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MRU game leading up to Remembrance Day raises money for Veterans Food Bank

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On a Saturday night when the Mount Royal Cougars faced the University of Saskatchewan Huskies in a Canada West showdown, the outcome of the game wasn’t the most important thing. The win, while important to an 8-1 Huskies team, was more important for Canadian veterans and the Veterans Food Bank.

The event raised a total of $1629 dollars for the Veterans Food Bank.

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Calgary Inferno player Jacquie Pierri creates 'Keep the Beat', to raise awareness for heart disease

thumb infernoPhoto 2The relationship between a child and parent can take many forms, but the bond between Jacquie Pierri, 25, and her father Al Pierri was far greater than anything imaginable. 

Two years ago, Al Pierri died from a heart attack while he was playing recreation hockey in Florida. This was not his first heart attack on a sheet of ice, Al suffered a heart attack before, when Jacquie was 10 years old. 

The irony in him having both of his heart attacks while playing hockey is not lost on me,” said Jacquie, a member of Calgary, Alta.’s own professional women’s hockey team Calgary Inferno, part of the Canadian Women’s Hockey League.

Hockey was the foundation of the bond between Jacquie, her father and her brother. She said her father immersed himself in the sport and it became their family “thing.” 

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Playoff win draws more attention than federal election at sports bar

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Even though some chants of “Go Harper!” could be heard among the crowd, supporters gathered at Schanks Sports Grill in southwest Calgary were not there to discuss politics. Instead, fans of all political stripes gathered to cheer on the Toronto Blue Jays in game three of the American League Championship Series. The Jays won 11-8 over the Kansas City Royals.

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Mount Royal finds offensive spark in successful night against University of Manitoba

thumb scoreThe Mount Royal Cougars men’s hockey team impressed in their first home game of the season on Friday Oct. 16, with a convincing 6-1 victory over the University of Manitoba Bisons.  

The Cougars were able to bounce back after their disappointing season opening weekend, which saw them drop both games to the University of British Columbia, by finals of 4-3 and 2-1.

“We needed this game,” said Cougars head coach, Bert Gilling. “We wanted to break loose, we were super excited to get on our home ice and even last weekend, we started our season in UBC, we thought we played well, didn’t necessarily get rewarded for it.”

Mount Royal started with a fast pace, hemming the Bisons in their own zone for the majority of the first period. Hampered by the Cougars’ fierce forecheck, the Bisons had trouble retrieving the puck from their zone to create any sort of breakout. 

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