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Town pulls plug on spring ice: Icedogs to use HP rink

Joe McWilliamsLakeside Leader Citing the high costs of maintaining ice in the arena for a single user group, the Town of Slave Lake has decided against an extended season. As a result, the Slave Lake Icedogs won’t be playing any…
Kids soccer season going ahead

No games Pearl LorentzenLakeside Leader “It’s not going to look like our previous seasons,” says TinaMarie Ritter, with Slave Lake Minor Soccer Association. The season doesn’t start until May 17, so the restrictions may change, but the association decided to…
Icedogs settle on final roster; hope to play games soon

Joe McWilliamsLakeside Leader The Slave Lake Icedogs have been busy as a roomful of one-armed paper-hangers lately, with players arriving and players leaving. But that’s all over now, says team owner Lauren Barr, with the trading deadline for the league…
Icedogs back in their natural habitat (indoor ice)

Joe McWilliamsLakeside Leader As reported in this space a week ago, the Slave Lake Icedogs got back to practicing on indoor ice on Feb. 22. It’s not exactly normal, but as head coach Gregg Kennedy says, any indoor ice is…
No exemption yet for GMHL

Joe McWilliamsLakeside Leader With play resuming for a reconfigured Western Hockey League this week, the Greater Metro Hockey League (GMHL) was optimistic about similar approval from the government. But as of last week, it still hadn’t happened. “The Gov’t is…
Hockey inching back into action for college players

Joe McWilliams Lakeside Leader All local hockey was still on hold last week, while everyone waited for the provincial government’s decision. Would it be back to playing in cohorts? Would the season be canceled? Meanwhile, on rinks far, far away,…
Icedogs’ new captain waiting, hoping

Joe McWilliams Lakeside Leader Shaye Sommerfeld is the new captain of the Slave Lake Icedogs. In normal times that would have some immediate on-ice significance. With hockey suspended due to COVID, it’s more of a waiting game these days, with…
Icedogs waiting for restrictions to be lifted

Joe McWilliams Lakeside Leader Slave Lake’s junior hockey team is in limbo like every other team in town. But a few things are happening behind the scenes, according to team owner Lauren Barr. Player movement is the big one. “We…
Outdoor rinks pop up in response to COVID shutdown

Leader staff Word on the street is there are a lot more private skating rinks this winter than usual. People want to skate and with hockey and indoor facilities shut down for three weeks, back (and sometimes front) yard rinks…
Some curling returns to Slave

Submitted Curling Alberta has given clubs in ‘enhanced’ zones the green light for allowing individual, one-on-one, and family (same household) practices. So we are opening up the club starting Wednesday, December 2nd for individuals, one-on-ones, and families from the same…