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First Nations high school basketball team achieves the unthinkable

The Bassano Broncos make provincials for the first time in over 40 years. Despite ultimately coming up short the team has changed the schools sports culture.

Tristen-WeaselHead copyAn all-First Nations high school basketball team, The Bassano Broncos, recently made it all the way to Alberta’s provincial finals. It’s the first time the team has done so in over 40 years. But even though they didn’t win that tournament, their success has changed the sports culture of their school - all without their head coach and star player.

 The division 1A basketball provincial’s is a tournament where the teams who finished first and second in their league compete for the provincial championship.

The tournament was held in Hines Creek, Alta, a small village that’s eight hours north of Calgary and home to around 400 souls. 


Eat or be Eaten: How the NHL is changing Canadian Broadcasting

hockey night in canada copyImagine turning on your television, searching for your local CBC channel, only to find out it no longer exists.

No more Hockey Night in Canada on Saturday nights, no more summer or winter Olympics, no more dinner-time newscasts with Peter Mansbridge—such is the reality the network may soon face given the loss of its flagship programming, NHL hockey, to Rogers Media, says David Taras, a professor of communications at Mount Royal University in Calgary.

Taras says his initial reaction to hearing that the CBC lost the rights to broadcast NHL hockey was the "death of the CBC," but he also notes that the race for broadcasting rights for sports and entertainment points to a larger issue in Canadian broadcasting.

"We have the networks betting on sports for two reasons. One is sports are very popular. There are huge amounts of money in it, and it's central to the culture. And the other reason is cord cutting. So if you own live sports, and I would even say beyond that, live entertainment, then it prevents cord cutting because in order for people to get sports, they have to watch live," says Taras.

Taras suggests that, for the CBC, it appears as though the loss of NHL hockey to Rogers was only the spark that may soon ignite a forest fire.


Aging dome no deterrent for free agents

Player agent says age of the Saddledone is low on the list factors free agents weigh in deciding where to play

saddledome thumbWith the Joe Louis in Detroit and Rexall Place in Edmonton, replacement arenas are already breaking ground, and with the Islanders moving from the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum to the Barclay's Centre in Brooklyn, the Calgary Flames home, the Scotiabank Saddledome is set to become the oldest building in the NHL.

The Flames are at the beginning of their efforts to have a new arena built. With such an old building to call home for the foreseeable future, will the Flames suffer in recruiting free agent players to sign with their club?


Bauer Canada and Hockey Calgary team up

Bauer Canada's 'Grow the Game' initiative helps ease parents' concerns with the price of hockey

CC-HockeySome parents are hesitant in enrolling their children in hockey because of the high cost, but Bauer Canada's Grow the Game initiative has partnered with Hockey Calgary and other local minor hockey associations across Canada to help ease their hesitancy.

Northwest Calgary Athletic Association president Ty Snaith says the cost factor of hockey is high, especially for elite hockey teams.

"Hockey in this country is becoming an elites sport because a lot of people just can't afford it," says Snaith.

Snaith says the parents of kids playing for midget or bantam AAA hockey teams are paying around $6,000 to $7,000 a year to have their kid in hockey.

That's not quite what hockey dad Jeff Shugg is paying – although the final bill is still costly.