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NLL changes championship format

Top lacrosse league in the world makes final a best of three

roughnecks oc1 thumbThe National Lacrosse League, NLL, will be featuring a new championship final this season.

The NLL, the premier league in North America, has announced that starting in the 2015 season, the battle to be crowned champs will be a best of three game series.

Lacrosse is still a growing sport in North America when compared to that of hockey, football and baseball. But it is finding ways to make itself a more entertaining and popular option for sports fans across the continent.

Last season, the final showdown of the league's top two teams was a two game series, with a 10-minute mini-game at the end of the second game if needed. In previous years, it mimicked that of football playoffs, being a one-and-done single elimination game.

Mike Board, general manager of the Calgary Roughnecks, also sits on the NLL's board of governors and competition committee. He says that both fans, and competitors support the move of the final series going to a full three games.


Women’s hockey is growing in Alberta, but where are the coaches?

Only 3.6 per cent of coaches in Alberta are female

MShilleto Womens GameWomen's hockey in Alberta has become more popular than ever among female players. However, there is only a small group of female role models making up the coaching core in Alberta.

In 2014, over 9,000 women were playing amateur hockey in Wild Rose Country —about 13 per cent of the total players. The coaching staff of Alberta is only 3.6 per cent female, half of the national average.


Ski Mountaineers: pain with no payoff

Economic hardships and limited opportunities are putting a strain on the sport of ski mountaineering

Ski Mountaineering RacerSome athletes get paid huge salaries to compete in their chosen sport. But ski mountaineers - who ski up hills and then continue to race down them in timed relays - aren't among them, struggling to find the financial resources to keep them competing in their beloved sport.

Few people know this struggle more than Melanie Bernier, who is an active member of Canada's ski mountaineering scene, and just last year became the first Canadian to get a podium placement in the International Ski Mountaineering Federation (ISMF) World Cup. When she's not competing or training throughout the Rocky Mountains, Bernier can be found working at one of her three jobs, one of which is running her own residential design business.


U of C Dinos get T-Wrecked by MRU Cougars at third annual Crowchild Classic

CIS university hockey rivals play before record-breaking crowd at YYC crosstown smackdown

Cameron Perrier Action Shot Months of anticipation came to its denouement Thursday night in front of a Canadian Interuniversity Sport West record 8,882 screaming fans at the Scotiabank Saddledome.

The third installment of the "Crosstown Smackdown," which saw over 2,500 more fans than last season's record-breaking event, once again pinned the Mount Royal University Cougars against their CIS West rival University of Calgary Dinos.