October 7, 2016 Issue 1 Volume 1 Windy City Sports Southern Alberta Sports, All The Time Copperheads celebrate 10 years It’s been a decade of success for the Coaldale Copperheads. The junior B hockey team is celebrating its 10th season, something that probably didn’t seem possible at the start. The Copperheads inaugural season came in the 2006-2007 year when the Lethbridge Southern Express was relocated to Coaldale. Kelly and Kevin Wiebe, who’s son, Levi, was in his first season with the club, made the decision to try to relocate the franchise. “We put it all together in a matter of six weeks, said Kelly Wiebe, who continues to serve on the team’s Board of Directors. “We Dillan Kelly makes a save during the home opener of the Coaldale Copperheads 10th Anniversary Season, Sept. 17. were pretty confident that it would be successful if we could get it into a smaller center.” The team took to the ice wearing borrowed Coaldale Minor Hockey jerseys. The Wiebe’s garage doubled as the team’s storage room. From those auspicious beginnings, the Copperheads grew into a league force, winning the Heritage Junior Hockey League title in 2015. Continued on Page 2
October 7, 2016 Issue 1 Volume 1  Windy City Sports Southern Alberta Sports, All The Time  Copperheads celebrate 10 years ...
2 Windy City Sports Snakes a big part of Coaldale Levi Takahashi breaks a tackle as the Catholic Central High School took on Chinook High School in Southern Alberta High School Football action. Continued from Page 1 “There was a whole combination of things that clicked that season, and we sensed it right away,” said Wiebe. “We feel the same way about this team.” This year’s edition is off to a 5-0 start and have continued to draw strong crowds. The Copperheads boast a strong following of loyal of boisterous fans. Attendance at many games pushes to almost 800 in the Coaldale Arena. “The way some of the other teams put it is that we are very passionate about our team.” That passion continues after hockey is done. Wiebe is among four original board members still involved with the club. Cop- COBS BREAD LETHBRIDGE 21 Southgate Blvd S Lethbridge, Alberta 403 393 9286 perheads apparel can be seen around town and many former members are still involved with the team and have become board members themselves. “There’s a ton of pride in this team,” says Wiebe. Why after 10 years is Wiebe still involved, now that her kids are no longer part of the team? “I love this game and I love these kids,” she says. “It gives Coaldale something to do, something to look forward too.” However, as the team is looking to move forward, they are on the lookout for new board members. That’s easier said than done, as Wiebe says finding the right fit is important to the team. “We have to find the right people to keep things going in the right direction.”
2  Windy City Sports  Snakes a big part of Coaldale  Levi Takahashi breaks a tackle as the Catholic Central High School to...
Windy City Sports 3 Short notice no problem for U-16 Cup Lethbridge is hosting another major event this week. Lethbridge Soccer Association is hosting the U-16 Cup National Championships, Oct. 5 to Oct. 10, featuring the 12 best girls teams and 10 best boys teams in the country. Lethbridge Soccer was asked to host the event on short notice this spring after initial host PEI ran into some facility issues. Being asked to step in is an honor for the local group says Lethbridge Soccer Association manager, Steve Dudas. ‘It’s definitely a little feather in our cap,” he said. Lethbridge has hosted the U-16s before, as well as a U-14 championship. Being a proven city to host the event definitely played into Canada Soccer’s decision. The short time frame proved a challenge for the organizing committee, but volunteers have made it possible to accommodate the compressed schedule. “A lot of people stepped up for us again,” said Dudas. ‘We also had our usual crew who come out and they all know who they are.” Despite their young ages, the play has been very good in the ear- Edmonton Alberta Scottish takes on Nova Scotia Suburban FC during the U-16 Cup National Championships at University of Lethbridge Stadium, Oct. 6 University of Lethbridge Pronghorns take on Medicine Hat College Rattlers in exhibition play at the 1st Choice Savings Centre, Sept. 21 ly games and only looks to get more intense as the tournament goes on. “These kids really know how to move the ball,” said Dudas. The tournament is also a benefit to the city of Lethbridge and surrounding area. Bringing in 22 teams worth of players, coaches, parents and friends will have an overall positive effect on Lethbridge businesses. “It definitely has brought a lot of people to town and the surrounding area so there is that spin-off,” said Dudas. “I think it will be very good for our hotels and restaurants.” Games continue during the weekend of October 7-10, with matches at Lethbridge Sports Park and University of Lethbridge Stadium. Finals will take place at University of Lethbridge Stadium on Monday, Oct. 10. Visit canadasoccer.com for game times and schedule information.
Windy City Sports  3  Short notice no problem for U-16 Cup Lethbridge is hosting another major event this week. Lethbridge...
4 Windy City Sports Estephan looks to continue positive strides The Lethbridge Hurricanes welcomed back one of their leaders last week. Centre Giorgio Estephan returned to the Hurricanes lineup after attending his second camp with the NHL Buffalo Sabres. After scoring 39 goals and 44 assists to help in the resurrection of the Hurricanes last season, and scoring his first professional goal with Buffalo’s AHL affiliate, in Rochester, Estephan says he was better prepared for training camp. “Having gone through it my first year and experiencing a little bit of pro life made it a lot easier,” he said. “These are the guys you watch on TV and it’s such a faster pace with more physicality. Everything is much more enhanced at the next level but I think it makes you a lot better.” Getting better every day is something Estephan strives for. After playing his first two seasons on awful Hurricanes teams, Estephan was one of the veterans coach Brent Kisio leaned on to help make Lethbridge a contender again. “We’re excited to prove that what we had last year wasn’t a fluke,” he said. “We all believed in each other and that we could turn things around and make a statement on the culture here.” Estephan is optimistic for the 2016-17 season. Continued on Page 5 Giorgio Estephan and the Lethbridge Hurricanes look to build on a strong 2015-16 season -Photo courtesy Lethbridge Hurricanes Follow us online at windycitysports.ca
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Windy City Sports 5 Hurricanes optimistic for 2016-17 Continued from Page 5 For players like himself, captain Tyler Wong and goaltender Stuart Skinner, who went through the lean years, returning there is not an option. “With the success we had last year, it gave us the motivation to not return to the previous years,” he said. “Those seasons helped in that we learned what we don’t want to be like. We definitely know what losing was like and we don’t want that to happen again.” Last year’s edition of the ‘Canes definitely surprised a lot of people with their WHL Central Division title. It’s fair to say they won’t be sneaking up on their competition this season. “Teams are going to be ready to play us and want to beat us,” said Estephan. “We have to have a new outlook as a team and not take anyone lightly.” Individually, Estephan has some things that he knows he needs to work on. His experience at Sabres camp only emphasized what he needs to do to take his game to the next level. “There’s always stuff you can improve on,” he said. “I need to develop certain areas of my game and build on it to become the dominant player I want to be.” Team wise, Estephan wants to see the Hurricanes continue to build on last year’s success and advance deep into the WHL playoffs. “We’re a tenacious team and we’re excited to play for one another and for the fans,” he said. “I’m excited to see what happens this year.” Giorgio Estephan -Photo courtesy Lethbridge Hurricanes Follow us!! windycitysportsab @windcitysports @windycitysportslethbridge Lethbridge College Kodiak’s Alex Opoka eludes a SAIT defender during soccer action, Sept. 10.
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6 Windy City Sports Welcome to a new home for sports! Ryon Moser of the University of Lethbridge Pronghorns battles against the Red Der College Kings in exhibition play, Sept. 9 Welcome to the first issue of Windy City Sports! First off, let’s be clear – this is your publication! We wanted to make this available to all teams, clubs and athletes. Lethbridge and Southern Alberta is home to numerous athletes whose stories get lost in the shuffle – this is their opportunity to shine and let the community share in their achievements. Whether you have a child who just started minor hockey or a senior taking part in a sport you’ve played for 50 years, we want to know. Help us make this a publication that boasts about all that Southern Alberta sports has to offer! *** In addition, we want to encourage the kids out there to write! Every month we will make a draw from submissions from school aged children for great prizes. Stories and photographs are accepted and will be published. *** Speaking of getting involved, it’s time for Lethbridge to get out and support their teams. The Hurricanes are poised to improve on last year’s success, the University of Lethbridge Pronghorns Men’s and Women’s hockey teams both look like they will be forces in Canada West play and both U of L and Lethbridge College boast strong teams in soccer. Lethbridge has developed a bad reputation as a non-sports town, or one filled with fair weather fans. It’s time to change that. *** Continued on Page 7 Cyclists from around the world sprint through downtown Lethbridge during the Tour of Alberta race, Sept. 1
6  Windy City Sports  Welcome to a new home for sports   Ryon Moser of the University of Lethbridge Pronghorns battles aga...
Windy City Sports 7 Jays fans setting bad example Continued from Page 6 One team that hasn’t had trouble getting fans out is the Coaldale Copperheads. The Heritage Junior B Hockey League squad is undefeated in the young season and are continuing to enhance the reputation of the Coaldale Arena as a tough place for opponents to play, thanks in large part to the large and vocal fans who turn out for the games. *** Perhaps the Toronto Blue Jay fans can take a look at Copperhead fans on how to behave. Despite being their boisterous selves, Coaldale fans still manage to show respect for the players on the ice. Blue Jay fans have earned a reputation as bandwagon jumpers with no respect for the game or the players. One only has to look at the beer can incident in the Wild Card game with Baltimore for evidence. Although people say it’s unfair to paint all fans with the same brush, this is the third such incident in three years at the Rogers Centre, something Jays and stadium management have to be concerned about. Hey, success breeds a bigger fan base, and it’s a given that some of them may not be the sharpest tools in the shed, but somewhere along the line people need to realize this isn’t acceptable. A member of the Absolute Baseball Academy slides in safe against Prairie Baseball Academy, Sept 18 at Lloyd Nolan Yard. Get it together Blue Jays fans! You’re giving the rest of Canada a bad name! *** Thanks to Kathy Hong and Dustin Forbes with the Lethbridge Hurricanes for their help in the infancy of this publication. Both went out of their way to answer questions and provided support as we got going. Kelly Wiebe with the Coaldale Copperheads also was generous with her time and assistance as we started up. We Want Your Story! Windy City Sports windycitysports.ca
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8 Windy City Sports Results Women’s Rugby 9/10/16-41 vs Cent Wash 12 9/10/16-29 vs Cent Wash 35 9/18/16-33 @ U of A 39 10/2/16-10 @ U of Cal 64 Men’s Hockey Women’s Hockey 9/9/16-5 vs Red Deer 1 9/10/16-4 vs Red Deer 1 9/16/16-6 vs MacEwan 2 9/17/16-5 vs MacEwan 2 9/30/16-4 @ Lakehead 2 10/1/16-5@Lakehead 4 9/10/16-2 @ U of Sas 2 9/23/16-2 @ Team Sask 5 9/24/16-2 @ U of Man 4 9/25/16-2 @ U of Reg 3 9/30/16-1 vs U of Cal 4 Women’s Soccer 8/13/16-1 @ Lakeland 2 8/27/16-4 vs UGF 0 8/14/16-1 @ U of Winn 1 9/10/16-1 vs UBC Ok 2 8/16/16-4 vs Leth Coll 0 9/11/16-2 vs TRU 0 8/18/16-3 @ Carroll 2 9/17/16-1 @ MacEwan 2 8/19/16-3 @ UGF 4 9/18/16-0 @ MRU 1 8/24/16-3 @ U of Winn 1 9/24/16-1 vs U of Man 2 8/25/16-1 @ U of Winn 1 9/25/16-4 vs U of Winn 1 8/31/16-1 @ MRU 6 10/1/16-0 @ U of Reg 1 9/1/16-1 @ U of Cal 4 10/2/16-0 @ U of Sas 3 9/9/16-2 vs U of A 3 Men’s Bball 9/11/16-2 vs MacEwan 0 10/5/16-94 vs Leth Coll 83 9/17/16-1 @ TRU 2 9/18/16-0 @ UBC Ok 1 Ringette 9/24/16-0 vs U of Vic 1 9/25/16-3 vs Blitz 5 9/25/16-3 vs UBC 2 9/25/16-6 vs Blitz 5 Women’s Bball 9/30/16-5 @ Heat 9 9/17/16-85 vs St Marys 56 10/1/16-7 @ Heat 4 9/21/16-69 vs Med Hat 41 10/2/16-6 @ WHH 8 10/2/16-7 @ WHH 6 9/23/16-79 vs Olds 49 10/6/16-63 v Brock 84 Men’s Soccer 9/10/16-0 vs SAIT 3 9/11/16-3 vs SAIT 3 9/17/16-0 @ Red Deer 2 9/18/16-0 @ Lakeland 3 9/24/16-0 @ Med Hat 1 10/1/16-2 vs Olds 0 10/2/16-1 @ SAIT 3 9/16/16-4 @ Okotoks 2 9/17/16-8 vs High River 1 9/18/16-8 @ Banff 3 9/24/16-8 vs Banff 0 10/1/16-2 vs Ponoka 9 Women’s Soccer 9/10/16-2 vs SAIT 4 9/11/16-2 @ Olds 4 9/17/16-1 @ Red Deer 2 9/18/16-1 @ Lakeland 0 9/24/16-0 @ Med Hat 6 10/1/16-0 vs Olds 5 10/2/16-0 @ SAIT 4 Send us your results! Next issue Oct 21! Contact Us Stories, Results, Photos, Submissions info@windycitysports.ca Advertising/Distribution doug@windycitysports.ca dan@windycitysports.ca Phone (403)892-0853 Windy City Sports is published twice per month by Wyred Sports Media Ltd.. 2236 28 Ave. Coaldale, AB, T1M 0A3 ©2016 Wyred Sports Media Inc. All rights reserved. Content may not be reprinted without permission
8  Windy City Sports  Results Women   s Rugby 9 10 16-41 vs Cent Wash 12 9 10 16-29 vs Cent Wash 35 9 18 16-33   U of A 39...