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Evans inducted into Alberta Hockey Hall of Fame

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    It was 49 years ago that Jack Evans, the boy from Wayne, and his gritty defense helped the Chicago Blackhawks win the Stanley Cup.
    It took 49 years before the team ended that drought, and coincidentally, three days after the victory, Jack Evans was inducted into the Alberta Hockey Hall of Fame.
    Evans who passed away in 1996 was officially inducted posthumously on Saturday, June 12 at a ceremony in Red Deer. His brother Luther accepted the honour with his wife and two sons. Jacks’ brother Glen was unable to attend but his son attended the event.
    A rugged defenseman, Jack played in the NHL for 14 seasons and then coached for eight more. He worked his way into the league with the New York Rangers. It was with the Blackhawks that he played along side of Bobby Hull, Pierre Pilote and Stan Mikita. The team won the Stanley Cup in 1961.
    Evans was nominated to be inducted by Brent Pedersen. To be nominated, the person must have lived in Alberta for at least five years, must have personal and professional accomplishments in the game of hockey, must have made an impact in the game beyond a local or regional level and must have received significant other recognitions. Nominations could be made for either an individual or team active or retired.
    Jim Fisher of Drumheller emceed the event at the Capri Hotel and Convention Centre on Saturday, June 12. What stood out for him was the induction happened just days after the Blackhawks ended their championship drought.
    “Last time they (Blackhawks) won he was one of the stalwarts on defense for the team,” he said. It was very pleasant to see that happen.”
    Evans is among three inductees in the achievement categories, which also includes the 1977 to 1980 University of Alberta Golden Bears and the 1970-1971 Red Deer Rustlers.
    The induction happened on the same weekend as Alberta Hockey’s annual General Meeting. Drumheller’s George Kallay was elected as Zone 6 director.

Valley lacrosse team moving onto provincials

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    Lacrosse in the badlands is making headway this season, with all age groups performing in tournaments and games this weekend.
    The bantams started their tournament with a convincing 10-4 win over the Innisfail Phantoms on Friday night, followed by a loss Saturday against the top ranked Red Deer Chiefs. They lost against the rough playing Olds team on Sunday to end their season.
    After having a bye into the first round of playoffs, the Pee-wee squad lost both their games Saturday, not having the legs to pull off a win, says Badlands Lacrosse President, Dave Powell.
    The novice players beat Olds on Friday, 4-3, before taking a heartbreaking double overtime loss on Saturday to Locoka, 4-3. But the team is moving on to the semi-finals this Friday after defeating Red Deer 5-1 on Sunday.
    The Ramada Midgets played Friday night against Lacoka and fought right from the opening to the whistle, ending the game with an 8-4 victory. They then lost to a second Red Deer team, with some questionable calls being made, Badlands lost 4-3. Sunday was a different story, with the Midgets being down 4-2 going into the third quarter, came back with 4 uncontested goals to beat Red Deer 6-5.
    With this win they have now qualified for Provincials in Medicine Hat in mid-July.        They play next Saturday in the semifinals against a strong Innisfail team.
    The tyke and mini-tyke teams participated in a fun tournament over the weekend in Blackfalds, with what Powell calls some exciting young players that will carry forward competitive lacrosse in the future.
    “Tenacious defense and speedy, creative offense made for some entertaining lacrosse matches for the young players, aged 3 to 8.”


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