman placed second at the 2017 ACAC Cross Country Championships clocking a time of 27:33.50 for the eight kilometre distance. Assisting the SAIT Trojans to a ACAC men’s team title, he competes tomorrow at the 2017 CCAA Cross Country Championships being held in Lionelgroulx Blainville, Quebec.
Fort Mcmurray Barons Peewee AA currently stand atop the Peewee AA Northern Hockey League Black Division with five wins, one loss and two ties behind 48 goals for and 33 goals against. Quinn Szpak leads the way with 12 goals and five assists. They host Lakeland Panthers this weekend November 11-12 at Frank Lacroix Minor Hockey Arena.
Catch you on the rebound.
Keyano Huskies’ Eduardo Filho (No. 20) was named Player of the Game following Huskies 2-0 shutout of the Holland Hurricanes in the opening quarter-final at the 2017 CCAA Men’s Soccer National Championships held in Nanaimo, B.C.
Fort Mcmurray Oil Barons Rememberance Day jerseys.